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'Quincy' actor Jack Klugman dies at home in Los Angeles

Emmy-winning actor Jack Klugman, best-known for his roles in "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy, M.E." has died aged 90.

Actor Klugman speaking at the 6th annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica in 2008 Credit: Reuters

Klugman has been unwell and died at his home in Los Angeles. His son, Adam, said he couldn't walk and spent much of his time in bed.

His wife of four-and-a-half years, Peggy Crosby Klugman, former daughter-in-law of the late singer Bing Crosby, was with him when he died.

He went very suddenly and peacefully ... he was there one minute and gone the next.

– Adam Klugman, Jack's son

In addition to his TV fame, Klugman enjoyed a career on the stage as well as in movies. He even ventured into horse breeding and political activism.

Not even the loss of a vocal cord to cancer in 1989 could silence him for long.

Klugman gained fame for playing slovenly sports writer Oscar Madison in the sitcom "The Odd Couple," - a role he also had played on Broadway - and then as a crusading coroner in the crime drama "Quincy, M.E."

"The Odd Couple," based on Neil Simon's play about two disparate divorced men forced to share an apartment, ran for five years, starting in 1970, but was never a hit during that time.

Only through repeats did Klugman leave his mark as one half of US television's great sitcom teams.

In Hollywood, Klugman had notable supporting roles in such films as "12 Angry Men" (1957), "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962), "Goodbye, Columbus" (1969).

Actor Jack Klugman and his wife Peggy Crosby Credit: Reuters

He won the first of three Emmys in 1964 for an appearance on the legal drama "The Defenders."

Klugman and co-star Tony Randall each received Emmy nominations for each of the "Odd Couple" seasons, with Klugman winning in 1971 and 1973 and Randall in 1975.

Klugman also earned four Emmy nominations for NBC's "Quincy, M.E."