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Published:December 30th, 2012 12:42 EST

Jack Klugman Dead at 90 Years Old

By Garrett Godwin

From Soul Train conductor Don Cornelius to American Bandstand`s Dick Clark to Andy Griffith, television lost another beloved icon this Christmas with Jack Klugman, who died at the age of 90.

Klugman first became known on the ABC sitcom The Odd Couple (1970-75) as Oscar Madison, the sloppy roommate and best friend of neat freak Felix Unger (Tony Randall). 

Based on Neil Simon`s play, the series was co-created by Garry Marshall, who went on to create Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Monk & Mindy, as well as a successful career as a director with Hollywood blockbusters such as Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  While not a ratings hit during its five-year run, The Odd Couple earned Klugman two Emmys and a Golden Globe.

Klugman found greater success as Quincy, M.E, a medical examiner who solves crimes.  The show, which aired from 1976 to 1983, has been considered the predecessor to several of today`s popular procedural shows, which includes the hugely successful CSI franchise and NBC`s Crossing Jordan (2001-07) with Law & Order alumni Jill Hennessy as the smart, sexy but maverick Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh; Klugman made a guest appearance on the latter.

Klugman is survive by Peggy Crosby, his wife since 2008, and Adam and David, his sons from a previous marriage to Brett Somers.