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    It's sad to hear about Jack Klugman(Oscar Madison)passing away.
    He was 90 years old.He taught Tom Seaver how to throw a curve.
    He told The Pigeon Sisters he wanted to watch the Mets slaughter the Cardinals and had to explain to them
    that the Cardinals are a baseball team.He was the one who originally made wearing a Met hat backwards
    fashionable.Here's a tribute in remembering Jack Klugman(Oscar Madison).

    FELIXid you notice I was limping before?
    OSCAR:I noticed.I noticed.
    FELIX:So why didn't you say anything?
    OSCAR:Because I don't care.(lol)
    "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
    at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman

  • #2
    I heard. Such a shame on Christmas Eve. RIP Jack
    unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
    unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
    unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

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    • #3
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      We'll miss you, Jack.
      I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
      - Walt Whitman

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      • #4
        I always thought The Odd Couple was a great show. One of the few shows that was actually funny during that time. I'm not sure if this is true but I heard he was suppose to be Buttermaker in The Bad News Bears 1976 version.
        "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

        "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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        • #5
          My two favorite all time comedies are the Honeymooners and the Odd Couple. I know there are a few of us that grew up in the late 70's and the Odd couple was on at 11:00 and then the Honeymooners were on at 11:30. At the that point the day was officially over (unless you watched The Twilight Zone at 12:00).

          Oscar Madison truly one of TV's best characters.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Paulypal View Post
            My two favorite all time comedies are the Honeymooners and the Odd Couple. I know there are a few of us that grew up in the late 70's and the Odd couple was on at 11:00 and then the Honeymooners were on at 11:30. At the that point the day was officially over (unless you watched The Twilight Zone at 12:00).

            Oscar Madison truly one of TV's best characters.
            My two favorite all time comedies are also The Honeymooners and The Odd Couple.And I also remember in the late 70s that
            like you said The Odd Couple was on at 11:00 and The Honeymooners were on at 11:30 and The Twilight Zone was on at
            12:00.Since The Twilight Zone,the original Twilight Zone,is one of my favorite all time shows I watched The Twilight Zone at
            12:00.Ironically enough,Jack Klugman is tied for the all time record for playing a main character in the most Twilight Zone episodes.Jack Klugman has played a main character in 4 Twilight Zone episodes.He is tied with John Anderson and Burgess
            Meredith in playing a main character in 4 Twilight Zone episodes.Infact,there was one episode when Jack Klugman and John
            Anderson were in the episode together called A Passage For Trumpet in 1960.Jack Klugman played a down on his luck trumpet player who tried to commit suicide.John Anderson who plays a ghost named Gabriel who gives Jack Klugman a second chance.And then at the end of the episode when Jack Klugman is playing his trumpet he meets an attractive girl so
            the story has a happy ending.It was a really great episode.I apologize for getting off the Mets topic.I just couldn't help but
            note the irony.I'll end this post by tying in a Mets reference.There was a Twilight Zone episode where a guy had a stopwatch that could stop time.Then he could click on the stopwatch to resume time again.So what the guy did was in 1963 he went to a Mets game at the Polo Grounds and he stopped time so he could move second base so that Duke Snider
            could be safe instead of out in stealing second base.Then Snider came home to score the winning run and the Mets won the
            game.You can only find that part of the episode when the episode is shown in its entirety.If you watched the chopped up
            version of the episode unfortunately they cut that part out which is a sin because that was my favorite part of the episode.
            So I wish that 50 years later in 2013 the Mets could get that stopwatch because they're gonna need it if they want to win
            some games.
            12:00
            "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
            at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman

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            • #7
              RIP Jack. :candle:

              Long live Oscar Madison! HE shall never die.
              Put it in the books.

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              • #8
                The title of this thread should be changed to refer to Jack Klugman, not Oscar Madison, passing away. We're noting the loss of the man, not the character. Besides, there are instances where a character can die, but the actor who portrayed him is still alive. For example, Edith Bunker from "All In The Family" died, but Jean Stapleton, who so brilliantly portrayed her, is still with us. (Ironically, Archie Bunker may still be alive - certainly, he was alive when the show ended, and he'd be in his late 80s-early 90s today - but the actor who played him, Carroll O'Connor, is deceased. So there can never be an "All In The Family" reunion. But I digress.)

                That having been said...

                Originally posted by Paulypal View Post
                My two favorite all time comedies are the Honeymooners and the Odd Couple. I know there are a few
                of us that grew up in the late 70's and the Odd couple was on at 11:00 and then the Honeymooners were on at 11:30.
                I remember watching the two shows back-to-back, and thinking how ancient and primitive Honeymooners was, and how modern Odd Couple was. Of course, there was a 20-year difference between the shows, and one was black-and-white and one was color. The scary thing is when you realize that The Odd Couple is now 40 years old!

                Interestingly, some of the opening credit shots were taken around the pre-renovation Yankee Stadium. Probably the most familiar is the scene of Oscar walking out of the press gate (actually Gate 6) with a hot dog in his mouth, but here's a screen capture showing the Macombs Dam Bridge Approach, and the intersection with 161st Street is to the right... across the street from there (but not visible in this image) is the site of the present (2009-date) Yankee Stadium.



                Never mind "can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy" - what I want to know is, why are two middle-aged men doing the Maypole Dance with a large group of children? Nobody has ever been able to satisfactorily explain that to me.

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                What's THAT guy doing?
                - one of the YES Network broadcasters, after the camera cut to me doing the thumbs-down after Todd Frazier's home run

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                • #9
                  Farewell, Oscar Madisoy.

                  klugman_mets1.jpg
                  Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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                  • #10
                    I always liked Jack as an actor. Like some have already said, I always looked forward to seeing Oscar & Felix go at it following IMO one of the best television show theme songs ever. He showed his ability to slide to the dramatic role in Quincy. Fact is, it wasn't until I found out Jack was in 12 Angry Men that I finally took the time to see this classic film. It wasn't Fonda. It wasn't EG Marshall - it was Klugman. Thanks Jack for years of entertainment and RIP.
                    "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
                      I always thought The Odd Couple was a great show. One of the few shows that was actually funny during that time. I'm not sure if this is true but I heard he was suppose to be Buttermaker in The Bad News Bears 1976 version.
                      Morris Buttermaker was potrayed by Walter Matthau, who potrayed Oscar Madison on Broadway and in the film version. Matthau was later replaced on the stage by Jack Klugman.

                      There were many good comedies in the Odd Couple era. It was one of the best eras for sitcoms.

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                      • #12
                        It was almost painful to see him in interviews in recent years, after his voice was ravaged by throat cancer. Unfortunately, it was during his battle with cancer Eagle Snacks decided to dub his voice into commericals where he had no lines where he previously just grabbed a bag of whatever snack food it was and walked off with it without saying a word.

                        Oscar Madison was a classic. IMHO, the TV show was as good as the movie, which is such a rarity when a movie is shot for the small screen. Of course, how often is that sort of success achieved at three levels?

                        RIP, Mr. Klugman.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Strawman View Post
                          Farewell, Oscar Madisoy.
                          He'd have won if he was Chinese...

                          ...how he got Felix to go along with it in the first place remains a mystery...

                          "I'm sorry, Felix... I had nothing left to bet with!"
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                          What's THAT guy doing?
                          - one of the YES Network broadcasters, after the camera cut to me doing the thumbs-down after Todd Frazier's home run

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gary Dunaier View Post
                            The title of this thread should be changed to refer to Jack Klugman, not Oscar Madison, passing away. We're noting the loss of the man, not the character.
                            The only problem I can see with that is the fact that Jack Klugman was not baseball-related. Oscar Madison is.

                            So, as I mentioned previously, although Klugman has died -- 90 is indeed a ripe old age -- Oscar Madison will never die (hence the disctinction I made in my previous post).

                            Originally posted by Strawman View Post
                            Farewell, Oscar Madisoy.
                            Don't forget the second attempt: Oscar Madisox.
                            Put it in the books.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gary Dunaier View Post
                              He'd have won if he was Chinese...

                              ...how he got Felix to go along with it in the first place remains a mystery...

                              "I'm sorry, Felix... I had nothing left to bet with!"
                              " No you'll lose............. double or nothing and I'll have to bring in my brother from Buffalo "

                              Very sad, but nothing to do with the Mets beyond a fictional character wearing a Met hat who had no part of the movie or scene shot at Shea with Walter Matthau.

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