"For 50 years, acting was the reason I got up in the morning."
12 Angry Men (1957) With Henry Fonda, Robert Webber, and Lee J. Cobb.
The Twilight Zone, "A Passage for Trumpet" (1960).
The Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Couldn't find the clip I was looking for, so I had to settle for a still photo. Other than Klugman's fine performance in a good, though not great, film, there's something else I want to point out. Klugman famously played Oscar Madison in the TV version of The Odd Couple. Jack Lemmon, seen here on the right, played Felix Unger in the movie of the same name. So, there you have it, folks, Oscar and Felix. Except they're not Oscar and Felix in Wine and Roses, and never played Oscar and Felix opposite each other. Odd, huh?
I Could Go On Singing (1963) Klugman's hands rest on the shoulders of one of the greats, Judy Garland.
Goodbye, Columbus (1969). With Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw, and Nan Martin. The last name of Benjamin's character is Klugman!
The Odd Couple (1970-1975) With Tony Randall, whom, to my knowledge, never appeared in a movie with Walter Matthau.
I was never a fan of Quincy M.E. (1976-1983), all about a coroner who solves crimes, but Klugman himself was apparently passionate about the show, and that made it worth watching from time to time. Klugman also fought to make it more than a typical crime drama. The only crime in the episode "Seldom Silent, Never Heard" has to do with an orphan (rare diseases) drug bill that's being held up in Congress. Here's an excerpt, featuring Paul Clemens as a young man with Tourette syndrome:
Jack Klugman is obviously not the focus of the above clip. However, shortly after this episode aired, Klugman testified in front of Congress himself, the real Congress, not a fictitious TV version, about a real orphan drug bill that was being held up for some reason. Despite Klugman's testimony, a senator, Orrin Hatch, remained skeptical. So Klugman did a sequel, this one with a fictional, skeptical senator (sorry, I couldn't find a clip) which put pressure on the real skeptical senator. Eventually, The Orphan Drug Act of 1983 was passed, providing incentives to pharmaceutical companies to develop treatments for diseases that, as the young man in the clip says, never make it to the Top 40. Good going, Jack!
Another Quincy show from around the same time deals with a bunch of teenagers who become crazed murderers after listening to punk rock. I'm not going to show you a clip from that particular episode. I've seen it, and trust me, it deserves to be orphaned.