Tony Randall:

Tony Randall:

Tony Randall

Tony Randall was an American actor, and four-time Emmy, Golden Globe, and two-time Academy Award nominated actor and producer. The sixth of seven children, and the oldest of five sons, he was born in Harlem. He attended New York City's High School of Performing Arts and studied drama at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Randall's first major television role was as a history teacher on Mister Peepers (1952); he joined the cast in 1955. After the series ended, he had numerous guest spots on such shows as The United States Steel Hour (1953), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Love, American Style (1969), and Here's Lucy (1968). He wouldn't return to TV in a major role until 1970, when he played sardonic neat freak Felix Unger in ABC's The Odd Couple (1970) opposite Jack Klugman. He earned Emmy nominations for each season, finally winning in 1975 for its last. He later starred in The Tony Randall Show (1976) as a Philadelphia judge, and Love, Sidney (1981) as a gay artist. The former earned him one Golden Globe nomination and the latter earned him two. He reunited with Jack Klugman for the 1993 TV movie The Odd Couple: Together Again (1993). A natural for comedy, Randall starred in more than twenty-five movies, cast in a large portion of comedy roles opposite Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Rock Hudson. From 1970 through 1975 he starred with Jack Klugman in the highly successful television show The Odd Couple, winning an Emmy for the show's last season. He also starred in The Tony Randall Show from 1976 to 1978.

In 1970 Randall made the career move that earned him a permanent place in the annals of television comedy. He was given the plum role of Felix Ungar, the obsessively fastidious, often exasperating, yet likable baby photographer whose recent divorce has sent him into an emotional tailspin. With nowhere to go he has come to live with his friend Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman), a hugely untidy, free-wheeling sports writer, also divorced. Neil Simon’s original 1965 stage play, with Walter Matthau and Art Carney, had scored a great success, and the 1968 film version, with Matthau and Jack Lemmon, had also done well. Given a basic situation ripe for comic treatment (neat freak versus slob), the television version delighted viewers for five seasons (1970–1975) and continued in reruns. Over the years Randall and Klugman were reunited on stage in the United States and London for performances of The Odd Couple, many of them benefits, and in 1993 they appeared in a television special, The Odd Couple: Together Again. (Source: www.encyclopedia.com)



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