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Cast Biographies

Tony Randall

Tony Randall was born Leonard Rosenberg on February 26, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At age 19, he went to New York to pursue an acting career, and made his stage debut in "Circle of Chalk" in 1941. He then served in the U.S. army from 1942 to 1946. His first tv role was a recurring character on the serial drama "One Man''s Family" from 1950 to1952. His first regular role was that of a teacher on the sitcom "Mr. Peepers." After "Mr. Peepers," he began landing movie roles, and starred opposite such blonde bombshells as Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe, before appearing in three movies with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Even after appearing in well over a dozen films, it wasn''t until "The Odd Couple" that he attained widespread fame. In 1975, he won an Emmy for his performance on the show. After "The Odd Couple," he starred in the sitcom "The Tony Randall Show." In the early 1980s, he played a homosexual in the sitcom "Love Sidney." (However, the character''s homosexuality was only referred to in the tv-movie which was the show''s pilot. It was not mentioned in the show itself.)

In 1991, Tony finally accomplished what had been a dream of his for decades, when he established the National Actor''s Theater, which presents revivals of classic plays at affordable prices. Tony is the executive producer of the company, and has performed in some of the plays. To help raise money for the company, he reunited with Jack for some live productions of "The Odd Couple" play. In 1992, Florence, Tony''s wife of fifty years passed away. On November 17, 1995, Tony married Heather Harlan, an actress who performedat his theater company. On April 11, 1997, Heather gave birth to the couple''s first child, Julia Laurette Randall. Their second child, Jefferson Salvini Randall, was born on June 15, 1998. He is named after two performers of the late 1800s - comic actor Joseph Jefferson and Italian tragic actor Tommasso Salvini. Tony lived with his family in New York City, where heworke as artistic director (and occasional performer) for the NAT. He died on May 17, 2004 after a long illness.

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 27, 1922. He made his stage debut in New York City in the play "Saint Joan." Jack performed on several tv shows in the 1950s, particularly anthology series such as "The U.S. Steel Hour" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." He appeared on "The Twilight Zone" four times, tying withBurgess Meredith for the most appearances on the show. In 1964, he won an Emmy for his appearance on the show "The Defenders."

After appearing in a few movies, Jack got a starring role in the short-lived sitcom "Harris Against the World." It wasn''t until "The Odd Couple" that he became a well-known actor. His performance as Oscar won him an Emmy in 1971 and 1973. He had married Brett Somers in 1956, and they separated in 1976, but remained married until her death in 2007. After "The Odd Couple," he played the title role in the police drama "Quincy, M.E." where he once again worked with Garry Wahlberg, who had played Speed on "The Odd Couple." After "Quincy" he starred in another short-lived sitcom, "You Again?"

In 1989, he had to undergo surgery for throat cancer, and for a few years after he was unable to talk. Now, he is able to speak, but only in a rough-sounding whisper. In 1993, when he and Tony made an Odd Couple reunion special, the main storyline was the fact that Oscar had had an operation for throat cancer. Jack still performs on stage occasionally,and in 1998 he fulfilled a life-long dream when he played Willie Loman in "Death of a Salesman." Jack currently lives in California, where he owns racehorses and has a dream of winning the Kentucky Derby. Jack married longtime girlfriend Peggy Crosby on February 2, 2008.

Al Molinaro

Al Molinaro was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on June 24, 1919. He began as a musician, and was a local television producer in Los Angeles, which eventually led to acting roles, in local tv commercials, and later, in tv shows. In the 1960s, he appeared in a few episodes of "Get Smart," replacing Dave Ketchum as Agent 13. His first major tv role was that of Murray the Cop on "The Odd Couple." After "The Odd Couple," he played Al, the owner of Arnold''s Drive-In on "Happy Days," another Garry Marshall show. He played the same role in the short-lived spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi." In 1990, he had a role in the short-lived sitcom "The Family Man." In 1995, he once again reprised "Happy Days" role in a music video for the song "Buddy Holly" by Weezer. He currently lives in Glendale, California.

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall was born Penny Marscharelli on October 15, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of Tony Marshall, and sister of Garry Marshall, she was raised in a show business atmosphere. After appearing in a season of "The Danny Thomas Hour," she played bit parts in various tv shows. Her first big tv role came in 1971, when she began playing Myrna on "The Odd Couple." After "The Odd Couple," she co-starred in the "Happy Days" spin-off "Laverne and Shirley," and even directed some of the episodes. She has beendirecting feature films since 1986, such as "Big" and "A League of Their Own." From 1971 to 1979, she was married to actor-director Rob Reiner (who played her boyfriend in an episode of "The Odd Couple"), with whom she has a daughter, Tracy. Penny continues to direct, and heads her own production company, Parkway Productions.