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Gift of Life Supporter Jack Klugman Dies at Age 90

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 12/24/2012
Jack Klugman, star of stage, film and television, perhaps best known for the roles of Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple," the starring role in "Quincy M.E.," and as Juror  Number Five in "12 Angry Men" died on Monday, December 24, 2012 at the age of 90. He was the last surviving member of the jury portrayed in "12 Angry Men."

On March 30, 1996, Gift of Life, Inc presented Jack Klugman with its International Humanitarian Service Award at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Pictured at left - Father Leonid Kishkovsky, on behalf of Russian Gift of Life USA, speaks at the GOL gala honoring Jack Klugman as Peggy Crosby looks on. The text of the Gift of Life's International Humanitarian Service Award reads as follows:

"Your warmth, character and courage are hallmarks of a distinguished American who has accomplished much in life to admire and honor. While bringing delight to stage, screen and TV audiences worldwide, in like measure you have brought hope and salvation to countless others of all ages. The spirit of the Gift of Life is in you as an inspiring example of our noble duty to reach out to people in distress everywhere for the sake of humanity." Gift of Life Board of Directors

Jack Klugman and his then-fiance, Peggy Crosby, were gracious and generous with their time and praise for the Gift of Life's work and cause. Gavin and Patti MacLeod joined the Gift of Life of community at the event and everyone enjoyed the "cameo" appearance by Tony Randall. Since both of these great stars of the popular television series "The Odd Couple" received the Gift of Life International Humanitarian Service Award, they were nicknamed the "Even Couple" at the gala.

Jack Klugman is survived by his wife Peggy Crosby, former daughter-in-law of the late singer Bing Crosby, sons Adam and David and two grandchildren.

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