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Tony Randall was married to his first wife, model Florence Randall, for 54 years until her death in 1992. In the TV movie that served as the latter show's pilot, Sidney Shorr was written as a gay man, but his character's sexuality was made ambiguous when the series premiered. Randall, who had been hospitalized since December when he developed pneumonia after heart bypass surgery, died in his sleep Monday night at NYU Medical Center.
Randall, who had been hospitalized since December when he developed pneumonia after heart bypass surgery, died in his sleep Monday night at NYU Medical Center. (1988), and The Man in the Brown Suit (1989). Randall worked as an announcer at radio station WTAG in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the son of Mogscha Rosenberg, a dealer in artworks and antiques, and the former Julia Finston. I loved him very much and miss him already.”, “Tony Randall’s passion for live theatre was unmatched,” Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theatres and Producers, said in a statement. In 1999 the City College of New York honored Randall with the John H. Finley Award for outstanding service to the City of New York. “He taught me how to write, he taught my sister, Penny, how to act, and he taught millions of people how to laugh.”. Eva Wolas wrote what was then described as a "sex comedy" in 1948, called "To Tell the Truth," and Mr. Randall got a part in it. Randall and Heather’s unconventional love story. In 1974, Randall and Jack Klugman appeared in television spots endorsing a Yahtzee spinoff, Challenge Yahtzee.
He met her through his National Actors Theatre, where she was an intern; then-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani performed the ceremony. Broadway’s marquee lights were being dimmed in his honor Tuesday night. Randall was a frequent guest as well on both of David Letterman's late-night shows Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman, making 70 appearances, according to his obituary in The Washington Post; Letterman said that Randall was one of his favorite guests, along with Regis Philbin. Last year, Randall told AP Radio that, thanks to reruns, it was no surprise most people knew him as Felix Unger. In September, during a speech to the National Funeral Directors Association, Randall joked about how he envisioned his own ceremony: President Bush and Vice President Cheney would show up to pay their respects, but they’d be turned away because his family knows he didn’t like them. Randall returned to television in 1970 as Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, opposite Jack Klugman, a role lasting for five years.
He was in rehearsal for a part in Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth" in 1942 when he was drafted into the Army. Randall then served for four years with the United States Army Signal Corps in World War II, including work at the Signal Intelligence Service. He would also appear in Conan's 5th Anniversary Special with the character PimpBot 5000. In 1991, Randall founded the National Actors Theatre (ultimately housed at Pace University in New York City. Mr. Randall went backstage to get her autograph, for which he was asked to pay 25 cents (Miss Cornell informed him that such money went to charity). Even 20 years after "The Odd Couple" went off the air, Mr. Randall was often stopped on the streets of New York (he loved to walk and when he did not, he almost always took public transportation) by people who never forgot Felix and were convinced that Unger and Randall were one and the same. In 1993, when Conan O’Brien took over the time slot at NBC that Letterman had vacated for a new show at CBS, Randall was a guest on O’Brien’s debut episode.
“Tony had such a beautiful spirit and so much youth and vigor,” Heather Randall said on “Larry King Live.”. Randall's success in Inherit the Wind led to film offers and his first significant big-screen role in Oh, Men! Mr. Randall died in his sleep at N.Y.U. Butterfly.”. Mr. Trentacosta said Mr. Randall had been hospitalized since December, when he underwent a triple heart bypass and later contracted pneumonia. , In his book Which Reminds Me, Randall maintained that any publicity an actor generates should be about his work, not himself. In 1954 he played the part of a boozing movie star in "Oh, Men!
Mr. Randall died in his sleep at N.Y.U.
On September 4, 1955, Randall and Jack Klugman appeared together with Gena Rowlands in the episode "The Pirate's House" of the CBS anthology series, Appointment with Adventure. A noted raconteur, Randall co-wrote with Mike Mindlin a collection of amusing and sometimes racy show business anecdotes called Which Reminds Me, published in 1989. “People have to remember this was 1981? The show’s charm sprang from Felix’s chemistry and conflict with Oscar, the sloppy sportswriter he’s forced to share an apartment with after both men get divorced. In 1973, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman recorded an album called The Odd Couple Sings for London Records. Among his other television credits are "The Tony Randall Show" (1977-78), in which he played a judge and "Love, Sidney" (1981-83), in which he played a middle-aged man who took in an unwed mother and offered to help raise her child. He studied under Sanford Meisner and choreographer Martha Graham. After his discharge in 1946 he returned to New York and made appearances on a radio show then presided over by the satirist Henry Morgan.
The names of Felix's children on The Odd Couple were Edna and Leonard, named for Randall's sister and Randall himself.
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