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In Memoriam: Tony Randall

May 18, 2004 at 12:00 AM EDT


GWEN IFILL: And finally, remembering actor Tony Randall. He died last night of pneumonia. Randall was best known for starring in “The Odd Couple.” The TV series, based on the Neil Simon play, ran from 1970 to 1975. Here’s a clip from the series: First, the memorable title sequence that established him as the prim, compulsively neat Felix Unger; and then, a scene with roommate Oscar Madison, played by Jack Klugman.

NARRATOR: On Nov. 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down he knew she was right. But he also knew that some day he would return to her.

With nowhere to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison’s wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?

ACTRESS: Oh, hi, Mr. Unger. You look terrible.

OSCAR: Hi, Felix, I got to cover a game; make supper right away, will you?

FELIX: Oscar, I can’t move. Every bone in my body aches. Even my ear lobes ache.

OSCAR: I know how you feel.

FELIX: Nobody knows. Eleven hours today. I photographed little children eating breakfast food. (Laughter) One tiny tike drooled on my ankle. A heavy set kid rammed his tow truck into my shin. And an angel faced little girl made sissy in my camera bag. ( Laughter ) Success has a hollow ring.

OSCAR: My stomach has a hollow ring, will you make supper already?

FELIX: Oh, Oscar, I can’t even think about supper. Get that, will you.

OSCAR: Sure. Come in!

FELIX: Take a miracle to get me off

CLERGYMAN: Hello, my sons.

GWEN IFILL: Tony Randall was 84 years old.