12/24/2012 9:37PM

Jack Klugman, actor and racehorse owner, dead at 90


Jack Klugman, star of stage, screen, and television, and also a Thoroughbred owner, died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 90, according to an Associated Press report. No cause was given for his death.

Klugman, an avid racing fan who was a long-time regular at Southern California tracks, was most noted in the Thoroughbred world as the owner of Jaklin Klugman, a modestly bred colt who finished a close third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby, defeated just two lengths by the filly Genuine Risk. He was then a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness behind Codex.

Klugman’s celebrity gave the horse notoriety, but Jaklin Klugman did his share, having a stellar second half of the year in 1980 and narrowly missing the sprint championship when defeated by eventual sprint titlist Plugged Nickle in a hard-fought battle in the Vosburgh.

Jaklin Klugman got his name after a mixup involving the horse's gender. Asked in 2010 about the incident, Klugman told the Daily Racing Form: "My partner" -  John Dominguez - "tried to humiliate me by naming the horse after me. So we called the guy at the ranch, and he said it was a filly - how would you like to have that guy in charge of your sex life? So he named him Jaklin Klugman."

Known for his raspy voice, which worsened after suffering from throat cancer in the 1980’s, Klugman was probably most recognized for his roles on television as sportswriter Oscar Madison on the “Odd Couple” and the title character in the crime drama “Quincy, M.E.” He was particularly fond of Madison, saying, "He was my favorite character. I loved this guy. He was me. Sloppy but clean and a woman chaser."

Klugman is survived by his wife, Peggy; his sons Adam and David; and two grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.