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<i>The Odd Couple</i> Star Tony Randall Dies at 84 - 2004-05-19

Emmy award-winning actor Tony Randall has died in his sleep at age 84.

The comic actor was best known for his role as Felix Ungar, the neat and clean roommate in the television series The Odd Couple, in which he co-starred with Jack Klugman from 1970 to 1975. He won an Emmy in 1975 for his role in the show.

After The Odd Couple, Mr. Randall starred in two short-lived television shows, "The Tony Randall Show," in which he played a Philadelphia judge, and Love, Sidney. In Love, Sidney, his character was an implied homosexual, years before the much-hyped coming out on Ellen in 1997.

Mr. Randall became a fixture on David Letterman's late night talk show, appearing a record 70 times. He capitalized on his squeaky clean image by taking part in Letterman's wacky antics, including allowing himself to be covered in mud.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Harlan Randall, who made him a father for the first time at age 77, and their two children, seven-year-old Julia Laurette and five-year-old Jefferson Salvini.

He was married to his first wife, Florence Randall, for 54 years until she died of cancer in 1992.