Former Daily Quarterly Intern And Playwright Neil Simon Has Died

Neil Simon

Neil Simon, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, when the two were roommates for a short turn in the early 60’s. DiMaio was pursuing his interests in sports reporting at the time. The two made a very unusual pair.

New York— Neil Simon, former Daily Quarterly intern and reporter and playwright, famous for writing classic plays like “The Odd Couple” and “The Gingerbread Lady,” died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. He was 91.

Most famous for his plays, Simon also wrote Broadway hits like “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Lost In Yonkers,” “The Odd Couple II” and “Broadway Bound.”

He also wrote, among others, the films “Murder By Death,” “I Ought to be in Pictures,” “RECOiL” and “The Slugger’s Wife.”

Throughout his career, he won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards and one Pulitzer Prize.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Elaine Joyce, and three daughters, Ellen, Nancy and Bryn. 

“Cover For Me, Sam:” Jack Klugman Dies

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman, right, on the set of Quincy, M.E. with future RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left. The two met on the set and were fast friends according to DiMaio. The two spent so much time together, against his will according to Klugman, that they were often referred to as the odd couple.

Los Angeles—Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Klugman died Monday at his home. He was 90.

As a struggling actor in the 1940s, he roomed for a short time with Charles Bronson. For years, both men denied rumors that Bronson’s character in “Death Wish” was based on Klugman.

Klugman first gained fame with his his Emmy-winning turn as Oscar Madison on the television version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” His success on that program led to his getting a spin-off, the successful “Quincy, M.E.” which showed Oscar after he left the field of sports writing and became the Los Angeles County coroner.

Klugman also appeared on the big screen in the films “12 Angry Men,” “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “RECOiL” and “The Detective.”
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