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UPDATED: Veteran actors Jack Klugman, 90, and Charles Durning, 89, die on Christmas Eve

Charles Durning Honored At The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Actor Charles Durning poses while being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 31, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

"Lombardi" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

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Jack Klugman attends the opening night of "Lombardi" on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre on October 21, 2010 in New York City.

Hollywood lost two veteran actors on Christmas Eve this year.

Jack Klugman, 90, of "Odd Couple" fame died Monday afternoon in Los Angeles and two-time Oscar nominee Charles Durning, 89, died the same day in his New York City home, according to his agent Judith Moss.
One of Klugman's his best known roles was in the "Odd Couple."  The 1970s sitcom was  about two mismatched roommates: the fussy photographer Felix and the sloppy sports writer Oscar, who was played by Klugman.  

Klugman split his time between TV, movies and the New York stage. He played a crime-solving medical examiner in the TV drama “Quincy, ME” and was part of the talented cast of character actors in the Henry Fonda film ‘Twelve Angry Men.’” 

Durning was dubbed the "king of the character actors" and portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to put-upon everymen to Big Daddy in a Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." It won him a Tony award in 1990.

He was nominated for an Oscar for his over-the-top performance as a corrupt governor in 1982's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Just a year later, he got another nomination for Mel Brooks' "To Be or Not to Be."

His breakout role was as a mayor in the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play "That Championship Season" in 1972.

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