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Tony Randall (February 26, 1920 – May 17, 2004) was an American actor. He was born as Arthur Leonard Rosenberg or Rosenthal, depending on the source, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Mogscha Rosenberg and his wife, Julia, née Finston. The forename "Arthur" was forsaken long before before he adopted his stage name. Over his long career, Randall was nominated for five Golden Globe awards and two Emmys, winning one Emmy in 1975 for his work in the sitcom The Odd Couple.
He was the founder of National Actors Theatre in New York City and starred in many plays and popular movies, including Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), Pillow Talk (1959), The King of Comedy (1983), and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). Randall also starred in several television shows, including The Odd Couple (playing Felix Unger) and the Tony Randall Show . He also starred in Love, Sidney, the first television show to feature a gay lead character (however, this was never directly referenced in the show). He was married to Florence Gibbs from 1942 to 1992 and, from November 17, 1995 until his death, to Heather Harlan, with whom he had two children.
Tony Randall died in his sleep of complications from pneumonia, which he contracted following bypass surgery in December 2003.
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