Friday, March 25, 2016

The Odder Couples

Gig Young...

Gig Young, Scott McKay
Gig Young, Robert Q.  Lewis...

Don Ameche, Robert Q. Lewis...

Dana Andrews, Robert Q. Lewis...

Harvey Stone, Lyle Talbot...

Jan Murray, Hal March...

Hal March, Jackie Coogan...

Pat Hingle, Eddie Bracken...

Mike Kellin, Eddie Bracken...

Ray Walston, Mike Kellon...

Jack Klugman, Eddie Bracken...

Eddie Bracken, Herb Edelman...

E. G. Marshall, Dennis O'Keefe...

Dan Dailey, Elliot Reid...

Elliot Reid...

Dan Dailey, Richard Benjamin...

Alan Young

Phil Foster, George Gobel...

More from Kliph Nesteroff on Gobel & Foster in The Odd Couple:

Phil Foster, Nipsey Russell

Phil Foster, Tom Poston

Phil Foster, Joe Flynn

Tom Poston, Jess Cain

Tom Poston, Dan Dailey

George Gobel, Mike Kellin

Art Carney who originated the role of Felix on Broadway now playing Oscar,
co-starring Don Knotts as Felix

Carney and Knotts posed with the cast

E.G. Marshall, Shelley Berman...

Shelley Berman

Jack Kelly

Victor Raider-Wexler

Richard B. Shull/Victo Raider-Wexler

Robert Alda, MacIntyre Dixon

Tony Randall, Mickey Rooney...

Pat Paulson

Ray Rayner, Dale Benson

Jo Anne Worley, Sandy Dennis

Stella Stevens, Sandy Dennis

Sandy Dennis, Kaye Ballard

Barbara Feldon/Rita McKenzie

Brenda Vaccaro

Lee Meriwether, Marla Adams

Barbara Eden, Rita McKenzie

Tim Conway, Tom Poston...

art by Jack Davis

Pat Harrington, Tim Conway

Jamie Farr, William Christopher

Bernie Kopell, William Christopher

Robert Vaughn

James Drury/Roy Stuart

Orson Bean...

1991, one performance on Broadway starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall,
Playbill art also by Jack Davis, originally created for TV GUIDE

an all-star cast, including Abe Vigoda

Dick Shawn, Jack Carter...

Jack Carter, Scott McKay

Victor Spinetti, Ken Wayne (Jack Klugman)

Jack Klugman Victor Spinetti

Frank Sutton...

Larry Linville...

G.W. Bailey, Larry Hovis

Ronny Graham

George Savalas

Avery Schreiber

Carmine Caridi, Patrick Baldauff

Jason Miller, Charles Murphy

Charles Nelson Riley, Darryl Hickman

Richard Moll

Gerard Kelly, Craig Ferguson

Don Freese, Read Hanback

Norwegian Odd Couple  (1967)

Bob Denver, Bob Basso...

Milt Kamen, Arnold Stang...

Stubby Kaye (who filled in for Arnold Stang)

Jesse White (and Henry Morgan)

Jesse White, Ray Walston

The Westgate dinner theatre

 Sheboygan Theatre Company

Comedy Theatre

Fort Worth Community Theater

Raleigh Dinner Theatre

Hole in the Wall Theatre

Harlequin Dinner Theatre

Fulton Opera House

Phoenix Little Theater...

A Delaware production

Ernest Borgnine, Don Rickles...

Joe Flynn...

Gary Burghoff

Robert Horton, Junior Waters

Don Meredith, Frank Gifford

Sherman Hemsley...

Demond Wilson, Ron Glass

And what could have been...

Thanks To Kliph Nesteroff, Carol Bertolotti, Tor Lier, Burt Kearns, Alan Cranston
Special thanks to  John Wendler


  1. Wow!And Lou Tiano as "MURRY", my favorite credit.

  2. Dan Dailey looks just like John Kasich!

  3. Sorry to be nitpicky: it's Eddie >Bracken<.Otherwise what an array of actors! The Borgnine/Rickles matchup should have been taped and archived!

  4. I saw Don Ameche and thought, "Eddie Bracken," and there he was. Arnold Stang never made it? Sterling Holloway? (We used to have Arnold's Waggish Tales LP in our house when I was a kid. You must have that one.)

    I see Ernest Borgnine and Don Rickles and I think, "They had two Oscars?" They could have renamed it "The Ordinary Couple." "I Could See How Those Two Guys Could Get Along."

    1. When cast for the Broadway production, Walter Matthau wanted to play Felix, because he considered it more of an acting challenge


  5. Thanks for the reminder Robert, Arnold Stang (and Milt Kamen) have been added.

  6. If science perfects time travel, I'm going to see the Jack Carter/Dick Shawn production.

  7. Loving this! It inspired an email thread between a bunch of my friends, naming the productions we'd most like to have seen. As I was casting my vote for the Jack Klugman/Victor Spinetti (!) production, my autocorrect made a change that inspired THIS:

  8. I would have loved to have seen the Art Carney / Don Knotts and/or Milt Kamen / Arnold Stang versions

  9. Was there one that Jason Alexander & Martin Short did?

  10. Alexander and Short did The Producers in LA, not the Odd Couple-Michael Kraus

  11. I saw the Jesse White-Roy Stuart version at the Ivar Theater in Hollywood. It was quite wonderful.

    1. I remember sitting next to Roy Stuart in 1975 at Larry Parks's memorial at the Mark Taper. I was 14 and only knew him from Gomer Pyle at the time. I wanted to say something but was too shy.

  12. Alexander and Short did reading/performances of The Odd Couple for a couple nights in LA. In 1970, Short and Eugene Levy starred in the play's first Canadian production.

  13. The Sherman Hemsley-starring version of Odd Couple happened in Stoneham, Massachusetts in 2003. I attended one of the performances, and Sherman was excellent as Oscar. Felix was supposed to be played by Pat Morita! But sadly Pat had to drop out of the production for health reasons very shortly before the show opened.

  14. I hereby declare an immediate and complete cessation of scientific activity worldwide, so international scientific endeavor can be solely focused on building me a goddamned time machine to go back in time to see E.G. Marshall and Shelley Berman in The Odd Couple.

  15. There was benefit performance with Klugman and Randall at UCLA Royce Hall in 1990. Abe Vigoda was Murray, Bill Macy was Speed, Orson Bean was Roy, Dick VanPatten was Vinny. Mercedes Ruehl was one of the Pidgeon Sisters. ( I forgot the other one)

  16. Jamie Farr and William Christopher have done a lotta stuff together - they were cast together in Gomer Pyle, USMC, the movie, With Six You Get Eggroll, MASH and After MASH, as well as touring The Odd Couple

  17. Harry Morgan went on The Dick Cavett Show and COMPLAINED about working with major turd-in-the-punchbowl Jesse White on THE ODD COUPLE.

  18. Morgan complained about working with Jesse White to Tom Synder on The Tomorrow show.

  19. One of my favorite roles ever was as Vinny in a community theatre production with nobody famous. Almost choked on Felix's sandwich. Not ENOUGH mayonnaise...