Randall, an Emmy-award winning television and film actor, is most
noted for his role as the anal-retentive Felix Unger in the ABC
sitcom The Odd Couple. A popular guest on numerous variety
and talk shows, Randall has been connected with all three major
broadcast networks, as well as with PBS.
began his career in radio in the 1940s, appearing on such shows
as the Henry Morgan Program and Opera Quiz. From 1950-52,
Randall played Mac on the melodramatic TV serial One Man's Family.
He then went on to play Harvey Weskit, the brash, over-confident
best friend of Robinson Peepers (Wally Cox) in the live sitcom Mr.
Peepers (1952-1955). After finding a niche in films, including
numerous roles in romantic comedies, Randall won the part of Felix
Unger in the ABC television version of The Odd Couple (1970-75).
Although the Broadway and film versions of The Odd Couple became
established hits with different stars (Randall, however, did play
Felix in a Chicago production), Randall lent numerous additions
to the Felix character. Drawing upon his interest in opera, Randall
had Felix become an opera lover. Randall also added the comedic
honking noises that accompanied Felix's ever-present sinus attacks.
Much like Jack Klugman's close connection to the Oscar Madison role,
Randall became synonymous with Unger.
low ratings for the series, ABC, then the third-place network, allowed
The Odd Couple a five season run. In 1975, Randall won an Emmy
as lead actor for his role as Felix. A popular guest on numerous
variety shows, Randall was present on two Emmy award winning variety
show episodes in 1970 (The Flip Wilson Show) and 1971 (The
Sonny and Cher Show). Randall's frequent appearances as a guest
on the Tonight Show won him a role playing himself in Martin Scorsese's
King of Comedy (1983).
In 1976, Randall starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Tony
Randall Show. Randall played Walter Franklin, a judge who deliberated
over his troubled family as much as he did over the cases presented
to him in his mythical Philadelphia courtroom. In 1981, Randall
returned to television playing Sidney Shorr in NBC's Love, Sidney,
a critically-acclaimed yet commercially unsuccessful sitcom canceled
in 1983. The series did attract some criticism from the religious
and culturally conservative communities. In Sidney Shorr,
the made-for-television movie which preceded the series, Randall's
character was presented as homosexual. In the series this was simply
Randall reprised his Felix Unger role in a 1993 TV-movie version
of The Odd Couple. He has also hosted the PBS opera series
Live From The Met.
RANDALL. Born Leonard Rosenbergin Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 26
February 1920. Educated at Northwestern University, Chicago; Columbia
University, New York; the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre,
New York City, 1938-40; and the Officer Candidate School at Fort
Monmouth, New Jersey. Married 1) Florence Gibbs (died, 1992); 2)
Heather Harlan, 1995; one child. Served as private and first lieutenant
in U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1942-46. Announcer and actor in radio
soap operas; New York debut as stage actor, A Circle of Chalk,
1941; various theater and radio work, 1947-52; television actor,
from 1952; continues to star in film, on stage, and on television.
Member: Actors' Equity Association; Screen Actors Guild; American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Association of the Metropolitan
Opera Company; founder and artistic director of the National Actors'
Theatre in New York City. Recipient: Emmy Award, 1975. Address:
c/o National Actors' Theatre, 1560 Broadway, Suite 409, New York,
New York 10036, U.S.A.
1949-52 One Man's Family
1952-55 Mr. Peepers
1970-75 The Odd Couple
1976-78 The Tony Randall Show
1981-83 Love, Sidney
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid
1981 Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend
1984 Off Sides
1985 Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil
1986 Sunday Drive
1988 Save the Dog
1989 The Man in the Brown Suit
1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again
1956 Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl (host)
1960 Four For Tonight (co-star)
1960 So Help Me Aphrodite (Ernest)
1962 Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster
1967 The Wide Open Door (Inspector Berry/Geoffrey Judge)
1969 The Littlest Angel (Democritus)
1977 They Said it With Music: Yankee Doodle to Ragtime (co-host)
1981 Tony Randall's All-Star Circus (host)
1985 Curtain's Up (host)
1987 Walt Disney World Celebrity Circus (host)
Oh Men, Oh Women, 1957, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter,
1957, The Mating Game, 1959, Pillow Talk, 1959, Let's
Make Love, 1960, Lover Come Back, 1962, Send Me No
Flowers, 1964, The Brass Bottle, 1964, Fluffy,
1965, Bang, Bang, You're Dead, 1966, Hello Down There,
1969, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...,
1972; Huckleberry Finn, 1974, Scavenger Hunt, 1979,
Foolin' Around, 1980, The King of Comedy, 1983, My
Little Pony, 1986, That's Adequate, 1989, Gremlins
2: The New Batch (voice), 1990, Fatal Instinct, 1993.
of Chalk, 1941, Candida, 1941, The Corn Is Green,
1942, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1947, Anthony
and Cleopatra, 1948, Caesar and Cleopatra, 1950, Oh
Men, Oh Women, 1954, Inherit the Wind, 1955-56, Oh
Captain, 1958, UTBU, 1966, Two Into One, 1988,
M. Butterfly, 1989, A Little Hotel on the Side, 1992,
Three Men on a Horse, 1993, The Government Inspector,
1994, The Odd Couple, 1994.
Love a Mystery; Portia Faces Life; When a Girl Marries; Life's True
Which Reminds Me, with Michael Mindlin. New York: Delacorte