Tony Randall

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, actor Tony Randall (1920-2004) explains that it was his role on television's live comedy series, Mr. Peepers that launched his career.  He recalls his early years in live television and his association with comedian Wally Cox and producer Fred Coe. He talks extensively about working on The Odd Couple and his enduring friendship with Jack Klugman.  He also talks about his favorite, but short lived series, Love, Sidney, and The Tony Randall Show. Matt Roush conducted the interview in  New York, NY on April 30, 1998.

"Generally speaking, the dramatic roles are much easier. The reason that so few of us are good at comedy is that it's so damned hard. You really have to be good to be very sharp, indeed. Some very, very fine actors are lost in comedy. And they're smart enough never to do it. Have you ever seen Paul Newman in a comedy? He tried one."

Highlights
Tony Randall on starring in The Odd Couple
Tony Randall on his favorite episodes of The Odd Couple
07:58
Tony Randall on his experiences with the series Love, Sidney
07:39
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On breaking into radio and theater prior to World War II, the phenomenon of working in live television, and his series role as "Harvey Weskit" on Mr. Peepers, working with comedian Wally Cox and producer Fred Coe

Chapter 2

On his series role as "Harvey Weskit" on Mr. Peepers, working with comedian Wally Cox and producer Fred Coe, and on the Hollywood Blacklist and its effects

Chapter 3

On guest starrig in specials; ohis series role as "Felix Unger" on The Odd Couple and his enduring friendship with Jack Klugman.

Chapter 4

On his series role as "Felix Unger" on The Odd Couple; on his later series Love, Sidney and The Tony Randall Show.
Shows

Love, Sidney

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Tony Randall on his experiences with the series Love, Sidney
07:39

Mister Peepers

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Tony Randall on being cast on Mr. Peepers and working with Fred Coe and Wally Cox
06:59
Tony Randall on working on Mr. Peepers
10:14

Odd Couple, The (1970-75)

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Tony Randall on starring in The Odd Couple
Tony Randall on his favorite episodes of The Odd Couple
07:58
People

Fred Coe

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Tony Randall on being cast on Mr. Peepers and working with Fred Coe and Wally Cox
06:59

Wally Cox

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Tony Randall on being cast on Mr. Peepers and working with Fred Coe and Wally Cox
06:59

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