Tony Randall Biography (1920-2004)

Born Leonard Rosenberg, February 26, 1920, in Tulsa, OK; died May 17, 2004, in New York City, NY; son of Mogscha (an art dealer) and Julia (maiden name, Finston) Rosenberg; married Florence Gibbs, 1939 (died April 18, 1992); married Heather Harlan (an actress), November 17, 1995; children: (second marriage)Julia Laurette, Jefferson Savlvini. Addresses: Agent: National ActorsTheatre, 1560 Broadway, Suite 409, New York, NY 10036.; Office: 1 West 81 St., Suite 6D, New York, NY 10024.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
1920
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Death Details
May 17, 2004
New York City, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mac, One Man's Family, NBC, 1950-52
  • Harvey Weskitt, Mr. Peepers, NBC, 1953-55
  • Felix Unger, Oscar's father, and Oscar's grandfather, The Odd Couple, ABC, 1970-75
  • Host, Top of the Month, syndicated, 1972
  • Judge Walter O. Franklin, The Tony Randall Show, ABC, 1976-77, then CBS, 1977-78
  • Sidney Shorr, Love, Sidney, NBC, 1981-83
  • Voice, The Magic School Bus, PBS, 1994
  • Also appeared as host, Live from the Met.
  • Pilots
  • Lord Seymour Devery, Kate Bliss and the Ticker-Tape Kid, ABC, 1978
  • Title role, Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend (also known as Sidney Shorr), NBC, 1981
  • Movies
  • Rambaba Organimus, Off Sides (also known as Pigs vs. Freaks), NBC, 1974
  • Putzi, Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil, NBC, 1985
  • Uncle Bill, Sunday Drive, ABC, 1986
  • Oliver Bishop, Save the Dog!, The Disney Channel, 1988
  • Reverend Edward Chichester, Agatha Christie's "The Man in the Brown Suit" (also known as The Man in the Brown Suit), CBS, 1989
  • Felix Unger, The Odd Couple: Together Again (also known as TheOdd Couple: One More Time), CBS, 1993
  • Specials
  • Panorama, NBC, 1956
  • Host, Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl, NBC, 1956
  • Holiday in Las Vegas, NBC, 1957
  • The Sid Caesar Special, CBS, 1959
  • Ernest, So Help Me Aphrodite, NBC, 1960
  • Hooray for Love, CBS, 1960
  • The Man in the Moon, NBC, 1960
  • Sounds of the Sixties, NBC, 1961
  • The Chevrolet Golden Anniversary Show, CBS, 1961
  • Jonathan Brewster, "Arsenic and Old Lace," Hallmark Hall of Fame,NBC, 1962
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1964 and 1965
  • The Alan King Show, ABC, 1969
  • Democritus, "The Littlest Angel," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1969
  • The Wonderful World of Aggravation, ABC, 1972
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1973
  • Cos: The Bill Cosby Comedy Special, CBS, 1975
  • Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes I, CBS, 1977
  • The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour, ABC, 1977
  • Host, La Boheme, 1977
  • Battle of the Network Stars IV, ABC, 1978
  • Bob Hope on Campus, NBC, 1979
  • Bob Hope for President, NBC, 1980
  • Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway, NBC, 1982
  • Parade of Stars, ABC, 1983
  • Circus of the Stars #9, CBS, 1984
  • Voice, My Little Pony (animated), syndicated, 1984
  • The 38th Annual Tony Awards, 1984
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, 1985
  • Host, Curtain's Up, 1985
  • International Championship of Magic, 1985
  • Himself, Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz, 1985
  • Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene, NBC, 1986
  • The 40th Annual Tony Awards, 1986
  • Mr. LaTort, NBC Investigates Bob Hope, NBC, 1987
  • Bob Hope's Christmas Special (also known as Bob Hope WinterfestChristmas Show), NBC, 1987
  • Host, Walt Disney World Celebrity Circus, 1987
  • Himself, The Great American Quiz Show, 1987
  • Happy Birthday Bob--Fifty Stars Salute Your Fifty Years with NBC,NBC, 1988
  • Hope News Network, NBC, 1988
  • Narrator and Signor Valenti, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile--The Musical: "TheHouse on 88th Street" (animated), 1988
  • Bob Hope's Easter Vacation in the Bahamas, NBC, 1989
  • Himself, "Sanford Meisner: The Theatre's Best Kept Secret," American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • The Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey, PBS, 1991
  • Narrator, Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II, syndicated, 1991
  • Master of ceremonies, Spotlight Colorado, Arts and Entertainment,1991
  • The Creative Spirit, PBS, 1992
  • The 46th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1992
  • More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1993
  • Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, NBC, 1993
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1994
  • Kathie Lee ... Looking for Christmas (also known as The KathieLee Gifford Christmas Special), CBS, 1994
  • The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994
  • Himself, Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is, HBO, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "Mrs. Hargraves," Studio One, CBS, 1952
  • "To Whom It May Concern," Short, Short Drama, NBC, 1953
  • "A Little Something in Reserve," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC,1953
  • "The Badger Game," The Web, CBS, 1953
  • "In Albert's Room," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1953
  • "When, Lovely Woman?," Pepsi Cola Playhouse, ABC, 1953
  • "The Antique Touch," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1954
  • "The Huntress," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1954
  • "Nightmare in Algiers," Motorola Television Hour, ABC, 1954
  • "The Beautiful Wife," Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC, 1954
  • "The Pirate's House," Appointment with Adventure, CBS, 1955
  • "One Mummy Too Many," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1955
  • "Man on a Tiger," Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1956
  • "The Hollywood Complex," Studio One, CBS, 1957
  • "The Playroom," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957
  • "Weekend in Vermont," The Alcoa Hour, 1957
  • Willie Coogan, "Coogan's Reward," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1959, repeated on Vacation Playhouse, CBS, 1965
  • Person to Person, CBS, 1959
  • "Martin's Folly," Desilu Playhouse (also known as WestinghouseDesilu Playhouse), CBS, 1959
  • "The Second Happiest Day," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959
  • "Hello, Charlie," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1959
  • "The Secret of Freedom," Sunday Showcase, NBC, 1960
  • "Strictly Solo," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1960
  • Luther Gage, "The Button-Down Break," Checkmate, CBS, 1961
  • Hadley Purvis, "Hangover," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1962
  • Hippodrome, CBS, 1966
  • Inspector Berry and Geoffrey Judge, "The Wide Open Door," Stage '67, ABC, 1967
  • Rodney Wonderful, That's Life, ABC, 1969
  • Himself, The Flip Wilson Show, NBC, 1970
  • Boss, "Love and the Big Night," Love, American Style, ABC, 1970
  • Rudolph Springer III, "Lucy and the Mountain Climber," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1971
  • The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, CBS, 1972
  • (Uncredited) Vampire in movie, "Not With My Sister, You Don't," HappyDays, 1974
  • Narrator, "The Second Revolution," The American Parade, ABC, 1976
  • The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour, NBC, 1978
  • Guest host, The Big Show, NBC, 1980
  • Himself, The Muppet Show, 1980
  • Himself, "The Big Apple: Part 2," Gimme a Break!, 1984
  • "Rock Hudson: Tall, Dark, and Handsome," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1989
  • Host, "Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening," The Magical Worldof Disney, NBC, 1989
  • "Jayne Mansfield," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • "Debbie Reynolds," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Tony, "An Odd Couple of Days," Brother's Keeper, ABC, 1999
  • Also appeared in The Carol Burnett Show, CBS; The Brady Bunch Hour; as Grandpa Unger, "Where's Grandpa?," The Odd Couple; GrandpaUnger, "What Makes Felix Run," The Odd Couple; Morris Unger, "Our Fathers," The Odd Couple; and Radius Ulna Humerus, "Flexes Its Muscles,"The Magic School Bus, PBS.
  • Film Appearances
  • How to Be Very, Very Popular, 1955
  • Grant Cobbler, Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Rockwell P. Hunter/himself, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (alsoknown as Oh! for a Man), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Jerry Flagg, No Down Payment, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Jonathan Forbes, Pillow Talk, Universal, 1959
  • Lorenzo Charlton, The Mating Game, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • The king, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (also known as Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1960
  • Howard Coffman, Let's Make Love (also known as The Billionaire and The Millionaire), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Peter Ramsey, Lover Come Back, Universal, 1961
  • George Drayton, Boys' Night Out, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • (Uncredited) Ad libin lounge, Two Weeks in Another Town, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • Paul Ferris, Island of Love (also known as Not on Your Life), Warner Bros., 1963
  • (Uncredited) Hood, Robin and the Seven Hoods, Warner Bros., 1964
  • Arnold Nash, Send Me No Flowers, Universal, 1964
  • Harold Ventimore, The Brass Bottle, Universal, 1964
  • Dr. Lao, Merlin the Magician, Pan, the Abominable Snowman, Medusa, the giant serpent, Apollonius of Tyana, and audience, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (also known as 7 Faces of Dr. Lao and The Secret World of Dr.Lao), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964
  • Daniel Potter, Fluffy, Universal, 1965
  • Hercule Poirot, The Alphabet Murders (also known as The ABC Murders), MGM, 1966
  • Andrew Jessel, Bang, Bang, You're Dead (also known as Our Man in Marrakesh, Bang Bang!, Bang, Bang, Bang! Marrakesh, ISpy, You Spy, and Marrakesh), American International, 1966
  • Fred Miller, Hello, Down There (also known as Sub-a-Dub-Dub), Paramount, 1969
  • Operator, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (also known as Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex), United Artists, 1972
  • Henry Motley, Mr. Parker's brother-in-law, Scavenger Hunt, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Peddicord, Foolin' Around, Columbia, 1980
  • Himself, The King of Comedy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Himself, Sanford Meisner--The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret(documentary), Columbia, 1984
  • Voice of Moonchick, My Little Pony (animated; also known as MyLittle Pony: The Movie), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • Himself, The Fantasy Film World of George Pal, 1986
  • Voice, The Gnomes' Great Adventure, 1987
  • Himself, Going Hollywood: The War Years, 1988
  • It Had to Be You, 1988
  • Host, That's Adequate, 1989
  • Voice of "Brain" Gremlin, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Warner Bros.,1990
  • Narrator, The Boss, 1992
  • Judge Skanky, Fatal Instinct, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Himself, Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies, NBC Studios, 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • Brother, The Circle of Chalk, New School for Social Research, 1941
  • Marchbanks, Candida, North Shore Players, Marblehead, MA, 1941
  • (Broadway debut) Scarus, Antony and Cleopatra, Martin Beck Theatre, 1947
  • Adam, To Tell You the Truth, New Stages, New York City, 1948
  • Major-Domo, Caesar and Cleopatra, National Theatre, New York City,1949
  • Arthur Turner, Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • E. K. Hornbeck, Inherit the Wind, National Theatre, 1955
  • Captain Henry St. James, Oh, Captain!, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Arms and the Man, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1960
  • J. Francis Amber, UTBU (also known as Unhealthy to Be Unpleasant), Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Frank Fay, Parade of Stars Playing the Palace, Palace Theatre, NewYork City, 1983
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Two into One, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1988
  • Rene Gallimard, M. Butterfly, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • The Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, 1990
  • Felix Unger, The Odd Couple, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Benoit Pinglet, A Little Hotel on the Side, Belasco Theatre, 1992
  • Deputy Governor Danforth, The Crucible, Belasco Theatre, 1992
  • Erwin Trowbridge, Three Men on a Horse, Lyceum Theatre, 1993
  • Fatal Instinct, 1993
  • Ivan Khlestakov, government clerk, The Government Inspector, Lyceum Theatre, 1994
  • Sir Peter Teazle, The School for Scandal, Lyceum Theatre, 1995
  • Henry Drummond, Inherit the Wind, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Willie Day, Sweet Adeline, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Al Lewis, The Sunshine Boys, Lyceum Theatre, 1997
  • The devil, Damn, Yankees, Florida production, 2000
  • Made stage debut at Upper Ferndale Country Club, Upper Ferndale, NY, 1939; appeared in summer theatre productions of Goodbye Again, Detroit, MI, and Chicago, IL, both 1961; also appeared in The Sea Gull, The Master Builder, and Waitin' in the Wings.
  • Major Tours
  • Miner, The Corn Is Green, New York and New Jersey cities, 1942
  • Octavius Moulton-Barrett, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, U.S. cities, 1947
  • Felix Unger, The Odd Couple, various tours of U.S. cities, 1970-76
  • Professor Harold Hill, The Music Man, U.S. cities, 1978
  • The Odd Couple, 1994
  • Stage Work
  • Director, The Master Builder, Belasco Theatre, 1992
  • Producer, The Sea Gull, Lyceum Theatre, 1992
  • Producer, Three Men and a Horse, National Actors Theatre, New YorkCity, 1993
  • Producer (with Duncan C. Weldon), Saint Joan, National Actors Theatre, 1993
  • Producer (with Michael Langham), Timon of Athens, National ActorsTheatre, 1994
  • Other plays include The Government Inspector, National Actors Theatre, then Lyceum Theatre, both 1994.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared as Reggie in the series I Love a Mystery; also performedin Portia Faces Life, When a Girl Marries, and Life's True Story.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With Jack Klugman) The Odd Couple Sings, London, 1973
  • Other albums include Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Do, 1967.
  • WRITINGS
  • Autobiography
  • (With Michael Mindlin) Which Reminds Me, Delacorte Press, 1989

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • People Weekly, December 4, 1995, p. 54
    • U.S. New & World Report, December 16, 1991, p. 38

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