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Tony Randall was an actor who played popular television character Felix Unger on the hit series The Odd Couple.
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He invested $1 million of his own money and raised funds to support the staging of the works of playwrights including Ibsen, Chekhov and Arthur Miller. Although theater critics were not always favorable to his productions, Randall remained committed to presenting classic stage productions and keeping ticket prices affordable for theater fans. He also continued to act, starring in what he said was his favorite role,
playing an American diplomat who falls in love with a male spy disguised as a woman in David Henry Hwang's 1988 play M. Butterfly.
Off stage, Randall received media attention in 1995 when he married Heather Harlan, a woman 50 years his junior, after the death of his longtime wife and companion Florence. Randall met Harlan while she was an intern at the National Actors Theatre. They had two children together.
Randall's health faltered in December 2003 when he underwent triple heart bypass surgery and contracted pneumonia. In May 2004, he died in his sleep in New York at the age of 84. After his death, the lights were dimmed on Broadway to remember the beloved stage and television actor.
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