Tony Randall

Actor, Artistic director
Though he had a long, successful career on stage and screen, it was not until he made millions laugh as the fussy Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75) that actor Tony Randall found the perfect role. Prior to ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

Theodore Banner (Actor)

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Brother's Keeper 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tony Randall: Center Stage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Debbie Reynolds 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dana Carvey Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jayne Mansfield: Love and Kisses 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee... Looking For Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

Judge Skanky (Actor)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight Colorado 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Boss 1992 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Creative Spirit 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

of "Brain" Gremlin (Voice)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's "The Man in the Brown Suit" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Easter Vacation in the Bahamas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hope News Network 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: Tall, Dark & Handsome 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Bob Hope's Christmas Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Celebrity Circus 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

My Little Pony 1986 (Movie)

of Moonchick (Voice)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Circus of the Stars 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Curtain's Up 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Performer

Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Sidney 1981 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Foolin' Around 1980 (Movie)

Peddicord (Actor)

The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

Henry Motley (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tony Randall Show 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

La Boheme 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cos: The Bill Cosby Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (02/08/73) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful World of Aggravation 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Top of the Month 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello Down There 1969 (Movie)

Fred Miller (Actor)

The Wide Open Door 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Man in Marrakesh 1966 (Movie)

Andrew Jessel (Actor)

The Alphabet Murders 1965 (Movie)

Hercule Poirot (Actor)

Fluffy 1964 (Movie)

Daniel Potter (Actor)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

Arnold Nash (Actor)

The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1963 (Movie)

Dr Lao (Actor)

The Brass Bottle 1963 (Movie)

Harold Ventimore (Actor)

Boys' Night Out 1962 (Movie)

George Drayton (Actor)

Island of Love 1962 (Movie)

Paul Ferris (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

Howard Coffman (Actor)

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

Peter Ramsey (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

The King (Actor)

The Sid Caesar Special 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

Jonathan Forbes (Actor)

Holiday in Las Vegas 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mating Game 1958 (Movie)

Lorenzo Charlton (Actor)

No Down Payment 1957 (Movie)

Jerry Flagg (Actor)

Oh, Men! Oh, Women! 1957 (Movie)

Cobbler (Actor)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

Rock Hunter (Actor)

Mr. Peepers 1951 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

One Man's Family 1949 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Sides (Movie)

(Actor)

Save the Dog! (TV Show)

Actor

Sunday Drive (TV Show)

Actor

The Littlest Angel (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

In the Life 1991 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

Biography

Though he had a long, successful career on stage and screen, it was not until he made millions laugh as the fussy Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75) that actor Tony Randall found the perfect role. Prior to his career-defining turn, Randall had appeared in a number of Broadway productions and foreshadowed Felix as an overbearing history teacher on "Mr. Peepers" (NBC, 1952-55). In features, he stole the show from Doris Day and Rock Hudson in the famous onscreen couple's three classic collaborations, hilariously playing the friend role in "Pillow Talk" (1959), "Lover Come Back" (1961) and "Send Me No Flowers" (1964). On the surface, his performances were played for laughs, but there was always an emotional vulnerability and complexity about his characters. Following the success of "The Odd Couple," Randall starred in two short-lived series, "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC/CBS, 1976-78) and the controversial "Love, Sidney" (NBC, 1981-83), where he played a not-so-closeted gay man which caused vehement response from religious groups. After that show was duly canceled, Randall swore never to star in his own series again and kept to his word. Meanwhile, he appeared less and less as he grew older, effectively retiring following a turn as a judge in "Basic Instinct" (1993). Of course, he was a frequent guest on talk shows, and held the record for appearances with David Letterman, proving that Randall's star continued to shine regardless of where he was in his career.

Relationships

Tom Bosley Actor

Cousin

Florence Gibbs

Wife
School sweethearts Married 1942 until her death April 18, 1992

Heather Harlan

Wife
Met when Harlan was understudy in production of "The School for Scandal" Married Nov. 17, 1995 until his death May 17, 2004

Julia Randall

Daughter
born April 11, 1997 mother, Heather Harlan

Jefferson Randall

Son
born on June 15, 1998 mother, Heather Harlan

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

2003

Cast in the feature "Down With Love"

1998

Received a Star on the Hollywood walk of fame

1996

Voiced the character Mr. Grimm for "How the Toys Saved Christmas"

1993

Reunited with series mate Jack Klugman for the feature "The Odd Couple: Together Again"

1991

Established National Actors Theater on Broadway in the fall, a non-profit acting company to present theatrical classics

1981

Starred in the comedy-drama, "Love, Sidney" and performed the theme song

1976

Had his own TV program, "The Tony Randall Show"

1969

Starred as Felix Unger on TV show, "The Odd Couple"

1959

Appeared in three Rock Hudson-Doris Day films, the first "Pillow Talk"

1957

First starring role, as title character of the feature, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"

1957

Feature acting debut, "Oh Men! Oh Women!"

1941

Served in US Army

1940

Broadway acting debut, "Circle of Chalk"

Supplied the voice of Reggie, one third of the adventurous trio on the radio series, "I Love a Mystery"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998

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