Broadway honors Jack Klugman and Charles Durning

Jack Klugman, left, and Charles Durning Enlarge photo

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Jack Klugman, left, and Charles Durning

NEW YORK – The theater community honored Jack Klugman and Charles Durning by dimming Broadway’s lights in back-to-back memorials.

The marquees at all Broadway theaters went dark for one minute at 8 p.m. Thursday in honor of Durning, who died Monday at 89. Durning amassed several important Broadway credits, including playing Big Daddy in a 1990 revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” David Rabe’s “Boom Boom Room” and opposite George C. Scott in “Inherit the Wind” in 1996.

Today, the 40 Broadway marquees will go dark at 8 p.m. for Klugman, who also died Monday, at 90. Klugman earned a Tony Award nomination for “Gypsy” in 1960 and his Broadway roles included parts in “I’m Not Rappaport” and “The Sunshine Boys.”

Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy, was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.”