The son of an actor who was a fixture on television for decades called his father’s omission from the Emmy Awards tributes "criminal." The Associated Press reports that the comment was made by Adam Klugman, the son of "Quincy M.E." and "The Odd Couple" star Jack Klugman.
"I think it’s criminal," said Adam Klugman told The AP. "My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days."
Jack Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner, died last December at age 90.
The Emmys producers announced ahead of Sunday’s Primetime Emmys telecast that five individual memorials would be featured during the ceremony in addition to the traditional "in memoriam" segment that groups together figures from the TV industry who died during the past year.
Those honored individually during the ceremony were Cory Monteith of "Glee"; James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos"; Jean Stapleton of "All in the Family"; comedian and actor Jonathan Winters; and "Family Ties" producer Gary David Goldberg.
Klugman was included in the group remembrance, the story reports, citing an academy spokesman. Monteith, who died at 31, was the youngest of those singled out for tribute.
"It’s an insult, and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic" of young adults, Adam Klugman told the AP.
Jack Klugman won an Emmy in 1964 for a performance on CBS’s "The Defenders" before winning two more Emmys during the early 1970s for the ABC comedy series "The Odd Couple." He was nominated four times for "Quincy," but did not win for that series, which ran from 1976-1983 on NBC.
Klugman’s other TV work included four appearances on "The Twilight Zone," along with a string of guest spots capped off by "Diagnosis: Murder," "Third Watch" and "Crossing Jordan."
Earlier in his career he focused on feature films, including performances in "12 Angry Men" in 1957 and "Cry Terror" in 1958.