Jack Klugman was a long-working actor who was used to the quick tempo of TV. Certainly, he would in the end seem in 4 episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” By 1961, Klugman had additionally starred in a number of notable function movies — together with Sidney Lumet’s “12 Indignant Males” — and about 24 episodes of assorted TV reveals (along with having a prolific profession on the stage). Klugman was in his factor. Winters, nevertheless, was extra snug with extemporaneous comedy applications, having starred in his very personal “The Jonathan Winters Present” in 1956 and 1957. He did impressions and standup and was clearly not snug taking part in a personality like Fat.
Kulik, in Zicree’s guide, defined that he wished a performer to supply a high quality that might counter Klugman’s decided skilled depth. A comic, he felt, would match the invoice completely. In his personal phrases:
“With a man like Jack Klugman, you exit and get Jack Warden or any individual like that. Nevertheless, we decided that right here was this man who was such a superb expertise, who would convey a sort of freshness, as a result of this was his first time as a dramatic actor. He’d by no means even been on movie earlier than.”
Jack Warden additionally appeared in “12 Indignant Males,” in addition to notable movies like “From Right here to Eternity,” “Run Silent, Run Deep,” and the 1959 adaptation of “The Sound and the Fury.” Warden and Klugman may actually have matched one another in dramatic energy. However that wasn’t what Kulik wished. He wished Winters.