Art Carney, Broadway's Felix Ungar and TV's Ed Norton, Dead at 85
11 Nov 2003
Art Carney, the Tony Award-nominated actor who appeared in Broadway's Lovers and The Odd Couple, died Nov. 9 in Connecticut, according to CNN.com.
Mr. Carney, who was 85 when he died, earned his Tony nom in 1969 for Leading Actor in a Play for Brian Friel's Lovers, and originated the role of neat-freak divorcee Felix Ungar in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.
He was best known for playing Ed Norton, Jackie Gleason's sewer-worker chum on the classic TV sitcom, "The Honeymooners." He won Emmy Awards for his work in the vintage series, about the foibles and loves of working class New Yorkers.
Mr. Carney won the Academy Award for the 1974 picture, "Harry and Tonto."
He reportedly died Sunday at his home in Connecticut and was buried Nov. 11 in private family ceremony. The actor was born in Mt. Vernon, NY.
His Broadway work also included Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue (in which he was a replacement), Lovers (1968, made up of two one acts, Winners and Losers), Flora, The Red Menace (1965, playing FDR's voice), Take Her, She's Mine (1961-62) and The Rope Dancers (1957-58).
His Oscar Madison in the original Odd Couple was Walter Matthau, who was asked to play the movie opposite Jack Lemmon's Felix.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.