Feb 26, 1920 - May 17, 2004
Posted by Jo Aguirre
He appeared in minor roles on Broadway
and supporting roles on tours. In the 1940s one of his first jobs was
playing "Reggie" on the long-running radio series
I Love a Mystery. In 1946,
he was cast as one of the brothers in a touring production of Katharine
Cornell's revival of
The Barretts of Wimpole Street. His
first major role in a Broadway hit was in Inherit the
Wind in 1955 portraying Newspaperman E. K. Hornbeck (based
on real life cynic H. L. Mencken). In 1958, he played the leading role in the
musical comedy, Oh, Captain!, taking
on a role originated on film by Alec Guinness.
Oh, Captain! was a financial failure,
but Randall received a Tony Award nomination for his legendary dance turn with
prima ballerina Alexandra Danilova.
His first major television role was as history teacher Harvey Weskit in Mr. Peepers (1952–1955). He then starred in an NBC-TV special The Secret of Freedom which was filmed during the summer of 1959 in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and broadcast on the network during the fall of 1959 and again in early 1960. Before "The Odd Couple," he was best-known as the fussbudget pal in several Rock Hudson-Doris Day movies, including the 1959 "Pillow Talk" and 1961's "Lover Come Back."
He told the Oklahoman in May 1994, "The whole trick is to last. About a dozen years ago I quit my career, I quit working for myself. I had all the money I'd ever need as long as 'The Odd Couple' stays on the air. That supplies me with a wonderful income. "
Randall is survived by his second wife - who made him a father for the first time at age 77 - and their two children, Julia Laurette, 7, and Jefferson Salvini, 5.
He is buried in Westchester Hills Cemetery in New York.
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