Tony Randall recuperating from pneumonia following bypass surgery

Thursday, January 29th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tony Randall is recuperating from pneumonia following bypass surgery in December, his publicist said Thursday.

Randall, 83, best known as Felix Unger of the 1970s sitcom ``The Odd Couple'' with Jack Klugman, underwent bypass surgery at an undisclosed hospital shortly before Christmas, said his spokesman, Gary Springer.

``It was extremely successful. Doctors were very, very pleased,'' he said. ``But then he developed pneumonia, and he's still recuperating.''

Randall was hospitalized after starring from Nov. 25 through Dec. 21 in ``Right You Are,'' a revival of Luigi Pirandello's play by the National Actors Theatre, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, said Springer.

Doctors decided it would be better for Randall to recover at the hospital than at home, where he has two children, ages 4 and 6, said Springer.

His wife, Heather, ``spends a lot of time with him at the hospital,'' he said, and recently Randall also had visits from Klugman and Garry Marshall, who directed ``The Odd Couple'' TV series.

Randall is working from his hospital bed, said Springer, planning for the National Actors Theatre's annual benefit on April 19. He is the theater's founder and artistic director.