"The Odd Couple" began as a play written by Neil Simon. It premiered on
Broadway in 1965 at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City and starred
Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix. Later in the show’s run,
Jack Klugman took over the role of Oscar, which he played until the show
ended its Broadway run on July 2, 1967. Simon’s inspiration for the play
was his brother Danny, who was divorced and was rooming with a
divorced friend. The play was eventually made into a movie and a
successful television series.