Richard was an openly gay liberal man who unashamedly paraded around camp in the nude. Rudy, on the other hand, was a seventy-two-year-old Navy veteran—conservative and unapologetically homophobic. It was casting that seemed designed for confrontation. In a surprise to everyone, Richard and Rudy became buddies—and not just buddies but arguably formed the tightest friendship of the season.
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I wanted to really, really like it. What more can be done with this material? In all honesty, I feel a little bad about not liking this pilot. Fox Show jumping in as ensemble players.
He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars. His mother was an immigrant from Lithuania and his father was a Russian Jewish peddler and electrician from Kiev, Ukraine. As a young boy, Matthau attended a Jewish non-profit sleep-away camp.