Tony and Me, the always compelling, always engaging and always lovable Jack Klugman noted that he hoped young actors and writers were reading what he had to say. Why? He had one major lesson to impart: “The most basic unit of any successful dramatic truth is human feeling. Not a quick joke, not a clever premise, not a multimillion dollar explosion can outperform a single human emotion.”
It's that human emotion he's talking about which gives an audience that essential connection to any truly successful piece of expression. To find that emotion, to make it accessible and universal, that's what can make the writer or actor in question great. A greatness Mr. Klugman himself more than achieved.