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Jackie Gleason (I) (1916–1987)


Comedian, actor, composer and conductor, educated in New York public schools. He was a master of ceremonies in amateur shows, a carnival barker, daredevil driver and a disc jockey., and later a comedian in night clubs. By the mid-1950s he had turned to writing original music and recording a series of popular and best-selling albums with his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 1985 Izzy & Moe (TV Movie)
Izzy Einstein
 1983 Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (TV Movie)
Ernest Johnson
 1978/I The Honeymooners (TV Movie)
Ralph Kramden
 1978/II The Honeymooners (TV Movie)
Ralph Kramden
 1977 The Honeymooners (TV Movie)
Ralph Kramden / Daddy Cratchit
 1977 Mr. Billion
John Cutler
 1976 The Honeymooners (TV Movie)
Ralph Kramden
 1975 Three for Two (TV Movie)
Fred / Herb / Mike
 1970 How Do I Love Thee?
Stanley Waltz
 1969 How to Commit Marriage
Oliver Poe
 1968 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Ralph Kramden
- Lucy Visits Jack Benny (1968) ... Ralph Kramden (uncredited)
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
the Vast Waistline
- The Big Stomach (1966) ... the Vast Waistline
 1963 Soldier in the Rain
MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter
 1963 Papa's Delicate Condition
Jack Griffith
 1962 Gigot
Gigot
 1960 The Big Sell (TV Movie)
Salesman / Reginald Van Gleason III / Joe the Bartender / ...
 1960 The Secret World of Eddie Hodges (TV Movie)
Narrator / Himself
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Joe
- The Time of Your Life (1958) ... Joe
 1953-1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Uncle Ed / Sam Wheeler / Jerry Giles
- Uncle Ed and Circumstances (1955) ... Uncle Ed
- Short Cut (1954) ... Sam Wheeler
- The Laugh Maker (1953) ... Jerry Giles
 1952 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Host / Reginald Van Gleason III / Charlie Bratton (the Loudmouth) / ...
- The Turkey (1952) ... Host / Reginald Van Gleason III / Charlie Bratton (the Loudmouth) / ...
 1951 The James Melton Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1951)
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies
Commissioner (uncredited)
 1942 Orchestra Wives
Ben Beck
 1942 Escape from Crime
Convict (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1942 Larceny, Inc.
Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1942 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Hank
 1942 Lady Gangster
Wilson (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1941 Steel Against the Sky
Cliff, the Drunk in Diner (uncredited)
 1941 All Through the Night
Starchy (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1941 Navy Blues
Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
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Other Works:

He could neither read or write music on paper, but he hired his own studio orchestra and orchestrators and composed melodies by either humming or picking the tune with one finger on a piano. In that manner he released over 20 albums on Capitol Records, often with Bobby Hackett as featured trumpet soloist, between 1953 and 1969.... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jackie C. Gleason

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm no alcoholic. I'm a drunkard. There's a difference. A drunkard doesn't like to go to meetings. See more »

Trivia:

Prone to excess with wine, women, song and work, a lifestyle which often led to exhaustion. In such cases, he would check into a hospital for some needed rest. But one famous story has it, when Gleason really felt "sick", he checked himself OUT of the hospital, and went home to be taken care of! See more »

Nickname:

"The Great One" See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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