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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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Known For

The Hustler
The Hustler Minnesota Fats
Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Portague County
The Honeymooners
The Honeymooners Ralph Kramden
Smokey and the Bandit II
Smokey and the Bandit II Sheriff Buford T. Justice / Gaylord Justice / Reginald Van Justice


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 1986 Nothing in Common
Max Basner
 1985 Izzy & Moe (TV Movie)
Izzy Einstein
 1983 Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (TV Movie)
Ernest Johnson
 1983 Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
Buford T. Justice
 1983 The Sting II
Fargo Gondorff
 1982 The Toy
U.S. Bates
 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II
Sheriff Buford T. Justice / Gaylord Justice / Reginald Van Justice
 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 Smokey and the Bandit
Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Portague County
 1977 Mr. Billion
John Cutler
 1976 The Honeymooners (TV Movie)
Ralph Kramden
 1975 Three for Two (TV Movie)
Fred / Herb / Mike
 1973 The Jackie Gleason Special (TV Movie)
Ralph Kramden / Reginald Van Gleason III / the Poor Soul
 1970 How Do I Love Thee?
Stanley Waltz
 1969 Don't Drink the Water
Walter Hollander
 1969 How to Commit Marriage
Oliver Poe
 1968 Skidoo
Tony Banks
 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 Requiem for a Heavyweight
Maish Rennick
 1962 Gigot
 1961 The Hustler
Minnesota Fats
 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
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- The Time of Your Life (1958) ... Joe
 1955-1956 The Honeymooners (TV Series)
Ralph Kramden
- A Man's Pride (1956) ... Ralph Kramden
- Dial J for Janitor (1956) ... Ralph Kramden
- The Bensonhurst Bomber (1956) ... Ralph Kramden
- Alice and the Blonde (1956) ... Ralph Kramden
- Mind Your Own Business (1956) ... Ralph Kramden
 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
 1955 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Jackie Gleason
- Jackie Gleason Show (1955) ... Jackie Gleason
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Aubrey Piper
- The Show-Off (1955) ... Aubrey Piper
 1953-1954 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Reginald Van Gleason III / Reginald van Gleason III / cameo
- Accidents Will Happen (1954) ... Reginald Van Gleason III
- The Great White Hunter (1953) ... Reginald van Gleason III / cameo
 1952-1953 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Ralph Kramden / Host / Reginald Van Gleason III / ...
- Ralph's Diet/Alice Plays Cupid (1953) ... Ralph Kramden
- The Turkey (1952) ... Host / Reginald Van Gleason III / Charlie Bratton (the Loudmouth) / ...
 1951 The James Melton Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1951)
 1951 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Jimmy Smith
- No! No! Nanette! (1951) ... Jimmy Smith
 1950 The Desert Hawk
 1949-1950 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Chester A. Riley / Chester Riley
- Five Dollar Bill (1950) ... Chester A. Riley
- The Banned Book (1950) ... Chester A. Riley
- Junior and the Bully (1950) ... Chester A. Riley
- Riley's Quarrel (1950) ... Chester A. Riley
- South American Job (1950) ... Chester A. Riley
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies
Commissioner (uncredited)
 1942 Orchestra Wives
Ben Beck
 1942 Escape from Crime
Screwball Evans (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1942 Larceny, Inc.
Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1942 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp!
 1942 Lady Gangster
Wilson (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1942 All Through the Night
Starchy (as Jackie C. Gleason)
 1941 Steel Against the Sky
Cliff (uncredited)
 1941 Navy Blues
Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Show Show Music department (10 credits)
Show Show Writer (7 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Production manager (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (19 credits)
Show Show Composer (8 credits)
Show Show Director (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (52 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (47 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Dutchess Misbehaves" on Broadway, 1945. Revue. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 3 Interviews | 9 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jackie C. Gleason


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Always ended his show with the "The Miami Beach audience is the greatest audience in the world." See more »


On January 20, 1961, a game show he co-developed, "You're In the Picture" (1960), premiered on CBS. The premise was to have celebrity guests place their heads into a cutout scene and ask the host questions as to guess what picture or historical scene they were in. The show's concept was ill-conceived, especially for co-creator and host Gleason, and was blasted by critics and viewers alike. On the... See more »


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