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James Gleason (I) (1882–1959)

James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at the Liberty Theater in Oakland, California, which his... See full bio »

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The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Hunter Uncle Birdie Steptoe
Arsenic and Old Lace
Meet John Doe
Suddenly! Pop Benson


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 1958 The Last Hurrah
'Cuke' Gillen
 1958 Money, Women and Guns
Henry Devers
 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby
Doc Simpkins
 1958 Man or Gun
Sheriff Jim Jackson
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dolph Grimes
- No Time at All (1958) ... Dolph Grimes
 1958 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Joe Johnson
- The Matchmaker (1958) ... Joe Johnson
 1958 The Female Animal
Tom Maloney
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Padre Terrence
- The Child (1957) ... Padre Terrence
 1957/I Man in the Shadow
Hank James
 1957 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
- The Clubhouse (1957) ... Pete
 1957 Loving You
Carl Meade
 1957 Spring Reunion
Mr. 'Collie' Collyer (as Jimmy Gleason)
 1956-1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Howard Fieldstone / Mr. Jorgy
- The End of Indian Summer (1957) ... Howard Fieldstone
- Kill with Kindness (1956) ... Mr. Jorgy
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Charles Hartford Simpson
- The Charles Hartford Simpson Story (1956) ... Charles Hartford Simpson
 1956 Star in the Dust
Orval Jones
 1956 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Delicatessen Clerk
- Watching Thorny's House (1956) ... Delicatessen Clerk
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Reverend Mr. McCarkle
- The Fifth Wheel (1956) ... Reverend Mr. McCarkle
 1953-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Try Me for Size (1956) ... Cal
 1956 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Pop Keith
- The Travelers (1956) ... Pop Keith
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Ed Shafer
- Rookie of the Year (1955) ... Ed Shafer
 1955 The Girl Rush
Ether Ferguson
 1955 So This Is Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Old Timer (1955) ... (as Jimmy Gleason)
 1955 The Stu Erwin Show (TV Series)
Uncle Matt
- The Matchmakers (1955) ... Uncle Matt (as Jimmy Gleason)
 1953-1955 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Mike Riley / Pa Riley
- Chicken Ranch (1955) ... Mike Riley
- Destination Brooklyn (1954) ... Mike Riley
- Riley's Family Reunion (1953) ... Pa Riley
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
- The Big Bargain (1955)
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Sergeant Humphrey Wiggins
- Let's Face It (1954) ... Sergeant Humphrey Wiggins
 1954 Suddenly!
Pop Benson
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Duke Scanlon
- The Ring (1954) ... Duke Scanlon
 1954 Hollywood Thrill-Makers
Risky Russell
 1953 Forever Female
Eddie Woods
 1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- His Brother's Keeper (1953) ... Longshot
 1952 What Price Glory
Gen. Cokely
 1952 The Story of Will Rogers
Bert Lynn
 1952 We're Not Married!
 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams
Fred Thompson
 1951 Come Fill the Cup
Charley Dolan
 1951 Two Gals and a Guy
Max Howard
 1950 The Jackpot
Harry Summers
 1950 Riding High
Racing Secretary
 1950 The Yellow Cab Man
Mickey Corkins
 1950 Key to the City
Sergeant Hogan
 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Timothy P. Gleason
 1949 Take One False Step
 1949 The Life of Riley
 1949 Bad Boy
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
Lefty Moore
 1948 The Return of October
Uncle Willie Ramsey
 1948 Smart Woman
Sam Corkle
 1947 Tycoon
 1947 The Homestretch
Doc Kilborne
 1946 Lady Luck
Sacramento Sam
 1946 Home, Sweet Homicide
Sgt. O'Hare
 1946 The Well-Groomed Bride
Capt. Hornby
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
 1945 Captain Eddie
Tom Clark
 1945 This Man's Navy
Jimmy Shannon
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske
 1942 Manila Calling
Tim O'Rourke
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
 1942 Footlight Serenade
Bruce McKay
 1942 My Gal Sal
Pat Hawley
 1942 Hay Foot
Colonel J. A. Barkley
 1941 Babes on Broadway
Thornton Reed
 1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough
Sergeant Daniels
 1941 Tanks a Million
Col. 'Spitfire' Barkley
 1941 Affectionately Yours
Chester Phillips
 1941 Meet John Doe
 1939 On Your Toes
Phil Dolan Sr.
 1938 Army Girl
Sgt. 'Three Star' Hennessy
 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (Documentary short)
James Gleason
 1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
Danny The Duck
 1936 The Big Game
George Scott
 1936 Don't Turn 'em Loose
Detective Daniels
 1936 Yours for the Asking
 1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
Inspector Corrigan
 1935 Hot Tip
Jimmy McGill
 1935 West Point of the Air
 1935 Helldorado
Sam Barnes
 1934 Change of Heart
Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
 1934 Search for Beauty
Dan Healy
 1934 The Meanest Gal in Town
Duke Slater
 1933 Pie for Two (Short)
 1933 Hoopla
 1933 Gleason's New Deal (Short)
 1933 Mister Mugg (Short)
 1933 Alias the Professor (Short)
 1933 Clear All Wires!
 1933 Rock-a-Bye Cowboy (Short)
 1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
Ratsy Harris
 1932 Lights Out (Short)
 1932 A Hockey Hick (Short)
 1932 The Devil Is Driving
'Beef' Evans
 1932 Always Kickin' (Short)
 1932 Yoo-Hoo (Short)
Jimmy Gleason
 1932 The All-American
Chick Knipe
 1932 The Crooked Circle
Arthur Crimmer
 1932 Off His Base (Short)
Picture in Opening Credits (credit only)
 1932 Blondie of the Follies
Pa McClune
 1932 High Hats and Low Brows (Short)
Danny Ruff
 1932 Lady and Gent
Pin Streaver
 1932 Fast Companions
Silk Henley
 1932 Stealin' Home (Short)
 1932 Rule 'Em and Weep (Short)
Spike Mc Gorey
 1932 Battle Royal (Short)
 1931 Doomed to Win (Short)
 1931 Suicide Fleet
 1931 Slow Poison (Short)
 1931 Where Canaries Sing Bass (Short)
 1931 Sweepstakes
Sleepy Jones
 1931 A Free Soul
 1931 It's a Wise Child
Cool Kelly
 1931 Beyond Victory
Private Jim Mobley
 1930/I Big Money
 1930 Her Man
 1930 Dumbbells in Ermine
 1930 Puttin' on the Ritz
James Tierney
 1930 Don't Believe It (Short)
 1929 The Shannons of Broadway
Mickey Shannon
 1929 Fairways and Foul (Short)
 1929 Oh, Yeah?
Dusty Reilly
 1929 The Garden of Eatin' (Short)
 1929 Meet the Missus (Short)
The Husband
 1929 The Broadway Melody
Music Publisher (uncredited)
 1928 The Count of Ten
Johnny's Manager
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Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
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Stage: Appeared (as "George"; credited as James A. Gleason; Broadway debut) in "The Pretty Mrs. Smith" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book by Oliver Morosco and Elmer Harris. Music by Henry James and Alfred G. Robyn. Lyrics by Earl Carroll. Musical Director: John Lund. Additional music / lyrics by Billy Gould, Ashlyn and Sydney Grant. ... See more »

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