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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 & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Hustler Minnesota Fats
(1961)
Smokey and the Bandit Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Portague County
(1977)
The Honeymooners Music Department
(1955-1956)
Smokey and the Bandit II Sheriff Buford T. Justice / Gaylord Justice / Reginald Van Justice
(1980)

Filmography

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 2006 The Break-Up (musician: "Tenderly")
 1994 Toen was geluk heel gewoon (TV Series) (composer: additional music)
 1985 Izzy & Moe (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1978/I The Honeymooners (TV Special) (conductor)
 1977 The Honeymooners (TV Special) (composer: score)
 1976 The Honeymooners (TV Special) (conductor)
 1966-1970 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) (composer - 40 episodes)
- The Honeymooners: Operation Protest (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Honeymooners: We're Off to See the Wizard (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Honeymooners: The Match Game (1969) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Honeymooners: The Sun and Raccoon Capital (1969) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Honeymooners: Hawaii, Oh! Oh! (1969) ... (composer: theme music)
 1966 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Honeymooners: The Adoption (1966) ... (composer: theme "Melancholy Serenade")
 1960 The Secret World of Eddie Hodges (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1952-1958 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) (composer - 161 episodes)
- Episode dated 3 October 1958 (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode dated 22 June 1957 (1957) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #5.30 (1957) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode dated 15 June 1957 (1957) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #5.29 (1957) ... (composer: theme music)
 1955-1956 The Honeymooners (TV Series) (composer - 39 episodes)
- A Man's Pride (1956) ... (composer: theme music)
- Dial J for Janitor (1956) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Bensonhurst Bomber (1956) ... (composer: theme music)
- Alice and the Blonde (1956) ... (composer: theme music)
- Mind Your Own Business (1956) ... (composer: theme music)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Take Me Along" on Broadwawy. Musical comedy. Book by Joseph Stein and Robert Russell. Based on the play "Ah, Wilderness" by Eugene O'Neill. Music / Lyrics by Bob Merrill. Musical Director: Lehman Engel. Vocal arrangements by Lehman Engel. Ballet / incidental music by Laurence Rosenthal. Music orchestrated by Philip... 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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on what inspired him to became a "mood music" legend, via a series of successful albums] Every time I ever watched Clark Gable do a love scene in the movies, I'd hear this really pretty music, real romantic, come up behind him and help set the mood. So I'm figuring that if Gable needs that kinda help, then a guy in Canarsie has gotta be dyin' for something like this. See more »

Trivia:

His paternal grandfather, William Walton Gleason, was an Irish immigrant, and his paternal grandmother, who was U.S.-born, had English and Dutch ancestry. His mother was also an Irish immigrant, from Farranree, Cork. See more »

Trademark:

Short, stocky build See more »

Nickname:

"The Abdominal Showman" See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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