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Gleason (2002)

The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years... See full summary »


Howard Deutch

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Garrett ... Jackie Gleason
Saul Rubinek ... George 'Bullets' Durgom
Gretchen Egolf ... Genevieve Halford
Kristen Dalton ... Audrey Meadows
Michael Chieffo ... Art Carney
Danny Wells Danny Wells ... Jack L. Warner (as Jack Daniel Wells)
Mark Camacho ... Sammy Birch
Jason Blicker ... Sol Friedman
Vlasta Vrana ... Toots Shor
Shawn Lawrence ... William S. Paley
Kevin Dunn ... Jack Philbin - Gleason's manager
Terry Farrell ... Marilyn Taylor
Paula Jean Hixson ... Mae Gleason
Jack Langedijk Jack Langedijk ... Herb Gleason
Jake Brockman Jake Brockman ... Young Jackie Gleason


The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years entering amateur contests, performing in sleazy night spots. Along the way, he steals gags from the best comics in town and finds love with Genevieve, a dancer whom he marries. But Gleason isn't the ideal husband or even a responsible father as he abandons his family to answer the call of Hollywood. Brash, arrogant, and egotistical, he alienates his directors and the man who discovers him. When he ends up back in New York, Gleason gets one of those rare second chances in the new medium of television, creating some of its most unforgettable characters. But even as Gleason becomes the talk of the tube, his life - ruled by demons of rage, booze, and insecurity - unravels. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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He made more than television. He made history. See more »


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Canada | USA



Release Date:

13 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brad Garrett and Howard Deutch paid Dave Boone to do an uncredited re-write of the entire script to get it in shape for shooting. See more »


The opening scene is eastablished as being 1924. When Jackie and his father return from the theater, Herb Gleason offers Jackie a nickel with Monticello on the reverse side - a Jefferson nickel. This design wasn't minted until 1938. See more »


References The Kid (1921) See more »

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How do you sustain an entire bio-pic when the subject is basically a jerk?
6 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Technically speaking, "Gleason" is an incredible film to watch. Brad Garrett does a terrific job playing Jackie Gleason and the film did a wonderful job of re-creating the look of the old "Honeymooners" shows. But, despite such fine craftsmanship the film suffers from one serious problem...the subject of the film, Jackie Gleason, comes off as a selfish, ugly-spirited jerk with little as a human being to like or appreciate. Because of this, it makes the film tough to stick with until the end. The only thing that keeps you watching is the look and how well it replicated that. Additionally, if you are looking for a complete overview of Gleason's life, you won't find it here. Because of the film's length, it comes off much more episodic and often skips important aspects of his life (such as his second marriage which is never mentioned).

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