Art Carney

Art Carney

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Late Show (1977)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Roadie (1980)
  • Birthday: Nov 4, 1918
  • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, NY
  • Though Art Carney would grow up to become a shy, retiring, self-effacing man, he was quite the class clown in school. HIs grades never rising above mediocre, Carney excelled in mimicry, performing astonishingly accurate imitations of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fred Allen, Ned Sparks, and other 1930s luminaries. This skill enabled him to win a number of New York-based amateur contests, and in 1938 landed him a spot as musician/comedian with the Horace Heidt orchestra. Extensive radio work followed, notably Heidt's weekly quiz show Pot of Gold, which when made into a film in 1941 featured Carney in an uncredited role. While serving in WWII, Carney endured a serious leg wound which left him with a permanent limp. Fortunately this infliction did not impede his postwar radio work; he acted on such dramatic programs as Gangbusters and Dimension X, and appeared as a comedy foil for such major stars as Bert Lahr and Henry Morgan. He moved into television in 1948, playing a comic waiter on The Morey Amsterdam Show. Full-fledged stardom came his way in 1951 when he was hired as supporting player for a roly-poly comedian named Jackie Gleason on the Dumont TV Network's Cavalcade of Stars. Though they were never any more than fast friends off-stage, Gleason and Carney immediately developed a warm on-camera rapport that was to remain intact until Gleason's death in 1987. When Gleason moved from Dumont to CBS in 1952, Carney joined him, playing a remarkable array of sharply defined characters on The Jackie Gleason Show, the most famous of which was goofy, gesticulating sewer worker Ed Norton in the series' classic Honeymooners sketches. Ultimately, Carney was to win six Emmy awards, not only for his work on the Gleason show but also for his dramatic performances in such projects as the 1984 TV movie Terrible Joe Moran. He made a successful transition to the Broadway stage in 1959's The Rope Dancers, subsequently appearing in such stage hits as Take Her She's Mine, The Odd Couple (originating the role of Felix Unger), and Lovers. He returned to films in 1965, and nine years later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of an irascible senior citizen in Harry and Tonto. Even at the height of his popularity and activity, Carney suffered from profound emotional problems; a quiet, introspective sort not given to venting anger or displeasure, he assuaged his rage and insecurities with liquor. His alcoholic intake eventually impaired his ability to perform, forcing him to periodically dry out and take stock in himself in various sanitariums and clinics. Though Art Carney was eventually able to overcome his difficulties, he became more reclusive and less active as the years rolled on. The 1980s proved Carney's final active decade in front of the camera, and following roles in St. Helens, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and Firestarted (not to mention numerous small-screen appearances) Carney called it quits following an appearance in the 1993 action flop The Last Action Hero. His subsequent retirement proving a restful departure from the high energy entertainment industry, the beloved Honeymooners star died of natural causes in November of 2003.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Honeymooners: The Second Honeymoon Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Last Leaf Actor 2001
36% Last Action Hero Frank 1993
No Score Yet The Emperor's New Clothes Actor 1987
No Score Yet Night Friend Monsignor O'Brien 1987
No Score Yet Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Blue Yonder Henry Coogan 1986
No Score Yet Izzy & Moe Moe Smith 1985
No Score Yet The Undergrads Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Night They Saved Christmas Santa Claus 1984
No Score Yet Faery Tale Theatre: The Emporor's New Clothes Actor 1984
83% The Muppets Take Manhattan Himself 1984
35% Firestarter Irv Manders 1984
No Score Yet The Naked Face Morgens 1984
No Score Yet St. Helens Harry Truman 1983
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Charley Dunbar 1983
No Score Yet Bitter Harvest Walter Peary 1981
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It Charlie Pickett 1981
No Score Yet Leprechaun's Christmas Gold Actor 1981
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Robert Stroud 1980
14% Roadie Corpus C. Redfish 1980
No Score Yet Defiance Abe 1980
No Score Yet Steel Pignose Moran 1979
No Score Yet Ravagers Sergeant 1979
82% Going in Style Al 1979
No Score Yet Sunburn Marcus 1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie Dr. Blaine/Dr. Bowers 1978
29% House Calls Dr. Amos Willoughby 1978
100% The Late Show Ira Wells 1977
No Score Yet Scott Joplin John Stark 1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood J.J. Fromberg 1976
No Score Yet Katherine Actor 1975
No Score Yet W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Deacon 1975
No Score Yet Death Scream Jacobs 1975
No Score Yet Happy Anniversary and Goodbye Malcolm Michaels 1974
82% Harry and Tonto Harry Coombs 1974
57% A Guide for the Married Man Technical Advisor 1967
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Joey Friedlander 1965
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 - Charley's Aunt Actor 1957
No Score Yet Studio One Anthology Actor 1948
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold Actor 1941

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% The Honeymooners
1955-1956
Ed Norton
  • 2019
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Fame
1982-1987
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1971
93% Batman
1966-1968
The Archer
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Henry Corwin
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Cyril Jones
  • 1958

QUOTES FROM Art Carney CHARACTERS

Harry
I know life is confusing. We're just trying to get on with it.
Harry
[In jail for urinating in public] This is the first time in my life I've ever been in jail.
Harry
This is the first time in my life I've ever been in jail.
Sam Two Feathers
What are you in for?
Harry
Peeing.
Sam Two Feathers
I got a ticket once for shitting
Harry
Where'd you do it?
Sam Two Feathers
No, not me. My horse - in a hotel lobby
Sam Two Feathers
No, not me. My horse in a hotel lobby
Harry
Let me tell you something: times are bad. Don't you believe what they're saying in the papers about a recession. We're in a depression.
Harry
Let me tell you something. Times are bad. Don't you believe what they're saying in the papers about a recession. We're in a depression.
Hitchhiker
You better believe it.
Panhandler
[knocks on car window] Have you got 35 cents?
Panhandler
Have you got 35 cents?
Harry
Why thirty-five?
Panhandler
I wanna' buy a mink coat.
Panhandler
I wanna buy a mink coat.
Harry
[Talking to his cat, reminiscing about an earlier New York City] There were trolleys, Tonto. Cobblestones. The aroma of corned beef and cabbage. The tangy zest of... apple strudel. You had to hand-crank the cars in those days, Tonto. Cars like REO's, Franklins, Hudsons. Those were names fit for a car. These days a man doesn't know whether he's driving a car or an animal: "Mustangs," "Jaguars," "Cougars,"... "Pintos." - Silly.
Harry
There were trolleys, Tonto. Cobblestones. The aroma of corned beef and cabbage. The tangy zest of apple strudel. You had to hand-crank the cars in those days, Tonto. Cars like REO's, Franklins, Hudsons. Those were names fit for a car. These days a man doesn't know whether he's driving a car or an animal: Mustangs, Jaguars, Cougars, Pintos. Silly.
Harry
Who's the vice president this week?
Harry
You never really feel somebody's suffering; you only feel their death