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Art Carney

Highest Rated:   100% The Late Show (1977)
Lowest Rated:   14% Roadie (1980)
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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.

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
37% 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
81% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Himself
1984
39% 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
1980
No Score Yet Ravagers
  • Sergeant
1979
90% 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
88% Harry and Tonto
  • Harry Coombs
1974
67% 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
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • The Archer
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Henry Corwin
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959

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