Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason

  • Highest Rated: 100% All Through the Night (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)
  • Birthday: Feb 26, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Rotund comedian-actor Jackie Gleason (born Herbert John Gleason) broke into show business at age 15 by winning an amateur-night contest and went on to perform in vaudeville, carnivals, nightclubs, and roadhouses. In 1940 he was signed to a film contract by Warner Bros., and he debuted onscreen in Navy Blues (1941). His career was interrupted by World War II, but at the war's end, Gleason returned to Hollywood, this time playing character roles in a number of films. His film work, however, lent little strength to his career, and he performed in several Broadway shows before achieving major success as the star of such TV comedy series as The Life of Riley, The Honeymooners, and The Jackie Gleason Show. It was during his reign on television that Gleason created such enduring characters as Ralph Kramden (the loud-mouth busdriver from The Honeymooners), Reggie Van Gleason, and Joe the Bartender. As a result of the comedic talents he displayed on TV, he became known as "The Great One." Gleason returned to films in the early '60s in lead roles, both comic and dramatic (he earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Hustler [1961]), but he never had as much success in movies as he did on TV. He did have some success in the late '70s and early '80s playing a good-ole'-boy Southern sheriff in the Smokey and the Bandit series of action-comedies. His long career also included a period when he composed, arranged, and conducted recordings of mood music. Gleason died in 1987 of cancer. His grandson is actor Jason Patric.

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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 Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet A Bing Crosby Christmas Actor 2000
57% Nothing in Common Max Basner 1986
No Score Yet Izzy & Moe Izzy Einstein 1985
No Score Yet Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson Mr. Johnson 1983
17% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Sheriff Buford T. Justice 1983
0% The Sting II Gondorff 1983
9% The Toy U.S. Bates 1982
86% Superman II Actor 1981
17% Smokey and the Bandit II Sheriff Buford T. Justice, Gaylord Justice, Reginald Van Jus 1980
No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall) John Cutler 1977
80% Smokey and the Bandit Sheriff B.T. Justice 1977
No Score Yet How Do I Love Thee? Stanley Waltz 1970
No Score Yet How to Commit Marriage Oliver Poe 1969
No Score Yet Don't Drink the Water Walter Hollander 1969
42% Skidoo Tony Banks 1968
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter 1963
No Score Yet Papa's Delicate Condition Jack Griffith 1963
No Score Yet Gigot Gigot 1962
92% Requiem for a Heavyweight Maish Rennick 1962
98% The Hustler Minnesota Fats 1961
No Score Yet The Return of October Actor 1948
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies Dan's Agent 1942
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives Beck 1942
No Score Yet Escape From Crime Evans 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Hobart 1942
No Score Yet Lady Gangster Wilson 1942
100% All Through the Night Starchie 1941

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% The Honeymooners
1955-1956
Ralph Kramden
  • 2019
  • 1956
  • 1955

QUOTES FROM Jackie Gleason CHARACTERS

Izzy Einstein
Tell the Dutchman greetings from Izzy and Moe.
Izzy Einstein
Nobody ever suspects a chubby guy.
"Fast" Eddie Felson
Fat man. You shoot a great game of pool.
Minnesota Fats
So do you, Fast Eddie.
Sheriff Buford T. Justice
You boys couldn't open an umbrella!
Sheriff Buford T. Justice
What the hell is the world coming to?
Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter
Let me tell you something, my friend: being a fat narcissist isn't easy.