Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason

Highest Rated: 100% All Through the Night (1942)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)

Birthday: Feb 26, 1916

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Dubbed "The Great One" by none other than Orson Welles and beloved as one of the biggest stars of television's golden era, multi-talented comedic actor Jackie Gleason enjoyed a life and career as robust as his onscreen persona. After gaining recognition as a performer in the nightclubs of New York and on the stages of Broadway - interrupted by a brief, unsatisfying stint in Hollywood - Gleason took on the new medium of television as the star of "Cavalcade of Stars" (DuMont, 1949-1952). There, he introduced several of his famous long-running characters, including Reginald Van Gleason III, The Poor Soul, and Joe the Bartender. But it was another character, New York bus driver Ralph Kramden, that led to the creation of "The Honeymooners" (CBS, 1955-56), considered one of the greatest programs in the history of television. Often underappreciated for his substantial dramatic talent, Gleason was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "The Hustler" (1961) and earned high marks for his turn in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1962). A decade and a half later, he attracted scores of new fans as the caustic Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the Burt Reynolds hit "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977). More film work and the occasional "Honeymooners" revival occupied Gleason's later years, although he never abandoned his favorite pastimes - golf, food and alcohol - even as his health declined. A revered entertainer to generations of fans, Gleason's famous tagline of "How sweet it is!" reflected both his body of work and his thirst for life.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
58% 56% Blast From the Past Non-Original Music $26.5M 1999
54% 40% Nothing in Common Max Basner (Character) $32M 1986
No Score Yet 60% Izzy and Moe Izzy Einstein (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson Unknown (Character) - 1983
17% 18% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Buford T. Justice (Character) - 1983
0% 29% The Sting II Fargo Gondorff (Character) - 1983
9% 53% The Toy U.S. Bates (Character) - 1982
14% 44% Smokey and the Bandit II Sheriff Buford T. Justice/Gaylord Justice/Reginald Van Justice (Character) - 1980
80% 85% Smokey and the Bandit Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 6% Mr. Billion John Cutler (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet How Do I Love Thee? Stanley Waltz (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 37% Don't Drink the Water Walter Hollander (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 38% How to Commit Marriage Oliver Poe (Character) - 1969
42% 41% Skidoo Tough Tony Banks (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 68% Soldier in the Rain MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 82% Papa's Delicate Condition Jack Griffith (Character) - 1963
92% 89% Requiem for a Heavyweight Maish Rennick (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 87% Gigot Gigot (Character) - 1962
98% 93% The Hustler Minnesota Fats (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Hawk Aladdin (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Riley Chester Riley (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Hank (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 62% Springtime in the Rockies The Commissioner (uncredited) (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 11% Lady Gangster Wilson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 81% Orchestra Wives Himself (Character) - 1942
100% 70% All Through the Night Starchy (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Crime Convict (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 81% Larceny, Inc. Hobart, lunch counter man (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Navy Blues Tubby (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
100% No Score Yet The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes Ralph Kramden (Character) 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1955 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program Guest 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Riley Chester A. Riley (Character) 1949-1950

QUOTES FROM Jackie Gleason CHARACTERS

Izzy Einstein says: Tell the Dutchman greetings from Izzy and Moe.

Izzy Einstein says: Nobody ever suspects a chubby guy.

"Fast" Eddie Felson says: Fat man. You shoot a great game of pool.

Minnesota Fats says: So do you, Fast Eddie.

Sheriff Buford T. Justice says: You boys couldn't open an umbrella!

Sheriff Buford T. Justice says: What the hell is the world coming to?

Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter says: Let me tell you something, my friend: being a fat narcissist isn't easy.