Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason

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

Lowest Rated: Not Available

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.

Highest rated movies

All Through the Night
The Hustler
Requiem for a Heavyweight
Smokey and the Bandit Nothing in Common
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
Smokey and the Bandit II




58% 56% Blast From the Past Non-Original Music $26.5M 1999
54% 40% Nothing in Common Max Basner (Character) $32.0M 1986
No Score Yet 60% Izzy and Moe Izzy Einstein (Character) - 1985
17% 18% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Buford T. Justice (Character) - 1983
0% 29% The Sting II Fargo Gondorff (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson Unknown (Character) - 1983
4% 53% The Toy U.S. Bates (Character) - 1982
14% 43% Smokey and the Bandit II Sheriff Buford T. Justice/Gaylord Justice/Reginald Van Justice (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 6% Mr. Billion John Cutler (Character) - 1977
77% 84% Smokey and the Bandit Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet How Do I Love Thee? Stanley Waltz (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 36% Don't Drink the Water Walter Hollander (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 36% How to Commit Marriage Oliver Poe (Character) - 1969
42% 39% Skidoo Tough Tony Banks (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 67% Soldier in the Rain MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 82% Papa's Delicate Condition Jack Griffith (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 88% Gigot Gigot (Character) - 1962
92% 88% Requiem for a Heavyweight Maish Rennick (Character) - 1962
96% 93% The Hustler Minnesota Fats (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Million Dollar Incident Jackie Gleason (Character),
Original Music
- 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
100% 70% All Through the Night Starchy (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 62% Springtime in the Rockies The Commissioner (uncredited) (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 82% Orchestra Wives Self - 1942
No Score Yet 10% Lady Gangster Wilson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 81% Larceny, Inc. Hobart, lunch counter man (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Hank (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Crime Convict (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Navy Blues Tubby (Character) - 1941


No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
100% 100% The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes Ralph Kramden (Character) 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1953 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes 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