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Jackie Gleason



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Honeymooners: The Second Honeymoon
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Bing Crosby - White Christmas
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet A Bing Crosby Christmas
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Bing Crosby Christmas
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Ralph Kramden's Greatest Schemes
  • Actor
1989
58% 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
0% The Sting II
  • Gondorff
1983
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
  • Sheriff Buford T. Justice
1983
11% The Toy
  • U.S. Bates
1982
89% Superman II
  • Actor
1981
20% 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
81% 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
36% Skidoo
  • Tony Banks
1968
No Score Yet Color Honeymooners
  • Actor
1966
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
90% Requiem for a Heavyweight
  • Maish Rennick
1962
98% The Hustler
  • Minnesota Fats
1961
No Score Yet Fishing Trip
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Wit and Wisdom of *Ed* *Norton*
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Cavalcade of Stars
  • Actor
1950
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
No Score Yet Honeymooners - Greatest Battles
  • Actor

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