James Gleason

James Gleason

Highest Rated: 100% Suddenly (1954)

Lowest Rated: 17% The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Character actor James Gleason usually played tough-talking, world-weary guys with a secret heart-of-gold. He is easily recognized for his tendency to talk out of the side of his mouth. Gleason's parents were actors, and after serving in the Spanish-American War, Gleason joined their stock company in Oakland, California. His career was interrupted by service in World War I, following which he began to appear on Broadway. He debuted onscreen in 1922, but didn't begin to appear regularly in films until 1928. Meanwhile, during the '20s he also wrote a number of plays and musicals, several of which were later made into films. In the early sound era, Gleason collaborated on numerous scripts as a screenwriter or dialogue specialist; he also directed one film, Hot Tip (1935). As an actor, he appeared in character roles in over 150 films, playing a wide range of hard-boiled (and often semi-comic) urban characters, including detectives, reporters, marine sergeants, gamblers, fight managers, and heroes' pals. In a series of films in the '30s, he had a recurring lead role as slow-witted police inspector Oscar Piper. James Gleason was married to actress Lucille Webster Gleason; their son was actor Russell Gleason.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Awaken Willy 2012
38% American Dreamz Journalist $7.2M 2006
51% Simone Reporter $9.5M 2002
52% Why Do Fools Fall In Love Stage Manager 1998
90% Mother Waiter 1996
No Score Yet Sawbones Coroner 1995
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Actor 1994
24% Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday Agent Abernathy 1993
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's Star The Director 1993
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha Taxi Driver 1992
17% The World's Greatest Lover Room Clerk 1977
No Score Yet Money, Women and Guns Henry Devers 1958
63% Rock-a-Bye Baby Dr. Simkins 1958
92% The Last Hurrah Duke Gillen 1958
No Score Yet The Female Animal Tom Maloney 1958
No Score Yet Man or Gun Sheriff Jackson 1958
No Score Yet Man in the Shadow Hank James 1957
No Score Yet Loving You Carl 1957
No Score Yet Star in the Dust Orval Jones 1956
99% The Night of the Hunter Birdie 1955
100% Suddenly Pop Benson 1954
No Score Yet Forever Female Eddie Woods 1954
No Score Yet Hollywood Thrillmakers Risky Russell 1953
57% What Price Glory? Gen. Cokely 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Duffy 1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers Bert Lynn 1952
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup Charley Dolan 1951
80% I'll See You In My Dreams Fred Townsend 1951
No Score Yet The Jackpot Harry Summers 1950
No Score Yet Riding High Racing Secretary 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Sgt. Hogan 1950
No Score Yet The Yellow Cab Man Mickey Corkins 1950
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond J. Hobart Gleason 1949
No Score Yet Bad Boy Chief 1949
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me Lefty 1948
No Score Yet The Return of October Uncle Willie 1948
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West Sam Briggs 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Sylvester 1948
No Score Yet Smart Woman Sam 1948
No Score Yet Tycoon Pop Mathews 1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth Max Corkle 1947
No Score Yet Lady Luck Sacramento Sam 1946
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Sharp 1946
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn McGarrity 1945
100% The Clock Al Henry 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Dr. Wilbur Fiske 1944
No Score Yet Girl Rush Actor 1944
88% Arsenic and Old Lace Lt. Rooney 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time "The Moke" 1944
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Col. "Nails" Kilpatrick 1944
No Score Yet Crash Dive Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell 1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Father Joe 1942
No Score Yet The Falcon Takes Over Inspector Mike O'hara 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Pat Hawley 1942
No Score Yet A Date with the Falcon Actor 1942
No Score Yet Hay Foot Actor 1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade Bruce McKay 1942
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Sgt. Daniels 1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million Barkley 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours "Chet" Phillips 1941
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway Thornton Reed 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Max Corkle 1941
91% Meet John Doe Henry Connell 1941
No Score Yet On Your Toes Phil Dolan Sr. 1939
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Danny The Duck 1937
No Score Yet Forty Naughty Girls Insp. Oscar Piper 1937
No Score Yet The Plot Thickens Insp. Oscar Piper 1936
No Score Yet The Big Game George 1936
No Score Yet The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Inspector Corrigan 1936
No Score Yet Murder on a Bridle Path Insp. Oscar Piper 1936
No Score Yet Yours for the Asking Saratoga 1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human Detective Danny Walsh 1935
No Score Yet West Point of the Air Joe Bags 1935
No Score Yet Murder on a Honeymoon Insp. Oscar Piper 1935
No Score Yet Change of Heart Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Search For Beauty Dan Healy 1934
No Score Yet The Meanest Gal in Town Duke Slater 1934
No Score Yet Murder on the Blackboard Insp. Oscar Piper 1934
No Score Yet The Bowery Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Clear All Wires Lefty 1933
No Score Yet Hoopla Jerry 1933
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder Police Inspector Oscar Piper 1932
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle Arthur Crimmer 1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies Pa McClune 1932
No Score Yet Lady and Gent (The Challenger) Pin Streaver 1932
No Score Yet The Big Gamble Squint Dugan 1931
No Score Yet A Free Soul Eddie 1931
No Score Yet Her Man Actor 1930
No Score Yet The Garden of Eatin' Actor 1929
No Score Yet High Voltage Screenwriter 1929
36% The Broadway Melody Music Publisher Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet His First Command Screenwriter Actor 1929
No Score Yet Flying Fool Actor Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Count of Ten The manager 1928


86% Modern Family
Mr. Ingram 2014
80% FlashForward
Rev. David Mullen 2010
82% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Phil Dewitt 2008
37% Dirt
Minister 2008
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Phil Palmer Leo 2000
94% Frasier
Guest Ed 1998
13% Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Novak 1993
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Jake 1993
100% Brooklyn Bridge
Father 1992
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Roger 1992
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
Dr. Appollinaire 1992
No Score Yet MacGyver
Dr. Darnell 1991
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Sloan 1980
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Pete 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Howard Jorgy 1957


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