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Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason
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Jackie Gleason Biography

Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr. , baptized John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor, and musician.

One of the most popular stars of early television, Gleason was respected for both comedic and dramatic roles. However, his major legacy was his brash visual and verbal comedy styling, especially as delivered by the character Ralph Kramden on the pioneering sitcom The Honeymooners.

Gleason was born while his parents lived at 364 Chauncey Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Mae, a subway change-booth attendant, and Herb Gleason, an insurance auditor. One of two sons of a father from Ireland who abandoned the family (his brother died when Jackie was a boy), Gleason was raised by a loving, but troubled, overworked Irish mother who died when he was 19. (Gleason sometimes pushed the date of death up three years to 16; biographer William A. Henry III wrote of Gleason's tendency to both exaggerate and obscure his hardscrabble childhood.) He attended but did not graduate from Bushwick High School. His first recognition as an entertainer came on Broadway, when he appeared in Follow the Girls. In his 1985 appearance on the Tonight Show, Gleason told Johnny Carson that he had played pool frequently, since childhood; he later utilized his experiences when he appeared in the film The Hustler as Minnesota Fats. Read Full Bio >>


Jackie Gleason Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2004 TV Land Awards Favorite Cantankerous Couple "The Honeymooners" (1955). Nominated
2003 TV Land Awards Working Stiff of the Year "The Honeymooners" (1955). Nominated
1964 Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Male "Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine" (1962). Nominated
1963 Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama Gigot (1962). Nominated
1962 Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Hustler (1961). Nominated

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