Jackie Gleason

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  • Birth Name: Herbert John Gleason
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/26/1916, Pisces
  • Date of Death: 06/24/1987
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; composer; producer; writer
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Jackie Gleason Fast Facts:
  • Began entertainment career in his teens working as an emcee at a Brooklyn theater. Other early gigs included carnival barker and daredevil driver.
  • Dubbed "The Great One" by Orson Welles.
  • Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1986, but never won a competitive Emmy (though his frequent costar Art Carney won five, for The Honeymooners and The Jackie Gleason Show).
  • As a composer, recorded more than 35 albums with the Jackie Gleason Orchestra, though he couldn't read music.
  • Had a fascination with the paranormal and an extensive collection of books on the subject.
  • A statue of Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden from The Honeymooners stands on Eighth Avenue outside the entrance to the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan.
  • Grandfather of actor Jason Patric.
  • Trademark catchphrase "And Away We Go" appears on tombstone.
  • Jackie Gleason Relationships:
  • Beverly McKittrick - Ex-wife
  • Clemence Gleason - Brother
  • Geraldine Gleason - Daughter
  • Linda Gleason - Daughter
  • Mae Kelly Gleason - Mother
  • Genevieve Halford - Ex-wife
  • Herbert Gleason - Father
  • Marilyn Gleason - Wife
  • Jackie Gleason Awards:
  • 1955 Emmy: Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series - Nominee
  • 1954 Emmy: Best Male Star of a Regular Series - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Actor-Continuing Performance - Nominee
  • 1953 Emmy: Best Comedian - Nominee
  • 1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1955 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
  • 1962 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1964 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Nominee
  • 1955 Emmy: Best Written Comedy Material - Nominee
  • 1961 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1960 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner

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