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Herbert John Gleason
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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 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
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:
Genevieve Halford - Ex-wife
Beverly McKittrick - Ex-wife
Clemence Gleason - Brother
Geraldine Gleason - Daughter
Marilyn Gleason - Wife
Mae Kelly Gleason - Mother
Herbert Gleason - Father
Linda Gleason - Daughter
Jackie Gleason Awards:
1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
1961 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
1954 Emmy: Best Male Star of a Regular Series - Nominee
1956 Emmy: Best Actor-Continuing Performance - Nominee
1955 Emmy: Best Written Comedy Material - Nominee
1955 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
1955 Emmy: Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series - Nominee
1953 Emmy: Best Comedian - Nominee
1964 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Nominee
1962 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
1960 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
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