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Art Carney Biography

Birth Name:
Arthur William Matthew Carney
Birth Place:
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Did myriad impersonations as a child, including Jimmy Durante, Edward G
  • Robinson and Franklin D
  • Roosevelt, and won talent contests in elementary school and high school
  • Entered the U
  • S
  • Army in the early 1940s and endured a serious leg wound at Normandy, which left him with a permanent limp
  • Never took an acting course
  • Before landing the role of Ed Norton on The Honeymooners, played second banana on radio to Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen and Bert Lahr in the late '40s
  • Created the role of Felix Unger (opposite Walter Matthau) in the original 1965 Broadway production of The Odd Couple
  • Made his final big-screen appearance in the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Last Action Hero
  • Son Brian plays the GEICO gecko's boss in a series of commercials for the insurance company
  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard


  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: winner
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Special: nominated
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1974Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1968Emmy-Special Classifications of Individual Achievements: winner
  • 1967Emmy-Special Classifications of Individual Achievements: winner
  • 1966Emmy-Special Classifications of Individual Achievements: nominated
  • 1957Emmy-Best Supporting Performance by an Actor: nominated
  • 1956Emmy-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1955Emmy-Best Supporting Actor in a Regular Series: winner
  • 1954Emmy-Best Series Supporting Actor: winner


  • Jack Carney -- Brother
  • Ned Carney -- Brother
  • Phil Carney -- Brother
  • Robert Carney -- Brother
  • Eileen Carney -- Daughter
  • Barbara Isaac -- Ex-wife
  • Edward Michael Carney -- Father
  • Helen Carney -- Mother
  • Paul Carney -- Son
  • Jean Myers -- Wife