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Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason

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Also Known As: Died: June 24, 1987
Born: February 26, 1916 Cause of Death: colon cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1968:
Co-starred in the disastrous "Skidoo"
1961:
Earned Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Minnesota Fats in "The Hustler"
1961:
Hosted disastrous "You're in the Picture" (CBS)
1986:
Made final film appearance in "Nothing in Common", playing Tom Hanks' father
1949:
Made TV series debut starring in "The Life of Riley" (NBC); show filmed in California
1964:
Permanently moved to Florida
1950:
Returned to NYC
1983:
Starred with Laurence Olivier in the HBO TV-movie "Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson"
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Became a Broadway star with "Take Me Along"; won Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical
1935:
First professional nightclub appearance in Newark, NJ
1938:
Made Broadway debut in "Hellzapoppin'"
1940:
Put under contract by Warner Bros after Jack Warner spotted him performing at a Manhattan nightclub
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Returned to the hour-long variety format with "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS)
1963:
Starred as Jack Griffith in "Papa's Delicate Condition"
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Starred in first incarnation of "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS), a one-hour variety series
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While on tour with "Sly Fox", suffered a heart attack and underwent triple by-pass surgery
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Worked as a carnival barker and emcee in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
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Appeared on Broadway throughout the 1940s in such shows as "Artists and Models" (1943), "Follow the Girls" (1944), in which he appeared in drag, and "Along Fifth Avenue" (1949)
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Did one season as star of the half-hourcomedy series "The Honeymooners" (CBS)
1941:
Feature film debut in "Navy Blues"
1977:
First played Sheriff Buford T Justice in "Smokey and the Bandit"; would appear in two sequels
1953:
Recorded first album for Capitol Records
1978:
Returned to Broadway for brief run in "Sly Fox"
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Returned to TV as star of the variety series "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS); also reprised "The Honeymooners"
1955:
Signed $14 million contract with CBS and Buick (the sponsor of his variety series)
1931:
Won an amatuer night contest in Brooklyn at age 15 (date approximate)
1961:
Wrote and starred in "The Million Dollar Incident" (CBS)
1962:
Co-wrote and starred in "Gigot"; also wrote the music score
1953:
Had first dramatic role in "The Laughmaker", co-starring Art Carney
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Hosted "Cavalcade of Stars" (DuMont); first introduced the character of Ralph Kramden; also first teaming with Art Carney
1948:
Made TV debut on "Talk of the Town", hosted by Ed Sullivan
1985:
Reteamed with Art Carney as co-stars in the CBS TV-movie "Izzy and Moe"; also wrote the musical score

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