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Jackie Gleason Overview:

Legendary actor, Jackie Gleason, was born Herbert John Gleason on Feb 26, 1916 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Gleason died at the age of 71 on Jun 24, 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and was laid to rest in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Miami, FL.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Gleason was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1961Best Supporting ActorThe Hustler (1961)Minnesota FatsNominated
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording and Television. In addition, Gleason was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame .

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Jackie Gleason Quotes:

Fast Eddie: Fats, let's you and me shoot a game of straight pool.
Minnesota Fats: Hundred dollars?
Fast Eddie: Well, you shoot big time pool, Fats. I mean, that's what everybody says: you shoot big time pool. Let's make it $200 a game.
Minnesota Fats: Now I know why they call you Fast Eddie.


David Poe: Oliver, Nancy and I are going to get married.
Nancy Benson: We love each other, Mr. Poe.
Oliver Poe: That's Victorian bourgeois. I'll prove it you.
[calls mistress on speaker phone]
Oliver Poe: Laverne, are we sleeping together?
Laverne Baker: Yes, Oliver.
Oliver Poe: Do we love each other? Are we married?
Laverne Baker: Yes, dear. No, dear.
Oliver Poe: [disconnects speaker phone] Case closed.


Minnesota Fats: Do you like to gamble, Eddie? Gamble money on pool games?


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He was not only a boxer and carnival barker in his early years, but also a pool hustler. Interestingly, he went on to play Minnesota Fats in The Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman.

Buried in Miami. His grave site is all that one would expect. Engraved in the "riser" of the second step from the top is the classic, "AND AWAY WE GO".

Once said that Orson Welles bestowed his "The Great One" nickname upon him.

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