Job Actor
Years active 1914-59
Known for Policemen, editors, army sergeants, taxi drivers, cynically wisecracking friends; pencil mustache and distinctive raspy Brooklyn accent
Top Roles Eddie, Charley Dolan, Bruce McKay, McGarrity, Max Corkle
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Musical, Mystery, Crime
Top TopicsBook-Based, Show Business, Based on Play
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), , (Producer)
Shares birthday with Douglas Fairbanks, Betty Garrett, John Payne  see more..

James Gleason Overview:

Character actor, James Gleason, was born James Austin Gleason on May 23, 1882 in New York City, NY. Gleason died at the age of 76 on Apr 12, 1959 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.


James Gleason was a wiry American actor with a pencil mustache and raspy Brooklyn accent -- a familiar face from the onset of sound in scores of films as policemen, editors, army sergeants, taxi drivers and cynically wisecracking best friends. He never failed to build an identifiable and usually likable character. He was a long-term sufferer from asthma, which was eventually the cause of his death at age 72. He also wrote plays for theatre and screenplays for the cinema. He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Here Comes Mr. Jordan".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1941Best Supporting ActorHere Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Max CorkleNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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By smumcountry on Sep 25, 2016 From Smum County

September 25, 2016 by smumcounty James Austin Gleason was born in New York City on May 23rd 1882 to William Gleason and Mina Crolius who were both theater folk. James or Jimmie as he was known to his friends was quickly inducted into the world of theater when he made his stage debut at the tender ag... Read full article

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James Gleason Quotes:

Jan Ashe: Tell me, Eddie. Has he been drinking?
Eddie: Well... uh...
Jan Ashe: A lot?
Eddie: Well, it wouldn't be a lot for a camel or one of them things.

Eddie: [to Jan] It's leopard sweat! You can't trust it!

Lt. Rooney: What has occurred?

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