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).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Gleason was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1941||Best Supporting Actor||Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)||Max Corkle||Nominated|
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
Know Your Character Actor –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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