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.


Portly American comedian with a nice line in easy-going humor. He played a few small roles as comic relief at the beginning of the 1940s, then made a sensational impact with his first big dramatic role in The Hustler, which won him an Academy Award nomination. Disappointingly, he returned to comedy roles and his film career again stuttered, but he was very successful on television. Died from cancer of the liver. Grandfather of actor Jason Patric.

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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

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:

Oliver Poe: [spots the recently divorced Benson's with their respective dates, at his standing room only nightclub, dressed like hippies] Well, look who just came in... split-city. I think I'll go over and deflate some egos.
Laverne Baker: Now, Oliver, don't cause any trouble.
Oliver Poe: [with glee] Me? Trouble? Preposterous!
Oliver Poe: [walks over to Benson's table] Who are you supposed to be Sambo's mother?
Frank Benson: Look Flabberino, why don't you leave and make room for like six more tables?
Oliver Poe: Sold any mud, lately? Well, well, well. One big happy family. I don't get it.
[points to the ex-Mrs. Benson]
Oliver Poe: You're with him.
[points to Lois' breasts]
Oliver Poe: And he's with those... I mean, her.
Frank Benson: Back up Moby Dick, how would you like your flab parted in the front, too.
Oliver Poe: I'm getting out of here before I punch a senior citizen in the snoot.

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.

Jack Griffith: How sweet it is!

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Irish-American. Both of His parents were from County Cork,Ireland.

Recorded a number of albums featuring instrumental "mood music" (what is now known today as "lounge music"). Gleason served as producer, band-leader, and (on occasion) vibraphone player, despite the fact that he couldn't read sheet music. Several of the albums included original compositions by Gleason. One album, "Lonesome Echo", topped the charts in 1955, and featured an album cover with original art by Salvador Dalí.

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