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.
MINI BIO: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. (Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Gleason was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1961||Best Supporting Actor||The Hustler (1961)||Minnesota Fats||Nominated|
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.
Oliver Poe: [smoking a cigarette in church] I'm the victim's father.
Reverend Dempster: [greeting Laverne] This must be Mrs. Poe.
Oliver Poe: No, but she's auditioning.
Ben Beck: [as Bill Abbott approaches yet another pretty girl] There he goes. Out of the frying pan, into the frying pan!
read more quotes from Jackie Gleason...