Friday, February 26, 2016

Jackie Gleason 100 -- February 26, 2016

Jackie Gleason was born 100 years ago today, on 26-February-1916.  His television career was brilliant.  I remember watching The Jackie Gleason Show at my grandparents' house.  The Honeymooners with Art Carney was constantly in reruns.  Gleason's movie career was mixed.
Gleason played supporting parts in many movies like All Through the Night.

Later he was in bad movies like Gigot.
He was in at least one really good movie, The Hustler, where he was brilliant as Minnesota Fats.
From 1975 to 1986, his movie career blossomed.  He was in a lot of movies.  Some were ok.  The worst was the American remake of The Toy with Richard Pryor.  We loved the Pierre Richard movie.  We went to see the American version in the theater and regretted it. 

He was also a composer.  I remember seeing many of his albums in used record stores.  

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