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Happy birthday, Jackie Gleason (and congrats on the new site)! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 26th 2008 5:28PM

Jackie GleasonI'm sure there are a lot of TV fans out there who really don't know Gleason or his work, or if they do know it, it's from his work on The Honeymooners. They don't remember the other TV shows he had (which aren't usually shown anymore) or his work in films like The Hustler, Gigot, and Requiem For A Heavyweight (OK, maybe they're familiar with Smokey and the Bandit). Nor are they aware of his innovative sitcom filming techniques, using multiple cameras to film the show for videotape.

Today is Jackie Gleason's birthday (he was born in 1916), and there's a new official web site up at JackieGleason.com, and it's quite good. Not only do you get pictures and an in-depth career timeline and forums, there are also various video clips to watch, including Gleason as characters such as Joe The Bartender, The Poor Soul, Rum Dum, and, of course, Ralph Kramden.

YouTube also has some classic Gleason clips. After the jump, Ed Norton trying to teach Ralph how to play golf.

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Big thanks for this news!

February 27 2008 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually collect Jackie Gleason anything and thank you for this site!

February 27 2008 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think I remember Jackie best for his role, Max Basner, in the movie "Nothing in common" with Tom Hanks.
They were a great father/son combo.
Gleason was great.

February 26 2008 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

How sweet it is !

February 26 2008 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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