Jackie Gleason

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Quotes (11)

  • Jackie Gleason: Don't make life difficult. Just play the melody – and do it in the simplest way possible.

  • (about Art Carney) Jackie Gleason: The first time I saw the guy act, I knew I would have to work twice as hard for my laughs.

  • Jackie Gleason: The worst thing you can do with money is save it.

  • Jackie Gleason: Drinking removes warts and pimples. Not from me. But from those I look at.

  • Jackie Gleason: I've had a lot of fun being fat. I've also had a lot of fun being thin. But I've been fat a lot longer so I've had a lot more fun being fat.

  • Jackie Gleason: I'm no alcoholic. I'm a drunkard. There's a difference. A drunkard doesn't like to go to meetings.

  • Jackie Gleason: I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.

  • Jackie Gleason: Modesty in an actor is as fake as passion in a call girl.

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Trivia (36)

  • Jackie was 5'11.5" tall.

  • Jackie Gleason starred in the flop You're In The Picture on January 19, 1961, a game show where celebrities put their faces through cardboard cut-outs and the contestants would give them hints to help them guess who they were supposed to be. It was such an embarrassment that Gleason apologized for it the following week on national television.

  • Jackie was featured on the cover of the December 29, 1961 issue of Time Magazine.

  • Jackie would rub his stomach as a signal in the event of forgetting his lines on The Honeymooners, since he insisted on doing the show without rehearsals.

  • Gleason's last wife was Marilyn Taylor, of the famous June Taylor Dancers, who were a staple on the Jackie Gleason show.

  • Gleason wrote all the music for the Chaplain-esque movie Gigot (1962) prior to each scene filmed. The remarkable actor wrote and starred in the touching movie, but did not utter a single word because he portrayed the part of a "mute."

  • Jackie was chosen by Billy Wilder to play in The Fortune Cookie (1966) but co-star Jack Lemmon insisted on Walter Matthau and won.

  • Salary: All Through the Night (1942) $500/week Cavalcade of Stars (1949) $750/week The Jackie Gleason Show (1966) $50,000/week Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) $1,200,000

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