1916 - 1987 (71 years)
Has 2 ancestors and 4 descendants in this family tree.
|26 Feb 1916
|Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA
|24 Jun 1987
|Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
|Miami, Dade County, Florida, USA
|26 Mar 2013
- Gleason designed his own fantastic round house that was built in Peekskill, NY in the 1950s and remains a modern marvel. The precious wood interior took special crafting by Swedish carpenters who were brought to the U.S. for a year to work on the house. It contained a basement disco and one of the bery first in-home video projection systems. Despite the enormous cost, the Gleason dream house long suffered from a leaky wooden roof.
Gleason was legendary for his dislike of rehearsal, even in the early days of live TV. Yet he was equally renowned for his total mastery and control over each production detail and insisted on the show credit: "Entire Production Supervised by Jackie Gleason."
Jackie was prone to excess with wine, women, song and work, a lifestyle which often led to exhaustion. In such cases, he would check into a hospital for some needed rest. But one famous story has it, when Gleason really felt "sick", he checked himself OUT of the hospital, and went home to be taken care of!
Despite his iconic stature as a TV-comedy giant, Gleason never won an EMMY.
Namesake of the Jackie Gleason (formerly 5th Avenue) Bus Depot in Brooklyn, NY.
Had an interest in the occult as well as an extensive collection of books on the paranormal.
On January 20, 1960, a game show he co-developed, "You're In the Picture", premired on the CBS network. The premise was to have celebrity guests place their heads into a cut out scene and ask the host questions as to guess what picture or historical scene they were in. The show's concept was ill-conceived, especially for co-creator and host Jackie Gleason, who on the next week's broadcast apologized to the viewers, saying "Honesty is the best policy. We had a show last week that laid the biggest bomb! I've seen bombs in my day, but this one made the H-bomb look like a two-inch salute." The time-slot was filled with a variety program; "The Jackie Gleason Show".
Recorded a number of albums featuring instrumental "mood music" (what is now known today as "lounge music"). Gleason served as producer, bandleader, 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 Dali.
Jackie said that Orson Welles bestowed his "The Great One" nickname upon him.
Gleason was not only a boxer and carnival barker in his early years, but a pool hustler. Interestingly, he went on to play Minnesota Fats in Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman.