John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason (February 26, 1916 June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor, writer, composer, and conductor from Brooklyn, New York, whose career extended across six decades and encompassed nightclubs, theater, film, television, and records.
Gleason was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy, as exemplified by his portayal of blowhard bus driver Ralph Kamden in the classic 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. He is also remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performance as master pool shark "Minnesota Fats" in The Hustler, and for his role as the foul-mouthed Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit films.
Gleason is one of several individuals known by the sobriquet "The Great One". His grandson, Jason Patric, is also an actor.
Not to be confused with Jack Gleeson.
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Film roles on this wiki:
- All Through the Night (1941)
- The Hustler (1961)
- Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
- Skidoo (1968)
- Don't Drink the Water (1969)
- Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
- The Toy (1982)
- Nothing in Common (1986)