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Jackie Gleason was born at 364 Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York on Feb 26, 1916 and passed away on June 24, 1987.
Jackie Gleason was an American comedian, actor and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, especially by his character Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners, a situation-comedy television series in the 1950's.
Gleason worked at New York's Club 18, where insulting its patrons was the order of the day. Jackie Gleason greeted professional skater Sonja Henie by handing her an ice cube and saying, "Okay, now do something."
Jackie Gleason's big break was in 1949, when he landed the role of blunt but softhearted aircraft worker Chester A. Riley for the first television version of the radio hit The Life of Riley.
Jackie Gleason was hired to host DuMont's Cavalcade of Stars variety hour in 1950. The offer first made to Gleason was for two weeks at $750 per week. Jackie said he did not consider that worth traveling to New York by train for, so the offer was extended to four weeks. Mr. Gleason then boarded the train back to New York.
Jackie Gleason also had a musical talent. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Gleason enjoyed his secondary music career, lending his name to a series of best-selling "mood music" albums with jazz overtones for Capitol Records. Jackie Gleason felt there was a ready market for romantic instrumentals. His goal was to make musical wallpaper that should never be intrusive, but conducive.
Remember the Golden Age of television and watching Jackie Gleason on the Life of Riley and the Honeymooners? Chances are you watched and loved the Red Skelton Show as well.
Planning a trip to Pigeon Forge TN ?? Take a trip over to the Live Rock N' Roll Theater on the Parkway across the street from the Titanic Museum and see Brian Hoffman paying tribute to Red Skelton.
CLICK HERE or on the Show Schedule link above to make your reservations to see Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton
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