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Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr. (born John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason)
Biographical information
Date of birthFebruary 26, 1916
Age (1885)Not yet born
Age (1925)9
Age (1931)15
Age (1955)39
Age (1985)69
Physical description
Behind-the-scenes information
—Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden in "The Man from Space"
"Having restored his suzerainty in the household, he [Sam Baines] loaded his fork with a huge mouthful of instant potatoes and returned his attention to Jackie Gleason."
—From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 111)

Jackie Gleason (b. February 26, 1916, Brooklyn, New York; d. June 24, 1987, Lauderhill, Florida) was a television and film actor for several decades in the 20th century.


Gleason was best known as Ralph Kramden on the black-and-white television sitcom The Honeymooners (1955-56), and later as Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series.

His last movie role before his death on June 24, 1987 at seventy-one was as Max Basner in the comedy-drama Nothing in Common (1986), starring Tom Hanks.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Jackie Gleason's character on The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden, worked as a bus driver for the fictional Gotham Bus Company in New York, but although Ralph was sometimes seen at the bus depot in various episodes, he was never actually seen driving a bus on-screen. However, Gleason did appear behind the wheel of a bus — with his co-stars Audrey Meadows (Alice Kramden), Art Carney (Edward Lillywhite "Ed" Norton) and Joyce Randolph (Thelma "Trixie" Norton) as passengers — in specially posed publicity shots for the show in 1955.[1]


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