- —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)
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 costars 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.