Herbert John Gleason, 26 February 1916, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 24 June 1987, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Gleason was primarily a comedian, starring on stage, screen and television, but he also recorded a number of albums in the 50s and 60s. He established his persona with early films such as Orchestra Wives (1942) and several appearances on Broadway (Artists And Models, Follow The Girls and Along Fifth Avenue). However, stardom came with the dawn of the 50s. The formative television series The Life Of Riley led to Cavalcade Of Stars in 1949, from which Gleason, alongside Art Carney, launched a series of sketches and basic comedy routines. He then fronted a variety/new talent CBS programme Stageshow before Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey took over. The programme was notable for introducing Elvis Presley to a television audience. The enormously popular television show The Honeymooners followed in 1955, before a series of films leading into the 60s. Notable...
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