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Jackie Gleason

Choose an answer from the three choices or True/False offered after each question and then "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Jackie Gleason1. Gleason was born while his parents lived at 364 Chauncey Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Mae, a subway change-booth attendant, and Herb Gleason, an insurance auditor.

  • True or False?

2. In 1941, Jackie plays in Navy Blues with Ann Sheridan and Martha Raye. He was known as Jackie C. Gleason. What was the name of his character?

  • Homer
  • Buttons
  • Tubby

3. His first recognition as an entertainer came on Broadway, when he appeared in Follow the Girls (1944).

  • True or False?

4. Gleason's first big break arrived 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. Who originated the role on radio, but was unable to take the television role at first because of film commitments?

  • Lanny Rees
  • Martin Milner
  • William Bendix

5. Gleason was hired to host Cavalcade of Stars variety hour in 1950, balancing glitzy entertainment with his comic versatility. What network did the show appear on?

  • FOX
  • NBC
  • DuMont

6. The show was renamed The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS and ranked #2 in popularity. The show opens with a dance number. What was the dance group called?

  • Berkeley Dancers
  • June Taylor Dancers
  • Jackieďż˝s Girls

7. He also added another catchphrase to the American vernacular, first uttered in the 1962 film Papa's Delicate Condition: "How sweet it is!"

  • True or False?

8. He earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. What was the 1961 movie?

  • The Hustler
  • Pool Shark
  • Eddie Felson

9. In the popular Smokey and the Bandit series, what character did Gleason play?

  • Sheriff Buford T. Justice
  • Big Enos Burdette
  • Cledus "Snowman" Snow

10. Gleason ended up doing a series of Honeymooners specials for ABC. Art Carney and Audrey Meadows reprised their original roles. Who played Trixie?

  • Jane Kean
  • Joyce Randolph
  • Jane Meadows

Check Your Answers

  1. True
  2. Tubby
  3. True
  4. William Bendix
  5. DuMont
  6. June Taylor Dancers
  7. True
  8. The Hustler
  9. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
  10. Jane Kean

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