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Art Carney

Art Carney

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Also Known As: Arthur William Matthew Carney Died: November 9, 2003
Born: November 4, 1918 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian

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Forever known as sewer worker Ed Norton in the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners," Art Carney was the youngest of six brothers and was drafted as an infantryman in World War II. During the Battle of Normandy, shrapnel hit Carney's leg and gave him a lifelong limp. He started in radio as a gifted mimic and in 1948 transitioned to television, making his debut as a waiter on "The Morey Amsterdam Show." When he was hired for a supporting role to Jackie Gleason on "Cavalcade of Stars" in 1952, Carney found a comedic foil and lifelong friend until Gleason's 1987 death. The duo's skillful on-stage chemistry eventually yielded the Cramden/Norton tandem, two working-class stiffs forever pursuing get-rich schemes as their long-suffering wives looked on. Carney's Ed Norton truly perfected the idea of the comedic second banana, a role he continued to fill playing alongside Gleason in subsequent years. Carney still found plenty of time to nourish his own career, guesting on television series and appearing in a mid-1960s Broadway run of "The Odd Couple." In 1974, Carney won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in "Harry and Tonto." Roles in "Roadie," "Going in Style." "Firestarter," and finally 1993's "The Last Action...

Forever known as sewer worker Ed Norton in the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners," Art Carney was the youngest of six brothers and was drafted as an infantryman in World War II. During the Battle of Normandy, shrapnel hit Carney's leg and gave him a lifelong limp. He started in radio as a gifted mimic and in 1948 transitioned to television, making his debut as a waiter on "The Morey Amsterdam Show." When he was hired for a supporting role to Jackie Gleason on "Cavalcade of Stars" in 1952, Carney found a comedic foil and lifelong friend until Gleason's 1987 death. The duo's skillful on-stage chemistry eventually yielded the Cramden/Norton tandem, two working-class stiffs forever pursuing get-rich schemes as their long-suffering wives looked on. Carney's Ed Norton truly perfected the idea of the comedic second banana, a role he continued to fill playing alongside Gleason in subsequent years. Carney still found plenty of time to nourish his own career, guesting on television series and appearing in a mid-1960s Broadway run of "The Odd Couple." In 1974, Carney won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in "Harry and Tonto." Roles in "Roadie," "Going in Style." "Firestarter," and finally 1993's "The Last Action Hero" were followed by his retirement from acting.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Action Hero (1993) Frank
3.
 Night Friend (1988) Monsignor O'Brien
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 Izzy and Moe (1985) Morris "Moe" Smith
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 Naked Face, The (1985) Morgens
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 Blue Yonder, The (1985) Henry Coogan
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 Firestarter (1984) Irv Manders
8.
 Terrible Joe Moran (1984) Tony
9.
 The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) (Cameo Appearance)
10.
 Night They Saved Christmas, The (1984) Santa Claus
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1936:
Began his career as a mimic and novelty singer with the Horace Heidt Orchestra
1941:
Made his screen debut in a bit part in "Pot o' Gold," which was his last feature appearance for over 20 years
1942:
Worked in radio with Horace Heidt, on "The March of Time," doing impersonations of politicians in the news and often partnered with character actor Ollie O'Toole, and as second banana to Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen and Bert Lahr
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Served in the U.S. Army and was hit by shrapnel at Normandy's Omaha Beach landing, suffering a leg wound that left him with a slight limp
1948:
Made his TV series debut as Charlie the doorman and Newton the waiter on "The Morey Amsterdam Show" (CBS, 1948-1949; DuMont, 1949-1950)
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Was a regular on DuMont Network's "Cavalcade of Stars"
1951:
Introduced his Ed Norton character on "The Honeymooners" skit on "Cavalcade of Stars"
1951:
Was a regular on the NBC variety series "Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt"
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Co-starred on "The Jackie Gleason Show" and reprised the character of Ed Norton in "The Honeymooners" sketches, for which he won three back-to-back Emmy Awards in 1953, 1954 and 1955
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Played Norton in the sitcom "The Honeymooners" (CBS)
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Broadway debut, "The Rope Dancers"
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Headlined a series of TV specials for NBC
1964:
First major screen role, "The Yellow Rolls-Royce"
1965:
Originated the role of Felix Unger on Broadway in "The Odd Couple"
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Returned to his status as a regular on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS)
1969:
Earned a Tony Award nomination for his role in the stage play "Lovers" by Brian Friel
1974:
Won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as a senior citizen in "Harry and Tonto"
1977:
Delivered one of his best film performances as an aging detective investigating his partner's murder in Robert Benton's "The Late Show"
1977:
Starred in the short-lived NBC series "Lanigan's Rabbi"
1979:
Teamed with George Burns and Lee Strasberg for "Going in Style"
1984:
Had a featured role in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"
1984:
Won his sixth Emmy for a supporting role in "Terrible Joe Moran" (CBS), starring James Cagney
1985:
Final onscreen teaming with Jackie Gleason in the title roles of the CBS TV-movie "Izzy and Moe"
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Had a recurring guest role as James Cavanaugh on the CBS sitcom "The Cavanaughs"
1988:
Hosted "Jackie Gleason: The Great One," a posthumous CBS tribute to Gleason
1990:
Made his last TV movie "Where Pigeons Go to Die" (NBC)
1993:
Final feature appearace to date in "The Last Action Hero"
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Education

A B Davis High School: Mount Vernon , New York -

Notes

"Carney is without a doubt the greatest comedic sensitive that I have ever run into or seen." --Jackie Gleason in a televised interview

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wife:
Jean Myers. Married on August 15, 1940; divorced in 1966; remarried in March 1977.
wife:
Barbara Isaac. Second wife; married in December 1966; divorced.

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father:
Edward Carney. Journalist, insurance salesman.
mother:
Helen Carney. Violinist.
brother:
Jack Carney. Booking agent. Died 1956; older.
brother:
Ned Carney. Older.
brother:
Phil Carney. Older.
brother:
Frederick Carney. Older.
brother:
Robert Carney. Older.
daughter:
Eileen Carney. Born in September 1946; mother, Jean Myers.
son:
Brian Carney. Born in February 1946; mother, Jean Myers.
son:
Paul Carney. Born in 1952; mother, Jean Myers.
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"Art Carney: A Biography" Fromm International

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