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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 9, 2003|
|Born:||November 4, 1918||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Mount Vernon, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Began career as a mimic and novelty singer with Horace Heidt Orchestra
Screen debut in a bit part, "Pot o' Gold"; last feature appearance for over 20 years
Worked on 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; interrupted in 1944-1945 for military service
Served in US Army; hit by shrapnel at Normandy's Omaha Beach landing and suffered a leg wound which left him with a slight limp
TV series debut as Charlie the doorman and Newton the waiter on "The Morey Amsterdam Show" (CBS, 1948-1949; DuMont, 1949-1950)
Was a regular on DuMont Network's "Cavalcade of Stars"
Introduced Ed Norton character on "The Honeymooners" skit on "Cavalcade of Stars"
Was regular on the NBC variety series "Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt"
Co-starred on "The Jackie Gleason Show"; reprised character of Ed Norton in "The Honeymooners" sketches; won three back-to-back Emmy Awards in 1953, 1954 and 1955
Played Norton in the sitcom "The Honeymooners" (CBS)
Broadway debut, "The Rope Dancers"
Headlined a series of TV specials for NBC
First major screen role, "The Yellow Rolls-Royce"
Originated role of Felix Unger on Broadway in "The Odd Couple"
Left "The Odd Couple" when he suffered a nervous breakdown; briefly hospitalized
Returned to status as regular on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS)
Earned Tony Award nomination for his role in the stage play "Lovers" by Brian Friel
Won Best Actor Oscar for his performance as a senior citizen in "Harry and Tonto"
Delivered one of his best film performances as an aging detective investigating his partner's murder in Robert Benton's "The Late Show"
Starred in the short-lived NBC series "Lanigan's Rabbi"
Teamed with George Burns and Lee Strasberg for "Going in Style"
Had featured role in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"
Won sixth Emmy for supporting role in "Terrible Joe Moran" (CBS), starring James Cagney
Final onscreen teaming with Jackie Gleason in the title roles of the CBS TV-movie "Izzy and Moe"
Had recurring guest role as James Cavanaugh on the CBS sitcom "The Cavanaughs"
Hosted "Jackie Gleason: The Great One", a posthumous CBS tribute to Gleason
Made last TV-movie to date "Where Pigeons Go to Die" (NBC)
Final feature appearace to date in "The Last Action Hero"
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