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Also Known As: Jimmy Gleason Died: April 12, 1959
Born: May 23, 1882 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, dialogue specialist, dialogue director, director, playwright

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Former Broadway performer and playwright who began regular screen appearances, usually in hard-boiled comic character parts, in the late 1920s. The invaluable Gleason, often in acid comedy roles with more than a touch of Damon Runyonesque New Yorkness about them, justly received an Oscar nomination for his delightful Max Corkle in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941), and graced dozens of films before his death in 1959. He often worked with his wife Lucille Gleason; with their son, actor Russell Gleason they made a series of Higgins family comedies for Republic in the late 30s and early 40s.

Former Broadway performer and playwright who began regular screen appearances, usually in hard-boiled comic character parts, in the late 1920s. The invaluable Gleason, often in acid comedy roles with more than a touch of Damon Runyonesque New Yorkness about them, justly received an Oscar nomination for his delightful Max Corkle in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941), and graced dozens of films before his death in 1959. He often worked with his wife Lucille Gleason; with their son, actor Russell Gleason they made a series of Higgins family comedies for Republic in the late 30s and early 40s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Hot Tip (1935) Director
2.
  Oh, Yeah (1929) Dialogue Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Money, Women and Guns (1959) Henry Devers
2.
 Once Upon a Horse... (1958) Postmaster
3.
 The Last Hurrah (1958) Cuke Gillen
4.
 The Female Animal (1958) Tom Maloney
5.
 Man or Gun (1958) Sheriff Jim Jackson
6.
 Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) Dr. Simkins
7.
 Spring Reunion (1957) Mr. Collyer
8.
 Loving You (1957) Carl Meade
9.
 Man in the Shadow (1957) Hank James
10.
 Star in the Dust (1956) Orval Jones
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1922:
Film actor
1935:
Film director "Hot Tip"

Notes

Another actor named James Gleason has credits in TV and films beginning in the mid-1970s; there is also a sound recordist of the late 1950s and early 1960s generally credited as James A. Gleason.

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wife:
Lucille Gleason. Actor. Died in 1947.

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son:
Russell Gleason. Actor. Born 1908, died in 1945; committed suicide.

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