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James Gleason

Screenwriter / Playwright / Film Producer / Film Director / Actor | * 05/23/1882 († 76, 04/12/1959) | New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
James Austin Gleason (May 23, 1882 – April 12, 1959) was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter born in New York City. Gleason often portrayed "tough-talking, world-weary guys with a secret heart-of-gold." ()

James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at the Liberty Theater in Oakland, California, which his parents were running. James and his wife then moved to Portland, Oregon, where they played in stock at the Baker Theater. For several years afterward they toured in road shows until James enlisted in the army during World War I. When he returned he appeared on the stage in "The Five Million." He then turned to writing, including "Is Zat So", which he produced for the NY stage. He also wrote and acted in "The Fall Guy" and "The Shannons on Broadway." Next he wrote The Broadway Melody (1929) for MGM. He collaborated, in 1930, on The Swellhead (1930), Dumbbells in Ermine (1930), What a Widow! (1930), Rain or Shine (1930) and His First Command (1929). He and his wife were then contracted to Pathe, Lucille to act, and James (or Jimmie as he was known) as a writer. Probably his most famous acting role was as Max Corkle, the manager of Joe Pendleton who was wrongly plucked from this life into the next, in the hit fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for James Gleason

Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with James Gleason as Actor(119)

as Tom Maloney1958 The Female Animal
as 'Cuke' Gillen1958 The Last Hurrah
as Sheriff Jim Jackson1958 Man or Gun
as Postmaster1958 Once Upon a Horse...
as Doc Simpkins1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby
as Henry Devers1958 Money, Women and Guns
as Hank James1957 Man in the Shadow
as Collie1957 Spring Reunion
as Carl Meade1957 Loving You
as Orval Jones1956 Star in the Dust
as Ether Ferguson1955 The Girl Rush
as Birdie Steptoe1955 The Night of the Hunter
as Peter 'Pop' Benson1954 Suddenly
as Eddie Woods1953 Forever Female
as General Cokely1952 What Price Glory
as Duffy1952 We're Not Married!
as Bert Lynn1952 The Story of Will Rogers
as Fred Townsend1951 I'll See You in My Dreams
as Charley Dolan1951 Come Fill The Cup
as Knobby Walsh1951 Joe Palooka in Triple Cross
as Racing Secretary1950 Riding High
as Harry Summers1950 The Jackpot
as Mickey Corkins1950 The Yellow Cab Man
as Sergeant Hogan1950 Key to the City
as Gillis1949 The Life of Riley
as Captain Gledhill1949 Take One False Step
as Timothy Gleason1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
as Chief1949 Bad Boy
as Uncle Willie Ramsey1948 The Return of October
as Sam Briggs1948 The Dude Goes West
as Sam Corkle1948 Smart Woman
as Doc Kilborne1947 The Homestretch
as Max Corkle1947 Down to Earth
as Pop Mathews1947 Tycoon
as Sylvester1947 The Bishop's Wife
as Captain Hornby1946 The Well Groomed Bride
as Sgt. O'Hare1946 Home Sweet Homicide
as Snarp1946 The Hoodlum Saint
as Sacramento Sam1946 Lady Luck
as Al Henry1945 The Clock
as McGarrity1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
as Jimmy Shannon1945 This Man's Navy
as Tom Clark1945 Captain Eddie
as Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
as Lt. Rooney1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
as Moke McGillicuddy1944 Once Upon a Time
as “Nails” Kilpatrick1943 A Guy Named Joe
as Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell1943 Crash Dive
as Colonel J. A. Barkley1942 Hay Foot
as Tim O'Rourke1942 Manila Calling
as Pat Hawley1942 My Gal Sal
as Bruce McKay1942 Footlight Serenade
as Joe - Mission Aid Society1942 Tales of Manhattan
as Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara1942 A Date with the Falcon
as Inspector Mike O'Hara1942 The Falcon Takes Over
as Max Corkle1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
as Thornton Reed1941 Babes on Broadway
as 'Chet' Phillips1941 Affectionately Yours
as Col. 'Spitfire' Barkley1941 Tanks a Million
as Sgt. Daniels1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough
as Henry Connell1941 Meet John Doe
as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)1941 Breakdowns of 1941
as Joe Higgins1940 Grandpa Goes To Town
as Joe Higgins1939 My Wife's Relatives
as Joe Higgins1939 Should Husbands Work?
as Joe Higgins1939 Money To Burn
as Phil Dolan Sr.1939 On Your Toes
as Hennessy1938 Army Girl
as Joe Higgins1938 The Higgins Family
as Danny The Duck1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
as himself1937 Cinema Circus
as Inspector Oscar Piper1937 Forty Naughty Girls
as Saratoga1936 Yours for the Asking
as Detective Daniels1936 Don't Turn 'em Loose
as Police Insp. Oscar Piper1936 Murder on a Bridle Path
as Inspector Corrigan1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
as Oscar Piper1936 The Plot Thickens
as George Scott1936 The Big Game
as himself1935 Hollywood Hobbies
as Joe 'Bags'1935 West Point of the Air
as Detective Danny Walsh1935 We're Only Human
as Jimmy McGill1935 Hot Tip
as Inspector Oscar Piper1935 Murder on a Honeymoon
as Dan Healy1934 Search for Beauty
as Duke Slater1934 The Meanest Gal in Town
as Hot Dog Vendor1934 Change of Heart
as Inspector Oscar Piper1934 Murder on the Blackboard
as Lefty Williams1933 Clear All Wires!
as "Ratsy" Harris1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
as Jerry1933 Hoopla
as Pin Streaver1932 Lady and Gent
as Arthur Crimmer1932 The Crooked Circle
as Jimmy Gleason1932 Yoo-Hoo
as Pa McClune1932 Blondie of the Follies
as Silk Henley1932 Fast Companions
as Police Inspector Oscar Piper1932 Penguin Pool Murder
as Danny Ruff1932 High Hats and Low Brows
as 'Beef' Evans1932 The Devil Is Driving
as Cool Kelly1931 It's a Wise Child
as Sleepy Jones1931 Sweepstakes
as Fred 'Squint' Dugan1931 The Big Gamble
as Skeets1931 Suicide Fleet
as Eddie1931 A Free Soul
as Jim Mobley1931 Beyond Victory
as Tom1930 Big Money
as James 'Jimmy' Tierney1930 Puttin' on the Ritz
as Johnny Trump1930 The Swellhead
as Steve1930 Her Man
as Gustave Corton1930 The Matrimonial Bed
as Music Publisher (uncredited)1929 The Broadway Melody
as Husband1929 Fairways and Foul
as Dusty1929 Oh, Yeah!
as Paul Gordon1922 Polly of the Follies

TV Shows/Series with James Gleason as Actor(9)

Movies with James Gleason as Crew(19)

Crew/Additional Writing1935 Murder in the Fleet
Directing/Director1935 Hot Tip
Writing/Screenplay1934 Change of Heart
Writing/Screenplay1933 The Bowery
Directing/Director1932 Always Kickin'
Writing/Writer1931 Beyond Victory
Writing/Theatre Play1930 Mammy
Writing/Writer1930 Dumb-bells in Ermine
Writing/Dialogue1930 Puttin' on the Ritz
Writing/Writer1930 The Fall Guy
Writing/Dialogue1930 The Swellhead
Writing/Adaptation1930 What a Widow!
Writing/Screenplay1930 What a Widow!
Writing/Screenplay1929 High Voltage
Writing/Dialogue1929 High Voltage
Writing/Dialogue1929 The Broadway Melody
Writing/Story1929 His First Command
Writing/Screenplay1929 His First Command
Crew/Additional Dialogue1929 The Flying Fool

Full Name: James Gleason
Born: Tuesday, 05/23 1882 (May) in New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Sunday, 04/12 1959 (April) in Woodland Hills (aged: 76)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Spouses (current/former): Lucile Gleason
Children: Russell Gleason
Other names for James Gleason (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"James Austin Gleason"
"Jimmy Gleason"
"Джеймс Глисон"
James Gleason frequently works together with these people:
Cedric Gibbons (10x, Crew)
Zasu Pitts (9x, Actress)
Lucile Gleason (9x, Actress)
Harry Davenport (9x, Actor)
Russell Gleason (9x, Actor)
Bess Flowers (8x, Actress)
Robert Armstrong (8x, Actor)
Thomas Little (8x, Crew)
Alfred Hitchcock (7x, Crew)
Ward Bond (7x, Actor)
Irving Bacon (7x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:52868, Added: 05/17/2018, Last updated: 06/16/2022