Jackie Gleason Net Worth

How much is Jackie Gleason worth? $10 Million

How did Jackie Gleason earn his money and wealth?

John Herbert Jackie Gleason was born on 26th February 1916 at Chauncey street in Bedford- Stuyvesant section in Brook and he passed away at the age of  71, on 24th of June 1987 of Colorectal cancer. At birth, he was named Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr., and baptized as John Herbert Gleason. His father Herbert Walton “Herb” Gleason was an Irish-American insurance auditor and his mother was Mae “Maisie” an immigrant from Farranree, Cork, Ireland. He had only one brother  Clement J. who died at an early age of 14 years of meningitis. He did his schooling from Public School 73 in Brooklyn, John Adams High School in Queens; and Bushwick High School in Brooklyn but dropped out of the high school and discontinued his studies at the age of 16 and started performing at the master of ceremonies at a theater for $4 per night. He also worked at a pool hall, as a stunt driver, and as a carnival barker. He went around performing at various theatres like Halsey Theater, Folly theatre and so on.

His mother passed away when he was 19 and he had only 32 cents on his name when his first girlfriend, Julie Dennehy’s family took him in to stay with them but he went to the city to continue doing theatre. He got his first job as a professional comedian in Pennsylvania and he kept doing works in clubs. When he was working in the New York’s club 18, Jack L. Warner saw him there and signed him for a film for $250 a week. By the time he was 24 years old he started appearing in movies and his first one was for  Warner Brothers  in 1941 named  Navy Blues, in which he co-starred with  Ann Sheridan and Martha Raye, his next movie which came in the same year was  “All Through the Night” (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, for Columbia Pictures. The next year in 1942 he worked in  “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” for Twentieth Century-Fox, also played some roles in Orchestra Wives, Larceny, Inc., Springtime in the Rockies in the same year.

Follow the Girls in 1944 was one of his most famous hit of all time. He also worked in Maxie Rosenbloom’s nightclub, who was a former boxer. In 1949 he got television role in “The Life of Riley”, the show was reprised in 1953 for a five-year series. He also hosted “Cavalcade of Stars” in 1950 and was offered  two weeks $750 per week, but when he did not take up the offer it was extended to four weeks and the show was renamed as “The Jackie Gleason Show” and it turned out to become the second highest rated TV show of 1954-1955 season.

He also developed a lot of comic characters like Reginald Van Gleason III, Rudy the Repairman, or the Bartender, The Poor Soul, rumdum, Fenwick Babbitt, and so on.

He also considered music to be his second career and his first album: Music for Lovers Only still holds the record for album longest in the Billboard Top Ten Charts (153 weeks) and all of his first ten albums which were released sold over a million copies each. He played a lead role in  “Take Me Along” (1959–60) and was honored with Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.He also worked in movies The Toy (1982), The Sting II (1983), Nothing in Common (1986)

Which are the highest grossing movies of Jackie Gleason?

  • The Hustler (1961)
  • Gigot (1962)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  • Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956)
  • Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)

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