Shop by the Stars aisle featuring James Gleason (1882-1959) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in New York to a show biz family, Gleason is said to have made his stage debut at the age of two months. Served in both the Spanish-American War and World War I, and in between acted on both coasts and married the actress Lucile Webster—their son Russell Gleason also became a film actor. Gleason organized the Milwaukee Stock Company and wrote a couple of plays which he took to New York: Is Zat So?, which he also appeared in, and The Fall Guy, led to Gleason's unlikely rise to prominence on Broadway in 1925. He had made his movie debut in Polly of the Follies (1922), but film fame didn't come calling until you could hear him cracking wise in his New York flavored tones. Gleason also continued writing for films from 1929 through the '30s, but he captured fans hearts on the screen as an always popular character actor until the time of his death. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). Other popular titles where Gleason springs to your attention in include Penguin Pool Murder (1932) and all five of its sequels, Meet John Doe (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Bishop's Wife (1947), The Night of the Hunter (1955), and reunited with several old buddies in John Ford's The Last Hurrah (1958).
Birthday: May 23