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By Christina Stoehr | July 19, 1992
JTC THE GREAT ONE: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF JACKIE GLEASON.William Henry III.Doubleday.321 pages. $22.50. When Jackie Gleason died on June 24, 1987, the TV networks scrambled to put together late-night video obituaries of his work and life. They came up with a lot of TV and movie clips but few people to speak fondly of him."The Great One: The Life and Legend of Jackie Gleason" reveals why. Gleason had to be one of the most reviled stars ever -- and with good reason, according to biographer William Henry III.Gleason was a mean-spirited drunk; a petty, insecure man who typically spent a half-hour on Christmas Day with his wife and daughters before going off to party with drinking companions; a drinker who thought it was hilarious to throw up on people; a man who once paid a woman to copulate with a snake; and someone who routinely short-changed, emotionally and financially, the people who were closest to him.While Gleason's public image was that of a comic genius who liked the good life and indulged in it, in Mr. Henry's telling Gleason never gave credit and in fact showed disdain to the real creators of much of his work -- including his signature character, Ralph Kramden of "The Honeymooners."
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By Dennis McLellan and Dennis McLellan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 12, 2003
Art Carney, who won an Oscar for Harry and Tonto and originated the role of fussy Felix Unger in The Odd Couple on Broadway, but who is best remembered as Jackie Gleason's sewer-worker pal Ed Norton on The Honeymooners, has died. He was 85. Carney, a versatile stage, screen and television actor, died Sunday after a long illness; his family would not specify the illness. Carney died in Chester, Conn., and was buried yesterday after a small, private funeral. Carney won his Academy Award for best actor in the 1974 film playing Harry, a retired teacher who sets off on a cross-country journey with Tonto, his cat, after his New York apartment building is torn down.
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By New York Times News Service | March 17, 1993
When television viewers on Oct. 5, 1951, tuned into Jackie Gleason's "Cavalcade of Stars," they expected to see such popular Gleason characters as Joe the Bartender, the Poor Soul, Reggie van Gleason. But this program delivered a surprise."You know, friends, that great institution, the honeymoon, is the time when the ship of life is launched on the sea of matrimony," said the show's announcer, Don Russell. "Well, tonight Jackie Gleason introduces two brand-new characters, Ralph and Alice Kramden -- the Honeymooners -- whose boat has sprung a leak."
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By Mike Duffy and Mike Duffy,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | September 18, 2002
Old school, new cool. That's what Cedric the Entertainer hopes to bring to Cedric the Entertainer Presents, his new comedy-variety half-hour series premiering tonight at 8:30 on Fox. A little song, a little dance and lots of laughs. "We're mixing in that throwback energy, that Carol Burnett, Jackie Gleason and Flip Wilson kind of thing," says the genial, deep-voiced comic who has spent the past six years as a sitcom supporting player on WB's The Steve Harvey Show. Cedric, a St. Louis-born funnyman whose given surname is Kyles, has also carved a higher profile over the past few years with The Original Kings of Comedy concert tour and follow-up Spike Lee film that also featured Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. He's also co-starring in the film Barbershop, last weekend's box-office champ.
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By Mike Duffy and Mike Duffy,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | September 18, 2002
Old school, new cool. That's what Cedric the Entertainer hopes to bring to Cedric the Entertainer Presents, his new comedy-variety half-hour series premiering tonight at 8:30 on Fox. A little song, a little dance and lots of laughs. "We're mixing in that throwback energy, that Carol Burnett, Jackie Gleason and Flip Wilson kind of thing," says the genial, deep-voiced comic who has spent the past six years as a sitcom supporting player on WB's The Steve Harvey Show. Cedric, a St. Louis-born funnyman whose given surname is Kyles, has also carved a higher profile over the past few years with The Original Kings of Comedy concert tour and follow-up Spike Lee film that also featured Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. He's also co-starring in the film Barbershop, last weekend's box-office champ.
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By Dennis McLellan and Dennis McLellan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 12, 2003
Art Carney, who won an Oscar for Harry and Tonto and originated the role of fussy Felix Unger in The Odd Couple on Broadway, but who is best remembered as Jackie Gleason's sewer-worker pal Ed Norton on The Honeymooners, has died. He was 85. Carney, a versatile stage, screen and television actor, died Sunday after a long illness; his family would not specify the illness. Carney died in Chester, Conn., and was buried yesterday after a small, private funeral. Carney won his Academy Award for best actor in the 1974 film playing Harry, a retired teacher who sets off on a cross-country journey with Tonto, his cat, after his New York apartment building is torn down.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 2, 1994
What's on? Not much.* "Jacqui's Dilemma." (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Melissa Thompson portrays the title character, who sits on her bed and talks directly to the camera, just like on Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains It All." Except that in the non-threatening TV world of Nickelodeon, Clarissa isn't pregnant. On this "ABC Afterschool Special," moved to prime-time for maximum exposure, Jacqui is. "What would you do?" this program asks at the start. Remarks by real teens punctuate the fictional narrative; other views come from popular music, counselors, parents, doctors, religious advisers, and so on. ABC.* "Fall From Grace."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2000
Nearly a half-century after its television debut, "The Honeymooners" is enjoying a weeklong tribute this week on cable's TV Land. Certainly few sitcoms are more revered than "The Honeymooners," which began in 1951 as a sketch on the Dumont network's "Cavalcade of Stars," became an integral part of Jackie Gleason's weekly variety show the next year, aired as its own sitcom from 1955 to 1956 (the episodes now collectively known as the "Classic 39")...
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March 17, 1991
Loch Humphreys dies; officer probed swindlesLoch W. Humphreys Jr., who investigated flimflam artists and escorted celebrities ranging from actors to presidents during a colorful 28-year career as a Baltimore police officer, died of cancer Friday at his Towson home. He was 78.Services for the retired police captain will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville.Captain Humphreys was the son of the lighthouse keeper and was born in the Piney Point lighthouse in St. Mary's County.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1997
The lights are going down on many of the stages of East Baltimore Street.At least a third -- and possibly as many as half -- of the 19 clubs that make up The Block will be prohibited from presenting strip acts for days and even weeks this summer for breaking city law.After years of virtually ignoring enforcement, the city has begun one of the most sweeping crackdowns in the history of The Block, downtown Baltimore's deteriorated but resilient stretch of...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2000
Nearly a half-century after its television debut, "The Honeymooners" is enjoying a weeklong tribute this week on cable's TV Land. Certainly few sitcoms are more revered than "The Honeymooners," which began in 1951 as a sketch on the Dumont network's "Cavalcade of Stars," became an integral part of Jackie Gleason's weekly variety show the next year, aired as its own sitcom from 1955 to 1956 (the episodes now collectively known as the "Classic 39")...
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1997
The lights are going down on many of the stages of East Baltimore Street.At least a third -- and possibly as many as half -- of the 19 clubs that make up The Block will be prohibited from presenting strip acts for days and even weeks this summer for breaking city law.After years of virtually ignoring enforcement, the city has begun one of the most sweeping crackdowns in the history of The Block, downtown Baltimore's deteriorated but resilient stretch of...
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 2, 1994
What's on? Not much.* "Jacqui's Dilemma." (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Melissa Thompson portrays the title character, who sits on her bed and talks directly to the camera, just like on Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains It All." Except that in the non-threatening TV world of Nickelodeon, Clarissa isn't pregnant. On this "ABC Afterschool Special," moved to prime-time for maximum exposure, Jacqui is. "What would you do?" this program asks at the start. Remarks by real teens punctuate the fictional narrative; other views come from popular music, counselors, parents, doctors, religious advisers, and so on. ABC.* "Fall From Grace."
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | January 27, 1994
It's one of those good news/bad news situations: You've been offered the best job in your field. But everyone knows you're the second choice for it.That's William J. Perry's position, having been nominated as Secretary of Defense only after President Clinton's first choice, Bobby Ray Inman, bailed out. (And, reportedly, after Sam Nunn and Colin Powell also said no.)It's happened, no doubt, to most of us -- not for a high government position, perhaps, but for something like prom (her first pick said no; she then asked you)
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By New York Times News Service | March 17, 1993
When television viewers on Oct. 5, 1951, tuned into Jackie Gleason's "Cavalcade of Stars," they expected to see such popular Gleason characters as Joe the Bartender, the Poor Soul, Reggie van Gleason. But this program delivered a surprise."You know, friends, that great institution, the honeymoon, is the time when the ship of life is launched on the sea of matrimony," said the show's announcer, Don Russell. "Well, tonight Jackie Gleason introduces two brand-new characters, Ralph and Alice Kramden -- the Honeymooners -- whose boat has sprung a leak."
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By Christina Stoehr | July 19, 1992
JTC THE GREAT ONE: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF JACKIE GLEASON.William Henry III.Doubleday.321 pages. $22.50. When Jackie Gleason died on June 24, 1987, the TV networks scrambled to put together late-night video obituaries of his work and life. They came up with a lot of TV and movie clips but few people to speak fondly of him."The Great One: The Life and Legend of Jackie Gleason" reveals why. Gleason had to be one of the most reviled stars ever -- and with good reason, according to biographer William Henry III.Gleason was a mean-spirited drunk; a petty, insecure man who typically spent a half-hour on Christmas Day with his wife and daughters before going off to party with drinking companions; a drinker who thought it was hilarious to throw up on people; a man who once paid a woman to copulate with a snake; and someone who routinely short-changed, emotionally and financially, the people who were closest to him.While Gleason's public image was that of a comic genius who liked the good life and indulged in it, in Mr. Henry's telling Gleason never gave credit and in fact showed disdain to the real creators of much of his work -- including his signature character, Ralph Kramden of "The Honeymooners."
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | January 27, 1994
It's one of those good news/bad news situations: You've been offered the best job in your field. But everyone knows you're the second choice for it.That's William J. Perry's position, having been nominated as Secretary of Defense only after President Clinton's first choice, Bobby Ray Inman, bailed out. (And, reportedly, after Sam Nunn and Colin Powell also said no.)It's happened, no doubt, to most of us -- not for a high government position, perhaps, but for something like prom (her first pick said no; she then asked you)
NEWS
September 16, 1999
Harry Crane, 85, co-creator of Jackie Gleason's classic 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners" and comedy writer for Red Skelton, the Marx Brothers, Bing Crosby and others, died in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday of cancer.
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March 17, 1991
Loch Humphreys dies; officer probed swindlesLoch W. Humphreys Jr., who investigated flimflam artists and escorted celebrities ranging from actors to presidents during a colorful 28-year career as a Baltimore police officer, died of cancer Friday at his Towson home. He was 78.Services for the retired police captain will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville.Captain Humphreys was the son of the lighthouse keeper and was born in the Piney Point lighthouse in St. Mary's County.
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