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James Gleason

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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May 23, 1882 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Broadway Melody 1929-02-08
Latest Project:
Movie Awaken 2013-04-09
Known For
Poster of Arsenic and Old Lace
Poster of Cinema Circus
Poster of Clear All Wires!
Poster of The Crooked Circle
Movie Awaken Willy 2013-04-09
Movie Stealing Roses Marco 2012-06-01
Movie American Dreamz Journalist 2006-03-04
Movie S1m0ne Reporter 2002-08-23
Movie Shadow of the Blair Witch Jeff Schoene 2000-10-22
Movie Why Do Fools Fall In Love Stage Manager 1998-08-28
Movie Mother Waiter 1996-12-25
Movie Bloodlines: Murder in the Family Controller 1993-03-01
Movie Star The Director 1993-09-20
Movie Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday Agent Abernathy 1993-08-13
Movie My Demon Lover Alert Cop 1987-04-24
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie Rock-a-Bye Baby Doc Simpkins 1958-07-23
Movie Man or Gun Sheriff Jim Jackson 1958-05-30
Movie The Female Animal Tom Maloney 1958-01-22
Movie Once Upon a Horse... Postmaster 1958-09-01
Movie Money, Women and Guns Henry Devers 1958-10-01
Movie The Last Hurrah 'Cuke' Gillen 1958-10-23
Movie Spring Reunion Collie 1957-03-01
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Movie Man in the Shadow Hank James 1957-11-01
Movie Star in the Dust Orval Jones 1956-06-13
Movie The Night of the Hunter Birdie Steptoe 1955-08-26
Movie The Girl Rush Ether Ferguson 1955-09-16
Movie Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year Ed Shafer 1955-12-07
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Suddenly Peter 'Pop' Benson 1954-09-17
Movie Forever Female Eddie Woods 1953-11-28
Movie We're Not Married! Duffy 1952-07-11
Movie The Story of Will Rogers Bert Lynn 1952-07-17
Movie What Price Glory General Cokely 1952-08-22
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Come Fill The Cup Charley Dolan 1951-10-24
Movie I'll See You in My Dreams Fred Townsend 1951-12-05
Movie The Yellow Cab Man Mickey Corkins 1950-03-25
Movie Key to the City Sergeant Hogan 1950-02-02
Movie Riding High Racing Secretary 1950-04-12
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle Knobby Walsh 1950-11-04
Movie The Jackpot Harry Summers 1950-11-01
Movie Bad Boy Chief 1949-02-22
Movie The Life of Riley Gillis 1949-04-16
Movie Take One False Step Captain Gledhill 1949-06-22
Movie Smart Woman Sam Corkle 1948-04-30
Movie The Dude Goes West Sam Briggs 1948-05-30
Movie The Return of October Uncle Willie Ramsey 1948-10-26
Movie When My Baby Smiles at Me 1948-11-10
Movie The Homestretch Doc Kilborne 1947-05-04
Movie Down to Earth Max Corkle 1947-08-21
Movie Tycoon Pop Mathews 1947-12-27
Movie The Bishop's Wife Sylvester 1947-12-25
Movie The Well Groomed Bride Captain Hornby 1946-05-17
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Snarp 1946-04-04
Movie Home Sweet Homicide Sgt. O'Hare 1946-10-02
Movie Lady Luck Sacramento Sam 1946-10-30
Movie This Man's Navy Jimmy Shannon 1945-01-04
Movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn McGarrity 1945-02-28
Movie The Clock Al Henry 1945-05-25
Movie Captain Eddie Tom Clark 1945-06-18
Movie Once Upon a Time Moke McGillicuddy 1944-06-29
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Lt. Rooney 1944-09-01
Movie The Keys of the Kingdom Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske 1944-12-15
Movie Crash Dive Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell 1943-04-22
Movie A Guy Named Joe “Nails” Kilpatrick 1943-12-24
Movie A Date with the Falcon Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara 1942-01-16
Movie Hay Foot Colonel J. A. Barkley 1942-01-02
Movie My Gal Sal Pat Hawley 1942-04-30
Movie The Falcon Takes Over Inspector Mike O'Hara 1942-05-29
Movie Manila Calling Tim O'Rourke 1942-10-16
Movie Tales of Manhattan Joe - Mission Aid Society 1942-08-05
Movie Footlight Serenade Bruce McKay 1942-08-01
Movie Affectionately Yours 'Chet' Phillips 1941-05-10
Movie Meet John Doe Henry Connell 1941-03-14
Movie Tanks a Million Col. 'Spitfire' Barkley 1941-09-12
Movie Here Comes Mr. Jordan Max Corkle 1941-08-07
Movie Nine Lives Are Not Enough Sgt. Daniels 1941-09-20
Movie Babes on Broadway Thornton Reed 1941-12-31
Movie Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie Grandpa Goes To Town Joe Higgins 1940-04-13
Movie Should Husbands Work? Joe Higgins 1939-07-26
Movie My Wife's Relatives Joe Higgins 1939-05-20
Movie On Your Toes Phil Dolan Sr. 1939-10-14
Movie Money To Burn Joe Higgins 1939-12-31
Movie The Higgins Family Joe Higgins 1938-03-28
Movie Army Girl Hennessy 1938-08-11
Movie Cinema Circus Himself 1937-01-27
Movie Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Danny The Duck 1937-11-26
Movie Forty Naughty Girls Inspector Oscar Piper 1937-09-24
Movie The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Inspector Corrigan 1936-05-13
Movie Murder on a Bridle Path Police Insp. Oscar Piper 1936-04-17
Movie Yours for the Asking Saratoga 1936-07-23
Movie Don't Turn 'em Loose Detective Daniels 1936-09-18
Movie The Plot Thickens Oscar Piper 1936-12-11
Movie The Big Game George Scott 1936-10-09
Movie Murder on a Honeymoon Inspector Oscar Piper 1935-02-22
Movie West Point of the Air Joe 'Bags' 1935-03-23
Movie Hot Tip Jimmy McGill 1935-08-20
Movie We're Only Human Detective Danny Walsh 1935-12-27
Movie The Meanest Gal in Town Duke Slater 1934-01-12
Movie Search for Beauty Dan Healy 1934-02-02
Movie Murder on the Blackboard Inspector Oscar Piper 1934-06-14
Movie Change of Heart Hot Dog Vendor 1934-05-18
Movie Clear All Wires! Lefty Williams 1933-02-24
Movie Hoopla Jerry 1933-11-30
Movie Blondie of the Follies Pa McClune 1932-09-01
Movie Lady and Gent Pin Streaver 1932-07-10
Movie High Hats and Low Brows Danny Ruff 1932-07-10
Movie Yoo-Hoo Jimmy Gleason 1932-10-04
Movie The Crooked Circle Arthur Crimmer 1932-09-25
Movie The Penguin Pool Murder Police Inspector Oscar Piper 1932-12-09
Movie The Devil Is Driving 'Beef' Evans 1932-12-09
Movie Beyond Victory Jim Mobley 1931-04-03
Movie A Free Soul Eddie 1931-06-02
Movie It's a Wise Child Cool Kelly 1931-04-10
Movie Sweepstakes Sleepy Jones 1931-07-10
Movie Suicide Fleet Skeets 1931-11-20
Movie The Big Gamble Fred 'Squint' Dugan 1931-09-27
Movie Her Man Steve 1930-01-01
Movie Puttin' on the Ritz James 'Jimmy' Tierney 1930-03-01
Movie Dumb-bells in Ermine Mike 1930-05-10
Movie The Matrimonial Bed Gustave Corton 1930-08-01
Movie The Broadway Melody Music Publisher (uncredited) 1929-02-08
Movie Oh, Yeah! Dusty 1929-10-19
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