Happy Birthday: Jackie Gleason (1916–1987)

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Jackie Gleason (1916–1987).jpgJackie Gleason (1916–1987)

Born: February 26, 1916 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 24, 1987 (age 71) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

I’m no alcoholic. I’m a drunkard. There’s a difference. A drunkard doesn’t like to go to meetings.

The worst thing you can do with money is save it.

[on what inspired him to became a “mood music” legend, via a series of successful albums] Every time I ever watched Clark Gable do a love scene in the movies, I’d hear this really pretty music, real romantic, come up behind him and help set the mood. So I’m figuring that if Gable needs that kinda help, then a guy in Canarsie has gotta be dyin’ for something like this.

I have no use for humility. I am a fellow with an exceptional talent.
Always ended his show with the “The Miami Beach audience is…

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