He will forever be associated with the classic television show "The Honeymooners," but Jackie Gleason also lit up the Broadway stage as well.
The Brooklyn-born comedian-actor made his legit debut in the 1943 revue Artists and Models and later starred in Follow the Girls (1944) and Along Fifth Avenue (1949), but it was for his performance in Take Me Along (1959) for which the actor received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
On Sunday, Oct. 13 CBS-TV will present a film about the late actor, simply titled "Gleason." Brad Garrett, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Everybody Loves Raymond" will star in the title role, and he will be joined by Terry Farrell (Marilyn Gleason), Kristen Dalton (Audrey Meadows/Alice), Michael Chieffo (Art Carney/Ed) and Johanna Nutter (Joyce Randolph, Trixie). Jake Brockman plays Gleason as a young boy whose father (Jack Langedijk) was a drunkard that abused his mother (Paula Jean Hixson).
Written by Rick Podell and Michael Preminger and directed by Howard Deutch, "Gleason" airs at 9 PM ET on CBS. Check local listings.
—By Andrew Gans