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Jackie Gleason on Whats My Line Jackie Gleason was the mystery challenger on the March 8, 1953 edition of What's My Line. Amazingly, he has the panel stumped for quite a long time. I guess he wasn't yet the showbiz legend in 1953 that he later became.
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Added: 21st February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-02-22 
- He designed his own fantastic round house that was built in Peekskill, New York, in the 1950's and remains a modern marvel to this day. The wood interior took special crafting by Swedish carpenters who were brought to the U.S. for a year to work on the house. It contained a basement disco and one of the very first in-home video projection systems. Despite the enormous cost, the Gleason dream house long suffered from a leaky wooden roof.

- He was the grandfather of actor Jason Patric.

- Buried in Miami, his grave site is all that you would expect. Engraved in the 'riser' of the second step from the top is the classic, 'AND AWAY WE GO!'

- The set of 'The Honeymooners' show was based on Jackie's childhood home on Chauncey Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant (originally Bushwick) area of Brooklyn. The apartment building is still there and looks very much the same as in Jackie's time.

- There were plans to reunite him with Art Carney for Steven Spielberg's '1941'. They were to play two men who would be stationed on top of a Ferris Wheel. However, Gleason's representatives informed the producers that he would not perform with Carney.
(I wonder what was up with that?)

- Jackie was a mentor and frequent drinking buddy of Frank Sinatra. It was Gleason who first introduced Sinatra to Jack Daniels Whiskey, which became Sinatra's signature drink.

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-22 
Jackie Gleason's extravagant gravesite is something to behold. Who says you can't take it with you?

I find it hard to believe that Jackie wouldn't want to work with Art Carney. Whenever they appeared in public they got along splendidly--so it seemed. The Jackie Gleason interviews I've seen always had Jackie praising Art's fine work.
Posted by: Mr.Nostalgia on 2008-02-28 

Gleason and Carney were reunited one

more time for the CBS TV movie drama:Izzy Moe!

in 1985.

After this final tv appearance..Jackie Art would

never see or work together again.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-04 
This episode of What's My Line marked Steve Allen's debut as a regular panelist. Allen had been a temporary replacement for the absent Bennett Cerf in early 1953. When Cerf came back, WML's braintrust decided to keep the classy and witty Allen as a regular panelist and ditch the lesser-refined Hal Block.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-06-08 
When the WML poobahs were putting together a retrospective show in 1975 for WML's 25th anniversary, they needed signed letters of consent from all the living mystery guests whose clips they wanted to use. Jackie Gleason was one of a handful who refused outright. Why? Who knows? Maybe he was embarrassed that he wasn't identified quickly.
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