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Sid Beckerman

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The son of influential klezmer clarinet player Sholymke Beckerman, Sid Beckerman is constantly on the expand on his father’s musical legacy. A instructor at Klez Kamp, a Yiddish folk arts system in the Catskill Mountains for greater than a 10 years and an exclusive instructor because the early ’90s, Beckerman offers shared his understanding with ratings of enthusiastic college students, like the Klezmatics founding member Margot Leverett. As an associate of Klezmer Plus!, Beckerman is constantly on the reinterpret his father’s repertoire with saxophonist Howie Leess, keyboardist Pete Sokolow, tenor banjo participant Henry Sapoznik, and drummer Michael Spielzinger. A indigenous of New York’s South Bronx, Beckerman started his musical profession at age 14. Aside from a limited period during Globe Battle II, when he offered like a radio operator in america Army, he backed himself like a full-time musician before middle-’50s when he approved a job like a postoffice clerk. Maintaining a minimal profile like a musician for pretty much three decades, aside from occasional wedding ceremonies and pub mitzvahs, Beckerman effectively launched a return after retiring from your postoffice in 1984. Teaching in the 1st Klez Kamp in 1985, he continues to be among the program’s best-respected educators. Beckerman was inducted in to the People’s Hall of Popularity in Feb 1994.

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Full Name Sidney Beckerman
Died 2007


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1 Made his Broadway debut in 1947 as the replacement for Jules Munshin in the musical revue "Call Me Mister," and continued to perform on stage. That included a stint replacing Phil Silvers during the 1951-52 Broadway run of the musical comedy "Top Banana" and appearing in the 1956-57 Broadway musical comedy "Mr. Wonderful," starring Sammy Davis Jr. Over the years he also appeared in regional productions of "Guys and Dolls," "Sugar" and "Mr Wonderful," as well as playing Fagin in a touring company production of "Oliver." It was as a stand-up comedian, though, that Carter was best known. In his 1981 book "Funny People," comedian Steve Allen wrote that Carter "possesses a wildly inventive creativity, whether on-or-off stage." Whether it was a shouted insult, a woman with an unusual dress or a slow response by a lighting technician, Allen wrote, "Jack Carter can take it, add a whiff of magic dust to it, and make audiences roar with laughter." The vast majority of comedians are thrown by the unexpected, Allen added, but "Carter makes capital of the unexpected, particularly if it seems to put him at a disadvantage. He is magnificent grouser, a brilliant complainer, a wizard of 'Why me?'" The grousing extended off stage as well. "Had I done a one-man show I'd have maintained my greatness," Carter complained in a 1992 interview with the "Los Angeles Times". "I can sing and dance--everything. But they only see you as brash." No one, he said, "is more bitter than I am. I get it before I even show up. 'He's not an actor' or 'He's vicious.' 'Cheap' is the big one. When they wanna get you they say, 'He's got the first dollar he ever made.'" Later in the same interview, Carter groused, "In the past 10 years I've neglected my life. I should have gotten out of [show business] long ago. I appreciate success, but I'm not built to play the game. My wife tells me, 'You're so angry! You're like an animal".
2 In show business circles, the gruff-voiced Carter was known as a comedian's comedian. He had an aggressive, keep-them-laughing stage persona that seemed not to diminish with age. During television's pioneer days in the late 1940s, Carter--the brash stand-up comic who was considered one of America's "rising young comedians"--became a familiar face on TV variety shows into the '50s and '60s. While touring in the comedy showcase "Legends of the Catskills" with fellow comics Freddie Roman and Gabe Kaplan in 2000, Carter warmed up the crowd by belting out "Just In Time." Then he launched into a series of celebrity impersonations and riffs on such topics as competitive Jewish mothers and dealing with old age ("I told her to act her age, so she died"). In the 1986 book "The Stars of Stand-up Comedy: A Biographical Encyclopedia," author Ronald Lande Smith described the versatile Carter's style as "slick, fast, and furious." "A single gag is boosted by mimicry and emphasized with one of a dozen facial or physical takes . . . The style came from burlesque and marched to Vegas to a rim shot drum beat," Smith wrote. Carter's routine was snappy, irreverent and often veered into sexism. "Eighty percent of the money is spent by women," Carter observed on stage in the 1950s. "The other 20% is spent by men--on women!" "If you like to spend your vacation in out-of-the-way places where few people go, let your wife read the map," he said in the 1970s. "Canada ran out of silicone and the girls up there are using Hamburger Helper," he said in the 1980s. No matter what the joke, Smith wrote, "Carter can sell it with all the skill and savvy of a pro boxer making the most of every jab." During his long career, however, Carter was more than just a stand-up comic. As an actor, he had small parts in several dozen (mostly forgettable) movies. But he fared better with guest spots on television series including Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Caroline in the City (1995).
3 Born Jack Chakrin in New York City on June 24, 1922, Carter grew up in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach, where he developed a flair for impressions and twice appeared on the radio show "Mister Bowes' Amateur Hour," which he won both times. He attended Brooklyn College and Feagin School of Dramatic Art. He served in the US Army Air Forces entertainment division during World War II and later worked briefly as a commercial artist for advertising agencies. He was acting at the Mill Pond Playhouse on New York's Long Island when he began doing stand-up to support himself. His budding career as a comedian coincided with the rise of the fledgling new medium of television, then centered in New York City. He was one of the original rotating hosts of the Texaco Star Theatre (1948) on NBC in the summer of 1948 before Milton Berle took over as permanent host that September. The following year Carter turned up on ABC as the host of specials, including "Jack Carter and Company (1949)_ and American Minstrels of 1949 (1949). He next hosted the Cavalcade of Stars (1949) comedy-variety show on the DuMont network and "The Jack Carter Show", a variety hour on NBC, from 1950-51. Although Carter appeared frequently on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and The Hollywood Palace (1964) as well as other popular variety programs hosted by such stars as Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, Joey Bishop, Johnny Carson, Dinah Shore, Milton Berle, Phyllis Diller, etc., over the next two decades, the top echelon of stardom eluded him. "I'm one of the last entertainers who really works when he's on. I work to win the audience, but maybe I'm wrong," he told the "Los Angeles Times" in 1963. "I see these other guys and they just recite [their acts]. The less you do, the less you offend, of course, and that's what they want on TV. You can phone in your routine." Carter continued performing his comedy act in clubs until 2009 when he and Toni Murray, widow of comic Jan Murray, were hit by a car in Hollywood. Toni Murray died of her injuries two months later. Despite having to rely on a cane and a walker, Carter continued to act occasionally.
4 A topnotch Las Vegas comedian known for his fast, irreverent and funny patter, he was once praised by the late great Fred Allen as "one of the outstanding comedians of the century."
5 Attended New Utrecht High School and served in the entertainment division of the Army Air Corps during WWII.
6 Appeared on Broadway in "Call Me Mister," "Top Banana" and "Mr. Wonderful."
7 He died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, CA.
8 He had two children with his first wife, Joan: son, Chase, and daughter, Wendy. He also had a son, Michael David, with his second wife, Paula.
9 He was given a shot at hosting "The Texaco Star Theater" in the summer of 1948. Although it's known today as Texaco Star Theatre (1948), NBC decided to test emcees throughout that summer. Jack rotated with Henny Youngman, Georgie Price, Harry Richman, Morey Amsterdam, and Peter Donald. After audience testing, Berle landed the permanent title in September, 1948 and the rest is history.
10 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 97-98. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
11 Hosted the very first televised Tony awards.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Huckleberry Haines
Studio One in Hollywood 1954 TV Series
Tales of Tomorrow 1951 TV Series Vic Russo
All Star Revue 1951 TV Series Guest Comedian
American Minstrels of 1949 1949 TV Series Emcee
Mercy 2014/I Mr. Bello
Shameless 2012-2014 TV Series Stan
Go On 2013 TV Series Sarge
Rules of Engagement 2013 TV Series Herman
New Girl 2012 TV Series Burt
Family Guy 2011 TV Series
Let Go 2011/I Frosty
iCarly 2010 TV Series Gilbert Gibson
Parks and Recreation 2009 TV Series Gus
Ruby & the Rockits 2009 TV Series Coach Rickman
Raising the Bar 2009 TV Series Davey Rose
Desperate Housewives 2009 TV Series Mr. Fishman
Monk 2008 TV Series Joseph Moody
The Great Buck Howard 2008 Jack Carter
Cougar Club 2007 Party Guest - Stan's Friend
ER 2005-2006 TV Series Kipke / Mickey Goldstein
Phil of the Future 2005 TV Series Older Nathan
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 TV Series Man at Bus Stop
Justice League 2004 TV Series Sid
One Last Ride 2004 Sid
Just Shoot Me! 2003 TV Series Buddy Rivers
Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2003 TV Series Mickey
King of the Hill 2001-2002 TV Series Irwin Linker
Static Shock 2002 TV Series Frieda's Grandfather
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy 2001 Video Game Uncle (voice)
Arli$$ 2001 TV Series
Driving Me Crazy 2000 TV Movie Mr. Rapowski
One World 2000 TV Series Barnacle Bob
Hollywood Off-Ramp 2000 TV Series
Play It to the Bone 1999 Dante Solomon
7th Heaven 1999 TV Series Rudy Steineger
Lands of Lore III 1999 Video Game Barnabus / Old Male Captive / Young Male Captive (voice)
3rd Rock from the Sun 1999 TV Series Uncle Abe
L.A. Doctors 1999 TV Series
The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1998 Young Guy
Hercules 1998 TV Series Tiresias
October 22 1998 Pawnbroker
Pastry, Pain and Politics 1998 Short Mr. Weintraub
Touched by an Angel 1998 TV Series Jack Carter
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 1998 TV Series Tony
Diagnosis Murder 1998 TV Series Gordon Gonza
L.A. Heat 1997 TV Series Oliver King
Superman 1997 TV Series Harry
Always Say Goodbye 1997 Jerry Feldman
Killer per caso 1997 Honda Civic driver
Living Single 1996 TV Series Ray Kellum
Something So Right 1996 TV Series Tony
Saved by the Bell: The New Class 1996 TV Series Larry Madison
Coach 1996 TV Series Old Man
Baywatch 1996 TV Series Sonny
Kirk 1995 TV Series Mr. Burns
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1995 TV Series Checky Borscht
Prima Donnas 1995 Sen. Robertson
The Ren & Stimpy Show 1993-1995 TV Series Wilbur J. Cobb / Wilbur Cobb / Old Geezer
The Watcher 1995 TV Series
Time Trax 1994 TV Series Joey Miller
Burke's Law 1994 TV Series
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 TV Series Murray Brown
Double Deception 1993 TV Movie Matty
Dream On 1993 TV Series Witness
The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them 1992 Rabbi
Broadway Bound 1992 TV Movie Chubby Waters
In the Heat of Passion 1992 Stan
They Came from Outer Space 1991 TV Series Telly Martin
Sexpot 1990 Cal Farnsworth
Caged Fury 1990 Mr. Castaglia
Cyber-C.H.I.C. 1990 Dr. Burburagmus
Satan's Princess 1989 Old Priest
Deadly Embrace 1989 Video Evan Weiss
Arena 1989 Announcer
Tales from the Darkside 1988 TV Series Klaatzu
Red Nights 1988 Video Uncle Solly
Murder, She Wrote 1985-1988 TV Series Harry Finlay / Cliff Carpenter
Santa Barbara 1985-1988 TV Series Glenn Wallace / Judge
Death Blow: A Cry for Justice 1987 Frank Bower
Amazing Stories 1987 TV Series John Bluthener
The New Mike Hammer 1986 TV Series Dennis Rork
The Trouble with Dick 1986 Samsa
Fame 1985 TV Series Stanley Beckerman
Growing Pains 1985 TV Series Announcer
Cover Up 1985 TV Series Sonny Rando
1st & Ten: The Championship 1985 TV Series Banquet Emcee
Love Scenes 1984 Sidney
Hambone and Hillie 1983 Lester Burns
The Funny Farm 1983 Philly Beekman
Gimme a Break! 1982 TV Series Customer / Corelli
Darkroom 1982 TV Series Bert
ABC Weekend Specials 1982 TV Series Harold / Roy
Heartbeeps 1981 Catskil (voice)
History of the World: Part I 1981 Rat Vendor - The French Revolution
Separate Ways 1981 Barney Brodsky
Fantasy Island 1978-1981 TV Series Vic Fletcher / Morgan Townsend / Stan Burns / ...
B.J. and the Bear 1981 TV Series Jack Walton
The Littlest Hobo 1981 TV Series Joey Jackson
For the Love of It 1980 TV Movie Existentialist
The Octagon 1980 Sharkey
Alligator 1980 Mayor
The Hustler of Muscle Beach 1980 TV Movie Mancusco
The Gossip Columnist 1980 TV Movie
Beyond Westworld 1980 TV Series Charles Vicent
Archie Bunker's Place 1979 TV Series Louie the Loan Shark
Big Shamus, Little Shamus 1979 TV Series Crawford
The Glove 1979 Walter Stratton
Carter Country 1979 TV Series Captain
Flying High 1978 TV Series
Rainbow 1978 TV Movie George Jessel
Human Feelings 1978 TV Movie Robin Dennis
CHiPs 1978 TV Series Salesman
The Love Boat 1978 TV Series Ray Foster
Record City 1978 Manny
Switch 1978 TV Series Raymond Brodski
Have I Got a Christmas for You 1977 TV Movie Sydney Wineberg
The Last Hurrah 1977 TV Movie Sam Weinberg
Insight 1975-1977 TV Series Johnny Banks / Bobby Truman
The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington 1977 Senator Caruso
Kingston: Confidential 1977 TV Series Collin Armer
The Rockford Files 1977 TV Series Marty Golden
Sanford and Son 1977 TV Series Marvin
Gibbsville 1977 TV Series
The Amazing Dobermans 1976 Solly Kramer
The Great Houdini 1976 TV Movie Theo Weiss
Emergency! 1973-1976 TV Series Game Announcer / Sy Kleiner
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976 Male Journalist
Hustle 1975 Herbie Dalitz
Cannon 1975 TV Series Hogan
Ellery Queen 1975 TV Series Risky Ross Joey Flanders
Big Eddie 1975 TV Series Jackie
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1975 TV Series Jackie Leroy
The Odd Couple 1975 TV Series Joey Birney
The Sex Symbol 1974 TV Movie Manny Fox
Police Story 1973 TV Series Artie Panzer
Hawaii Five-O 1973 TV Series Harry Foxton
Poor Devil 1973 TV Movie
The Bob Hope Show 1973 TV Series Charlie Chan
Bridget Loves Bernie 1973 TV Series Salesman
Love, American Style 1969-1973 TV Series Wes (segment "Love and the Cryptic Gift") / Harry (segment "Love and the Bachelor Party") / Morey Fields (segment "Love and the Comedy Team")
McMillan & Wife 1972 TV Series Montgomery / Cunningham
The Family Rico 1972 TV Movie McGee
Cade's County 1972 TV Series Bennie Mitchell
The Partners 1972 TV Series Goody Goodson
Young Dr. Kildare 1972 TV Series Marty Arnold
McCloud 1971 TV Series Frank Gordon
The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler 1971 Dwight Chiles
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 1971 TV Series
Medical Center 1971 TV Series Pete Olsen
Mannix 1970 TV Series Harry O'Toole
The Name of the Game 1968-1970 TV Series Bill Crail / Ernie Cori
Julia 1969 TV Series C.C. Calhoun
The Lonely Profession 1969 TV Movie Freddie Farber
The Wild Wild West 1969 TV Series Alan Thorpe
The Extraordinary Seaman 1969 Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole
I Dream of Jeannie 1968 TV Series James Ashley
The Danny Thomas Hour 1967 TV Series Beau Rees
The Lucy Show 1967 TV Series Lucy's lawyer
Spotlight 1967 TV Series
The Road West 1967 TV Series Tallyl
Batman 1966 TV Series Hot Rod Harry
Ben Casey 1966 TV Series Fred Blaney
Mister Roberts 1966 TV Series
Combat! 1965 TV Series Murphy
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1964 TV Series Neil Schenk
Viva Las Vegas 1964 Casino Performer (uncredited)
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series Red Dekker
Ensign O'Toole 1963 TV Series Steve Turner
Dr. Kildare 1962-1963 TV Series Willie Guy / Ted Galahad
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1963 TV Series Ernie Evans
Make Room for Daddy 1962 TV Series Jack Carter
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1962 TV Series Stanley Towers
The Horizontal Lieutenant 1962 Lt. Billy Monk
Hennesey 1962 TV Series John Norton Jones
The Roaring 20's 1962 TV Series Newspaper Columnist
Diagnosis: Unknown 1960 TV Series
It Happened to Jane 1959 Stenographer (uncredited)
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Lucy 1971 TV Series 2 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Judy Garland Show 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy 1962 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heartbeeps 1981 additional material: Catskil

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When Jews Were Funny 2013 Documentary Himself
Underground Entertainment: The Movie 2011 Documentary Jack
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 2007 Documentary Himself
Now That's Funny! The Living Legends of Stand-up Comedy 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Let Me In, I Hear Laughter 2000 Documentary Himself
Stark Raving Mad 2000 TV Series Himself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey 1998 TV Movie Himself
Make Me Laugh 1997 TV Series Himself
Caroline in the City 1996 TV Series Himself
American Experience 1996 TV Series documentary Himself, Macbeth
Cybill 1995 TV Series Himself
Blossom 1992 TV Series Himself
Empty Nest 1992 TV Series Himself
The 19th Annual Rudolph Valentino Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
Search for Haunted Hollywood 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself - Witness
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 TV Special Mr. Leeds
Super Password 1987 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business 1983 TV Movie Himself
Tattletales 1982 TV Series Himself
The 34th Annual Directors Guild Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1980 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Dance Fever 1979 TV Series Himself
Over Easy 1979 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns 1978 TV Special Himself
The People's Command Performance 1978 TV Special Himself
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1967-1977 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Ted Knight 1977 TV Special Himself
Liar's Club 1976 TV Series Himself
Break the Bank 1976 TV Series Himself
Tattletales 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
Joys 1976 TV Special Himself
Friars Club Tribute to Gene Kelly 1976 TV Movie Himself - Speaker
Celebrity Bowling 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Rhyme and Reason 1975 TV Series Himself
Blankety Blanks 1975 TV Series Himself
Match Game 73 1973-1974 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Dean Martin Show 1965-1974 TV Series Himself
The $10,000 Pyramid 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
The Joker's Wild 1974 TV Series Himself
NBC Follies 1973 TV Series Himself
RCA's Opening Night 1973 TV Movie Himself
This Is Your Life 1972-1973 TV Series Himself
The Vin Scully Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1972 TV Series Himself - Center Square / Himself - Panelist
The David Frost Show 1969-1972 TV Series Himself
Mantrap 1971 TV Series Himself
Can You Top This 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About? 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1971 TV Series Himself
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Himself
The Movie Game 1969-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
It Takes Two 1970 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
Della 1970 TV Series Himself
The Barbara McNair Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1966-1969 TV Series Himself
Personality 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
You're Putting Me On 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968-1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
Playboy After Dark 1969 TV Series Himself
The Don Rickles Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Alan King Show 1969 TV Movie Himself - Comedian
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1969 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself / Himself - Audience Bow / ...
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1968 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Singer
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Himself
Funny You Should Ask 1968 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Linkletter Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Chain Letter 1966 TV Series Himself
P.D.Q. 1966 TV Series Himself
Hippodrome 1966 TV Series Himself - Host (show 1)
The Joey Bishop Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The Judy Garland Show 1963 TV Series Himself
Talent Scouts 1962-1963 TV Series Himself
Password All-Stars 1962-1963 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Comedian
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1961-1962 TV Series Himself
Main Event 1961 TV Movie Himself - Guest
The Revlon Revue 1960 TV Series Himself
The Big Party 1959 TV Series Himself
The Bob Crosby Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1958 TV Series Himself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1958 TV Series Himself
The Polly Bergen Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1958 TV Series documentary Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957-1958 TV Series Himself / Guest
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Murray Party 1957 TV Series Himself
The Walter Winchell Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Atlantic City Holiday 1956 TV Movie Himself
The 10th Annual Tony Awards 1956 TV Special Himself - Host
Stage Show 1954-1956 TV Series Himself - Emcee / Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954-1955 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Blue Angel 1954 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1954 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The Saturday Night Revue 1953 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1948-1953 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Host / Himself - Guest Host
This Is Show Business 1952 TV Series Himself
The Kate Smith Evening Hour 1951 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Revue 1950 TV Series Himself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1950 TV Series Himself - Host
Cavalcade of Stars 1949-1950 TV Series Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Best of Gleason 2 1988 TV Movie Himself
The Great Standups 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lionpower from MGM 1967 Short Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1966 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1975 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Special The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)

TitleSalary
Cavalcade of Stars (1949) $750 /week

#Quote
1 [on Perry Como] I did Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948) and Perry turned on me. He didn't like the song I was doing. It was an Irish-themed show and I sang that line, "I'm the only Italian in MacNamara's Band." He thought I wrote that and told me it was in bad taste . . . Como never used me again. I couldn't believe it. What a moron! He thought I had put that in there to make fun of Italians! That's the way it went down and I never did the Como show again.
2 [on Woody Allen] We did a talk show, a panel together, and he disrespected somebody. I jumped into the conversation and attacked him back and we were trading lines. We were never friendly again. I used to go see him do his jazz thing in New York and he wouldn't even talk to me.
3 [on Norm Crosby] Norm Crosby and I were friends for a long time, but he is a joke thief and he stole a ton of material from me and many others. He got up in temple once and started to do one of my stories. I stopped him. He's a reciter. He has no actual funny bone, but he knows how to put jokes together and blend them and do a half-hour. He was always an opening act, never a headliner. Never in your life will you meet someone who says they're a Norm Crosby fan, y'know.
4 [on Tony Martin] He's a strange guy. You've got to get to know him. Not a nice man. Very snappy, very edgy, kind of always angry. I played golf with him at Hillcrest. He hit a shot this far from the flag and he got mad because it wasn't on THIS side of the flag.
5 [on Johnny Carson] I never got along with him. He was a terrible anti-Semite . . . Jan Murray beat him up one night. We went to a restaurant one night and he was throwing around the "Jew bastard" line, you know? Jan slapped him around. One night we had to throw him out of a party. Milton Berle threw him out on the lawn. Threw him out of the house.
6 [on Jerry Lester] He was vicious. He was vicious and angry. He was only outdone by his brother Buddy Lester, who wound up living in Vegas and doing odd jobs and movie bits.
7 [on Red Buttons] Cheapest man who ever lived. Not cheap, penurious. Naw. I'll top that even. Miserly. Never had an act. Never worked Vegas and the minute somebody died they'd go to him for an interview. He never worked Vegas. He never had an act. He went there once to The Fremont Hotel and they canceled him in one night. He had no act. He had that little Jewish, "Ho ho! Ho ho!" with three jokes. But you've got to have an act for Vegas! You've got to be a pro! . . . He schlepped along for years doing nothing until he got lucky with "Never got a dinner." That made him and he got huge money--thirty or forty thousand an appearance. He aggrandized that with his "I was there! I saw it!" bit. So in his later years he scored big. But he was always the cheapo. He and Gene Barry. Two leading cheapos . . .
8 [on Corbett Monica] I think everyone hated him because he would steal your act. He loved to steal. I once went to see [Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé] and he was working with them and I heard my jokes! One after another! "Who the hell is this Corbett Monica!?" Yeah, he was a real scumbag.
9 [about Jules Podell, the manager of the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City] Howard Keel worked the club and was bombing terribly. No business. Three weeks of death. He had never talked to Podell the whole time and he sat down at Podell's booth one time and he said, "Mr. Podell, before I close I certainly would like to say hello to ya." Podell said to him, "Mr. Keel, can you take some constructive criticism?" He said, "Sure." Podell said, "Go fuck yourself!"
10 [on Buddy Hackett] A very angry man. He carried a gun. He was violent. He shot up a car in Vegas that parked in his spot. The Mafia wanted to kill him and I don't know who protected him. I think he shot himself in the end. He went out to the beach to die. They claimed he had a cold, but I don't think so. I think he shot himself.
11 [on Don Rickles] He does twenty minutes of insults and forty minutes of apologizing . . .
12 [on Al Kelly, an old-time comedian who specialized in "double talk"] We were entertaining horse people of America at The Waldorf. It was for horse owners. They hired him to double talk them and this crowd never knew that he was double talking. They had never seen that. He'd say, "You know, when your horse has the frayhayvem, you've got to pull him tight by the reins, otherwise he'll clebblelayem." They said, "My God, he's right. The little guy is right." He walked off and never got a laugh. He said, "What the hell is the matter with those people?" I said, "They believed you!"


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