1916 – Birth of John Herbert ‘Jackie’ Gleason.

Gleason, nicknamed ‘The Great One’, was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style. His parents were Mae ‘Maisie’ (née Kelly), Farranree, Co Cork, and Herbert Walton ‘Herb’ Gleason, an Irish-American insurance auditor. He was in such movies as ‘The Hustler’, ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’, ‘Skidoo’, and the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ series, ‘The […]

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