Biography

James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at the Liberty Theater in Oakland, California, which his parents were running. James and his wife then moved to Portland, Oregon, where they played in stock at the Baker Theater. For several years afterward they toured in road shows until James enlisted in the army during World War I. When he returned he appeared on the stage in "The Five Million." He then turned to writing, including "Is Zat So", which he produced for the NY stage. He also wrote and acted in "The Fall Guy" and "The Shannons on Broadway." Next he wrote The Broadway Melody (1929) for MGM. He collaborated, in 1930, on The Swellhead (1930), Dumbbells in Ermine (1930), What a Widow! (1930), Rain or Shine (1930) and His First Command (1929). He and his wife were then contracted to Pathe, Lucille to act, and James (or Jimmie as he was known) as a writer. Probably his most famous acting role was as Max Corkle, the manager of Joe Pendleton who was wrongly plucked from this life into the next, in the hit fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at the Liberty Theater in Oakland, California, which his parents were running. James and his wife then moved to Portland, Oregon, where they played in stock at the Baker Theater. For several years afterward they toured in road shows until James enlisted in the army during World War I. When he returned he appeared on the stage in "The Five Million." He then turned to writing, including "Is Zat So", which he produced for the NY stage. He also wrote and acted in "The Fall Guy" and "The Shannons on Broadway." Next he wrote The Broadway Melody (1929) for MGM. He collaborated, in 1930, on The Swellhead (1930), Dumbbells in Ermine (1930), What a Widow! (1930), Rain or Shine (1930) and His First Command (1929). He and his wife were then contracted to Pathe, Lucille to act, and James (or Jimmie as he was known) as a writer. Probably his most famous acting role was as Max Corkle, the manager of Joe Pendleton who was wrongly plucked from this life into the next, in the hit fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 130

Birthday 1882-05-23

Day of Death 1959-04-12

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • James Austin Gleason
  • Jimmy Gleason
  • Джеймс Глисон

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1958 The Last Hurrah as 'Cuke' Gillen
1958 Money, Women and Guns as Henry Devers
1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby as Doc Simpkins
1958 Man or Gun as Sheriff Jim Jackson
1958 The Female Animal as Tom Maloney
1957 Man in the Shadow as Hank James
1957 Leave It to Beaver (1 episode)
1957 Loving You as Carl Meade
1957 Spring Reunion as Collie
1956 Star in the Dust as Orval Jones
1955 Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year as Ed Shafer
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (2 episodes)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Girl Rush as Ether Ferguson
1955 The Night of the Hunter as Birdie Steptoe
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Suddenly as Peter 'Pop' Benson
1954 Forever Female as Eddie Woods
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life (2 episodes)
1952 What Price Glory as General Cokely
1952 The Story of Will Rogers as Bert Lynn
1952 We're Not Married! as Duffy
1951 I'll See You in My Dreams as Fred Townsend
1951 Come Fill The Cup as Charley Dolan
1951 Joe Palooka in Triple Cross as Knobby Walsh
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1950 Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle as Knobby Walsh
1950 The Jackpot as Harry Summers
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Riding High as Racing Secretary
1950 The Yellow Cab Man as Mickey Corkins
1950 Key to the City as Sergeant Hogan
1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond as Timothy Gleason
1949 Take One False Step as Captain Gledhill
1949 The Life of Riley as Gillis
1949 Bad Boy as Chief
1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
1948 The Return of October as Uncle Willie Ramsey
1948 The Dude Goes West as Sam Briggs
1948 Smart Woman as Sam Corkle
1947 Tycoon as Pop Mathews
1947 The Bishop's Wife as Sylvester
1947 Down to Earth as Max Corkle
1947 The Homestretch as Doc Kilborne
1946 Lady Luck as Sacramento Sam
1946 Home Sweet Homicide as Sgt. O'Hare
1946 The Well Groomed Bride as Captain Hornby
1946 The Hoodlum Saint as Snarp
1945 Captain Eddie as Tom Clark
1945 The Clock as Al Henry
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as McGarrity
1945 This Man's Navy as Jimmy Shannon
1944 The Keys of the Kingdom as Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace as Lt. Rooney
1944 Once Upon a Time as Moke McGillicuddy
1944 A Guy Named Joe as “Nails” Kilpatrick
1943 Crash Dive as Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell
1942 Manila Calling as Tim O'Rourke
1942 Tales of Manhattan as Joe - Mission Aid Society
1942 Footlight Serenade as Bruce McKay
1942 The Falcon Takes Over as Inspector Mike O'Hara
1942 My Gal Sal as Pat Hawley
1942 A Date with the Falcon as Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara
1942 Hay Foot as Colonel J. A. Barkley
1941 Babes on Broadway as Thornton Reed
1941 Breakdowns of 1941 as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough as Sgt. Daniels
1941 Tanks a Million as Col. 'Spitfire' Barkley
1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan as Max Corkle
1941 Affectionately Yours as 'Chet' Phillips
1941 Meet John Doe as Henry Connell
1940 Grandpa Goes To Town as Joe Higgins
1939 Money To Burn as Joe Higgins
1939 On Your Toes as Phil Dolan Sr.
1939 Should Husbands Work? as Joe Higgins
1939 My Wife's Relatives as Joe Higgins
1938 Army Girl as Hennessy
1938 The Higgins Family as Joe Higgins
1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round as Danny The Duck
1937 Forty Naughty Girls as Inspector Oscar Piper
1937 Cinema Circus as Himself
1936 The Plot Thickens as Oscar Piper
1936 The Big Game as George Scott
1936 Don't Turn 'em Loose as Detective Daniels
1936 Yours for the Asking as Saratoga
1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford as Inspector Corrigan
1936 Murder on a Bridle Path as Police Insp. Oscar Piper
1935 We're Only Human as Detective Danny Walsh
1935 Hot Tip as Jimmy McGill
1935 Hollywood Hobbies as Himself
1935 West Point of the Air as Joe 'Bags'
1935 Murder on a Honeymoon as Inspector Oscar Piper
1934 Murder on the Blackboard as Inspector Oscar Piper
1934 Change of Heart as Hot Dog Vendor
1934 Orders Is Orders as Ed Waggermeyer
1934 Search for Beauty as Dan Healy
1934 The Meanest Gal in Town as Duke Slater
1933 Hoopla as Jerry
1933 Clear All Wires! as Lefty Williams
1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal as "Ratsy" Harris
1932 The Devil Is Driving as 'Beef' Evans
1932 The Penguin Pool Murder as Police Inspector Oscar Piper
1932 Yoo-Hoo as Jimmy Gleason
1932 The All-American
1932 The Crooked Circle as Arthur Crimmer
1932 Blondie of the Follies as Pa McClune
1932 Lady and Gent as Pin Streaver
1932 High Hats and Low Brows as Danny Ruff
1932 Fast Companions as Silk Henley
1931 Suicide Fleet as Skeets
1931 The Big Gamble as Fred 'Squint' Dugan
1931 Sweepstakes as Sleepy Jones
1931 A Free Soul as Eddie
1931 It's a Wise Child as Cool Kelly
1931 Beyond Victory as Private Jim Mobley
1930 The Matrimonial Bed as Gustave Corton
1930 Dumb-bells in Ermine as Mike
1930 Puttin' on the Ritz as James 'Jimmy' Tierney
1930 Her Man as Steve
1929 Oh, Yeah! as Dusty
1929 Fairways and Foul as Husband
1929 The Broadway Melody as Music Publisher (uncredited)

Writing

1934 Change of Heart Screenplay
1934 Orders Is Orders Screenplay
1933 The Bowery Screenplay
1931 Beyond Victory Writer
1930 What a Widow! Screenplay Adaptation
1930 The Fall Guy Writer
1930 Dumb-bells in Ermine Writer
1930 Mammy Theatre Play
1930 Puttin' on the Ritz Dialogue
1929 His First Command Screenplay Story
1929 The Broadway Melody Dialogue

Directing

1935 Hot Tip Director

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