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James Gleason

Highest Rated:   100% Suddenly (1954)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Character actor James Gleason usually played tough-talking, world-weary guys with a secret heart-of-gold. He is easily recognized for his tendency to talk out of the side of his mouth. Gleason's parents were actors, and after serving in the Spanish-American War, Gleason joined their stock company in Oakland, California. His career was interrupted by service in World War I, following which he began to appear on Broadway. He debuted onscreen in 1922, but didn't begin to appear regularly in films until 1928. Meanwhile, during the '20s he also wrote a number of plays and musicals, several of which were later made into films. In the early sound era, Gleason collaborated on numerous scripts as a screenwriter or dialogue specialist; he also directed one film, Hot Tip (1935). As an actor, he appeared in character roles in over 150 films, playing a wide range of hard-boiled (and often semi-comic) urban characters, including detectives, reporters, marine sergeants, gamblers, fight managers, and heroes' pals. In a series of films in the '30s, he had a recurring lead role as slow-witted police inspector Oscar Piper. James Gleason was married to actress Lucille Webster Gleason; their son was actor Russell Gleason.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Awaken
  • Willy
2012
38% American Dreamz
  • Journalist
$7.2M 2006
51% Simone
  • Reporter
$9.5M 2002
52% Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  • Stage Manager
1998
90% Mother
  • Waiter
1996
No Score Yet Sawbones
  • Coroner
1995
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love
  • Actor
1994
24% Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday
  • Agent Abernathy
1993
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's Star
  • The Director
1993
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha
  • Taxi Driver
1992
17% The World's Greatest Lover
  • Room Clerk
1977
No Score Yet Money, Women and Guns
  • Henry Devers
1958
63% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Dr. Simkins
1958
92% The Last Hurrah
  • Duke Gillen
1958
No Score Yet The Female Animal
  • Tom Maloney
1958
No Score Yet Man or Gun
  • Sheriff Jackson
1958
No Score Yet Man in the Shadow
  • Hank James
1957
No Score Yet Loving You
  • Carl
1957
No Score Yet Star in the Dust
  • Orval Jones
1956
99% The Night of the Hunter
  • Birdie
1955
100% Suddenly
  • Pop Benson
1954
No Score Yet Forever Female
  • Eddie Woods
1954
No Score Yet Hollywood Thrillmakers
  • Risky Russell
1953
57% What Price Glory?
  • Gen. Cokely
1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married
  • Duffy
1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers
  • Bert Lynn
1952
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup
  • Charley Dolan
1951
80% I'll See You In My Dreams
  • Fred Townsend
1951
No Score Yet The Jackpot
  • Harry Summers
1950
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Racing Secretary
1950
No Score Yet Key to the City
  • Sgt. Hogan
1950
No Score Yet The Yellow Cab Man
  • Mickey Corkins
1950
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond
  • J. Hobart Gleason
1949
No Score Yet Bad Boy
  • Chief
1949
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me
  • Lefty
1948
No Score Yet The Return of October
  • Uncle Willie
1948
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West
  • Sam Briggs
1948
83% The Bishop's Wife
  • Sylvester
1948
No Score Yet Smart Woman
  • Sam
1948
No Score Yet Tycoon
  • Pop Mathews
1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth
  • Max Corkle
1947
No Score Yet Lady Luck
  • Sacramento Sam
1946
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Sharp
1946
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • McGarrity
1945
100% The Clock
  • Al Henry
1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Dr. Wilbur Fiske
1944
No Score Yet Girl Rush
  • Actor
1944
88% Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Lt. Rooney
1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • "The Moke"
1944
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe
  • Col. "Nails" Kilpatrick
1944
No Score Yet Crash Dive
  • Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell
1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • Father Joe
1942
No Score Yet The Falcon Takes Over
  • Inspector Mike O'hara
1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal
  • Pat Hawley
1942
No Score Yet A Date with the Falcon
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Hay Foot
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade
  • Bruce McKay
1942
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough
  • Sgt. Daniels
1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million
  • Barkley
1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours
  • "Chet" Phillips
1941
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway
  • Thornton Reed
1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • Max Corkle
1941
91% Meet John Doe
  • Henry Connell
1941
No Score Yet On Your Toes
  • Phil Dolan Sr.
1939
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
  • Danny The Duck
1937
No Score Yet Forty Naughty Girls
  • Insp. Oscar Piper
1937
No Score Yet The Plot Thickens
  • Insp. Oscar Piper
1936
No Score Yet The Big Game
  • George
1936
No Score Yet The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
  • Inspector Corrigan
1936
No Score Yet Murder on a Bridle Path
  • Insp. Oscar Piper
1936
No Score Yet Yours for the Asking
  • Saratoga
1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human
  • Detective Danny Walsh
1935
No Score Yet West Point of the Air
  • Joe Bags
1935
No Score Yet Murder on a Honeymoon
  • Insp. Oscar Piper
1935
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Search For Beauty
  • Dan Healy
1934
No Score Yet The Meanest Gal in Town
  • Duke Slater
1934
No Score Yet Murder on the Blackboard
  • Insp. Oscar Piper
1934
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Clear All Wires
  • Lefty
1933
No Score Yet Hoopla
  • Jerry
1933
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder
  • Police Inspector Oscar Piper
1932
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle
  • Arthur Crimmer
1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies
  • Pa McClune
1932
No Score Yet Lady and Gent (The Challenger)
  • Pin Streaver
1932
No Score Yet The Big Gamble
  • Squint Dugan
1931
No Score Yet A Free Soul
  • Eddie
1931
No Score Yet Her Man
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet The Garden of Eatin'
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet High Voltage
  • Screenwriter
1929
35% The Broadway Melody
  • Music Publisher
  • Screenwriter
1929
No Score Yet His First Command
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Flying Fool
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1929
No Score Yet Count of Ten
  • The manager
1928

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Mr. Ingram
  • 2014
80% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Rev. David Mullen
  • 2010
77% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
  • Phil Dewitt
  • 2008
37% Dirt
2007-2008
  • Minister
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • Phil Palmer Leo
  • 2000
  • 1996
94% Frasier
1993-2004
  • Ed
  • Guest
  • 1998
13% Saved by the Bell: The College Years
1993-1994
  • Novak
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Jake
  • 1993
  • 1992
100% Brooklyn Bridge
1991-1993
  • Father
  • 1992
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
  • Roger
  • 1992
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Dr. Appollinaire
  • 1992
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Dr. Darnell
  • 1991
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
  • Sloan
  • 1980
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
  • Pete
  • 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • Howard Jorgy
  • 1957
  • 1956

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