James Gleason

James Gleason

  • Born on
    • September 30th, 1952
  • Died on
    • April 12th, 1959
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).

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Acting (54 Credits)

2016Rules Don't Apply as Doctor Crone
2012Awaken as Willy
2006American Dreamz as Journalist
2002S1m0ne as Reporter
1998Why Do Fools Fall in Love as Stage Manager
1996Mother as Waiter
1993Star as The Director
1993Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday as Agent Abernathy
1992Boris and Natasha as Taxi Driver
1987My Demon Lover as Alert Cop
1977The World's Greatest Lover as Room Clerk
1958The Last Hurrah as Cuke Gillen
1958Rock-a-Bye Baby as Doc Simpkins
1957Loving You as Carl Meade
1957Man in the Shadow as Hank James
1956Star in the Dust as Orval Jones
1955The Night of the Hunter as Birdie Steptoe
1954Suddenly as Peter 'Pop' Benson
1953Forever Female as Eddie Woods
1952What Price Glory as General Cokely
1952We're Not Married! as Duffy
1951I'll See You in My Dreams as Fred Townsend
1950The Jackpot as Harry Summers
1950The Yellow Cab Man as Mickey Corkins
1950Key to the City as Sergeant Hogan
1950Riding High as Racing Secretary
1949Miss Grant Takes Richmond as Timothy Gleason
1947Down to Earth as Max Corkle
1947The Bishop's Wife as Sylvester
1947Tycoon as Pop Mathews
1946The Hoodlum Saint as Snarp
1945The Clock as Al Henry
1945A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as McGarrity
1944Once Upon a Time as Moke McGillicuddy
1944The Keys of the Kingdom as Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske
1943Crash Dive as Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell
1943A Guy Named Joe as “Nails” Kilpatrick
1943Arsenic and Old Lace as Lt. Rooney
1942A Date with the Falcon as Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara
1942The Falcon Takes Over as Inspector Mike O'Hara
1942My Gal Sal as Pat Hawley
1942Tales of Manhattan as Joe - Mission Aid Society
1941Meet John Doe as Henry Connell
1941Here Comes Mr. Jordan as Max Corkle
1941Affectionately Yours as 'Chet' Phillips
1941Babes on Broadway as Thornton Reed
1936The Ex-Mrs. Bradford as Inspector Corrigan
1935Murder on a Honeymoon as Inspector Oscar Piper
1934Murder on the Blackboard as Inspector Oscar Piper
1934Search for Beauty as Dan Healy
1932Penguin Pool Murder as Police Inspector Oscar Piper
1932Blondie of the Follies as Pa McClune
1931A Free Soul as Eddie
1929The Broadway Melody as Music Publisher (uncredited)

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