THREE-TIME EMMY� AWARD-WINNER BRAD GARRETT STARS IN THE CABLE TELEVISION PREMIERE OF �GLEASON,� ONLY ON THE HALLMARK CHANNEL
Garrett Nominated for an Emmy� Award for the Extraordinary Story of �The Great One�
Hallmark Channel proudly presents three-time Emmy� Award winning actor Brad
Garrett (�Everybody Loves Raymond�) in the cable television premiere of �Gleason,� the
critically-acclaimed biopic on the life of one of the most complex comedic minds in show
business history, Saturday, October 8 (9/8c).
The behind-the-scenes story of the Brooklyn comedic genius known for brash
humor and fast adlibs, �Gleason� explores Jackie Gleason�s childhood and the influences
that led him to stardom. There was nay saying when Garrett was cast as Gleason.
However, the nearly 7-foot tall Garrett (who was nominated for an Emmy� Award for
the role) delivers a total Gleason � a man plagued by bad memories of a discordant
home life growing up in Brooklyn, self-doubt, frustration, womanizing, excessive alcohol
consumption, and chain smoking.
A brief engagement on DuMont's �Cavalcade of Stars� made Jackie Gleason an
overnight TV sensation. He remained on �Cavalcade of Stars� for two years, creating
most of his famous characterizations (Ralph Kramden, Joe the Bartender, Charlie
Bratton, The Poor Soul, and Reggie Van Gleason III.) The movie chronicles Gleason�s
humble beginnings and sheds insight into the charming yet tormented mind of America�s
comic genius. This captivating portrayal of Gleason earned Garrett an Emmy� and SAG
nomination in 2003 and as well as a DGA nomination for the film�s director, Howard
Deutch. �Gleason� also stars Saul Rubinek as George Durgom, Kristin Dalton as Audrey
Meadows and Terry Farrell as Marilyn Taylor.
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of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 69 million
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Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates Hallmark Channel. In 2004,
Crown launched its second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. Through its
subsidiary, Crown Media Distribution, LLC, Crown also distributes titles from its awardwinning
collection of movies, miniseries and films for exhibition in a variety of television
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