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Character actor who played lovable tough guys
Application signed: "James Gleason", 2p (front and verso), 6½x8½. Beverly Hills, California, 1937 November 11. Application for Membership in the American Federation of Radio Artists. In his own hand, Gleason applies for associate membership, identifies himself as an actor, lists his affiliation with the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild, supplies his phone number and home address in Beverly Hills, and estimates his annual income from radio work as less than $2,000 per year. Ink and pencil notations (unknown hand) in lower margin. James Gleason (1882-1959) appeared in over 150 films from the late 1920s through the 1950s, usually cast in secondary roles as a tough-talking but benign urban character. Gleason, a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I, was also a playwright and screenwriter, and he made several TV guest appearances in the 1950s. Light mailing folds. Paperclip impression in upper left corner. Fine condition.

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Born: May 23, 1882 in New York City, New York
Died: April 12, 1959 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

Film Credits
2008-2010 The Naked Archaeologist (Other), 2006 Private Screenings (Other), 1965 Hollywood My Home Town (Other), 1958 The Real McCoys (Performer), 1958 The Last Hurrah (Performer), 1958 The Female Animal (Performer), 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby (Performer), 1958 Playhouse 90 (Performer), 1958 Once Upon a Horse... (Performer), 1958 Money, Women and Guns (Performer), 1958 Man or Gun (Performer), 1957/I Man in the Shadow (Performer), 1957 The Restless Gun (Performer), 1957 Spring Reunion (Performer), 1957 Loving You (Performer), 1957 Leave It to Beaver (Performer), 1957 Cavalcade of America (Performer), 1956-1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Performer), 1956 The Millionaire (Performer), 1956 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (Performer), 1956 Star in the Dust (Performer), 1956 Climax! (Performer), 1956 Cheyenne (Performer), 1955 The Stu Erwin Show (Performer), 1955 The Night of the Hunter (Performer), 1955 The Girl Rush (Performer), 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (Performer), 1955 So This Is Hollywood (Performer), 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (Performer), 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (Performer), 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Performer), 1954 Suddenly (Performer), 1954 Public Defender (Performer), 1954 Hollywood Thrill-Makers (Performer), 1954 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (Performer), 1953-1958 This Is Your Life (in person), 1953-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (Performer), 1953-1955 The Life of Riley (Performer), 1953 Racket Squad (Performer), 1953 Forever Female (Performer), 1952 What Price Glory (Performer), 1952 We're Not Married! (Performer), 1952 The Story of Will Rogers (Performer), 1951 Two Gals and a Guy (Performer), 1951 The Alan Young Show (in person), 1951 Joe Palooka in Triple Cross (Performer), 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams (Performer), 1951 Come Fill the Cup (Performer), 1951 Cavalcade of Stars (in person), 1950 The Yellow Cab Man (Performer), 1950 The Soundman (Other), 1950 The Jackpot (Performer), 1950 Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday (Performer), 1950 Riding High (Performer), 1950 Key to the City (Performer), 1950 Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle (Performer), 1949 The Life of Riley (Performer), 1949 Take One False Step (Performer), 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond (Performer), 1949 Bad Boy (Performer), 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (Performer), 1948 The Return of October (Performer), 1948 The Dude Goes West (Performer), 1948 Smart Woman (Performer), 1948 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Party (Other), 1947 Tycoon (Performer), 1947 The Homestretch (Performer), 1947 The Bishop's Wife (Performer), 1947 Down to Earth (Performer), 1946 The Well-Groomed Bride (Performer), 1946 The Hoodlum Saint (Performer), 1946 Lady Luck (Performer), 1946 Home, Sweet Homicide (Performer), 1945 This Man's Navy (Performer), 1945 The Clock (Performer), 1945 Captain Eddie (Performer), 1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Performer), 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom (Performer), 1944 Once Upon a Time (Performer), 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace (Performer), 1943 Crash Dive (Performer), 1943 A Guy Named Joe (Performer), 1942 The Falcon Takes Over (Performer), 1942 Tales of Manhattan (Performer), 1942 My Gal Sal (Performer), 1942 Manila Calling (Performer), 1942 Hay Foot (Performer), 1942 Footlight Serenade (Performer), 1942 A Date with the Falcon (Performer), 1941 Tanks a Million (Performer), 1941 Picture People No. 1: Stars in Defense (in person), 1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough (Performer), 1941 Meet John Doe (Performer), 1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Performer), 1941 Breakdowns of 1941 (Other), 1941 Babes on Broadway (Performer), 1941 Affectionately Yours (Performer), 1940 Grandpa Goes to Town (Performer), 1940 Earl of Puddlestone (Performer), 1939 The Covered Trailer (Performer), 1939 Should Husbands Work (Performer), 1939 On Your Toes (Performer), 1939 My Wife's Relatives (Performer), 1939 Money to Burn (Performer), 1938 The Higgins Family (Performer), 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 6 (in person), 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (in person), 1938 Goodbye Broadway (Writer), 1938 Army Girl (Performer), 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 7 (in person), 1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (Performer), 1937 Forty Naughty Girls (Performer), 1937 Cinema Circus (in person), 1936 Yours for the Asking (Performer), 1936 The Plot Thickens (Performer), 1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (Performer), 1936 The Big Game (Performer), 1936 Song and Dance Man (Writer), 1936 Murder on a Bridle Path (Performer), 1936 Don't Turn 'em Loose (Performer), 1935 West Point of the Air (Performer), 1935 We're Only Human (Performer), 1935 Two-Fisted (Writer), 1935 Murder on a Honeymoon (Performer), 1935 Murder in the Fleet (Writer), 1935 Hot Tip (Director), 1935 Hot Tip (Performer), 1935 Hollywood Hobbies (in person), 1935 Helldorado (Performer), 1934 The World Moves On (Writer), 1934 The Meanest Gal in Town (Performer), 1934 Servants' Entrance (Writer), 1934 Search for Beauty (Performer), 1934 Orders Is Orders (Performer), 1934 Orders Is Orders (Writer), 1934 Murder on the Blackboard (Performer), 1934 Change of Heart (Performer), 1934 Change of Heart (Writer), 1934 Change of Heart (Other), 1933 The Bowery (Writer), 1933 Rock-a-Bye Cowboy (Performer), 1933 Pie for Two (Performer), 1933 Mister Mugg (Performer), 1933 Hoop-La (Performer), 1933 Gleason's New Deal (Performer), 1933 Clear All Wires! (Performer), 1933 Billion Dollar Scandal (Performer), 1933 Alias the Professor (Performer), 1932 Yoo-Hoo (Performer), 1932 The Devil Is Driving (Performer), 1932 The Crooked Circle (Performer), 1932 The All-American (Performer), 1932 Stealin' Home (Performer), 1932 Rule 'Em and Weep (Performer), 1932 Penguin Pool Murder (Performer), 1932 Off His Base (Performer), 1932 Off His Base (Producer), 1932 Off His Base (in person), 1932 Off His Base (Director), 1932 Off His Base (Other), 1932 Lights Out (Performer), 1932 Lady and Gent (Performer), 1932 High Hats and Low Brows (Performer), 1932 Fast Companions (Performer), 1932 Blondie of the Follies (Performer), 1932 Battle Royal (Performer), 1932 Always Kickin' (Performer), 1932 Always Kickin' (Director), 1932 A Hockey Hick (Director), 1932 A Hockey Hick (Performer), 1931 Where Canaries Sing Bass (Performer), 1931 Three Hollywood Girls (Writer), 1931 The Big Gamble (Performer), 1931 Sweepstakes (Performer), 1931 Suicide Fleet (Performer), 1931 Slow Poison (Performer), 1931 It's a Wise Child (Performer), 1931 Doomed to Win (Performer), 1931 Doomed to Win (Writer), 1931 Beyond Victory (Writer), 1931 Beyond Victory (Performer), 1931 A Free Soul (Performer), 1930/I Big Money (Performer), 1930 What a Widow! (Writer), 1930 The Voice of Hollywood No. 4 (in person), 1930 The Swellhead (Writer), 1930 The Swellhead (Performer), 1930 The Matrimonial Bed (Performer), 1930 The Fall Guy (Writer), 1930 Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 1 (in person), 1930 Rain or Shine (Writer), 1930 Puttin' on the Ritz (Writer), 1930 Puttin' on the Ritz (Performer), 1930 Mammy (Writer), 1930 Her Man (Performer), 1930 Dumbbells in Ermine (Performer), 1930 Dumbbells in Ermine (Writer), 1930 Don't Believe It (Writer), 1930 Don't Believe It (Performer), 1929 The Shannons of Broadway (Performer), 1929 The Shannons of Broadway (Writer), 1929 The Garden of Eatin' (Writer), 1929 The Garden of Eatin' (Performer), 1929 The Flying Fool (Writer), 1929 The Broadway Melody (Writer), 1929 The Broadway Melody (Performer), 1929 Oh, Yeah! (Performer), 1929 Oh, Yeah! (Writer), 1929 Oh, Yeah! (Other), 1929 Oh, Yeah! (Producer), 1929 Meet the Missus (Performer), 1929 His First Command (Writer), 1929 High Voltage (Writer), 1929 Fairways and Foul (Performer), 1928 The Count of Ten (Performer), 1927 Is Zat So (Writer), 1927 Is Zat So (Director), 1922 Polly of the Follies (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Rain or Shine - Other (March 9, 1928 - December 15, 1928), #tcbgn##tcbgn#The Shannons of Broadway - Performer#tidbgn#7582#tidend##tcend# - Writing#tidbgn#7582#tidend##tcend# - Writing (September 26, 1927 - June 1928), Sure Fire - Production (October 20, 1926 - November 1926), Pomeroy's Past - Production (April 19, 1926 - July 1926), The Butter and Egg Man - Director (September 23, 1925 - April 1926), #tcbgn#The Fall Guy - Writing#tidbgn#6194#tidend##tcend# - Writing (March 10, 1925 - June 1925), #tcbgn##tcbgn#Is Zat So - Performer#tidbgn#2790#tidend##tcend# - Writing#tidbgn#2790#tidend##tcend# - Writing (January 5, 1925 - July 1926), The Lady Killer - Performer (March 12, 1924 - March 1924), The Deep Tangled Wildwood - Performer (November 5, 1923 - November 1923), Like a King - Performer (October 3, 1921 - October 1921), Tangerine - Performer (August 9, 1921 - August 26, 1922), The Charm School - Performer (August 2, 1920 - October 1920), The Five Million - Performer (July 8, 1919 - September 1919), It Happens to Everybody - Performer (May 9, 1919 - May 1919), Pretty Mrs. Smith - Performer (September 21, 1914 - October 31, 1914)

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