November 12, 2003 by

Art Carney

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Categories: Actors, Hollywood

acarney.jpgArthur William Matthew Carney, an Academy Award-winning actor, died on Nov. 9. Cause of death was not released. He was 85.
Carney loved doing impersonations as a boy, but he never took an acting class or college course. After graduating from high school, he went on tour with the Horace Heidt Orchestra and worked as an announcer on Heidt’s “Pot O’ Gold” radio show.
His career was temporarily interrupted, however, with the start of America’s involvement in World War II. Carney was drafted as an infantryman, participated in the Battle of Normandy and was wounded in the leg by shrapnel. He walked with a limp for the rest of his life.
When he returned to the states, Carney landed a regular spot on “Henry Morgan’s Great Talent Hunt.” In 1951, he was tapped to play Ed Norton, Jackie Gleason’s foil on the classic television show, “The Honeymooners.” The role earned him three consecutive Emmy awards. Carney was the last surviving member of the show’s four principal characters.
Carney eventually appeared in more than 25 films and dozens of television shows, including “Batman” and “The Twilight Zone.” He also created the role of Felix Unger in the original Broadway version of “The Odd Couple,” and won an Oscar for his role in the 1974 movie, “Harry and Tonto,” He also won three Emmy awards for his work on “The Jackie Gleason Show.” Gleason never won the Emmy.
This year, Carney will be inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

8 Responses to Art Carney

  1. Alphonse Dattolo

    Art Carney was the greatest sidekick in the history of television.Among other things,he will always be remembered for making people laugh.May God bless and keep him!I am happy to own all of the episodes including the lost episodes of the HONEYMOONERS on DVD.EDWARD LILLYWHITE NORTON WILL LAST FOREVER!!!!!!!

  2. REBECCA TROTMAN

    What a Great loss. Why was there not a lot of press? In my opinion, he ranked up there with the top 10 comedians of all times. I never missed him on the Honeymooners when I was a child. All the old greats are passing by and will never be replaced or even come close to these GREATS.

  3. VIC CAROL

    What a Great loss. Why was there not a lot of press? In my opinion, he ranked up there with the top 10 comedians of all times. I never missed him on the Honeymooners when I was a child. All the old greats are passing by and will never be replaced or even come close to these GREATS. I HOPE WE SEE HIM AGAIN IN HEAVEN, SOMEDAY OVER THE RAINBOW…I HOPE HE HAD THE KEYS TO THE PROMISE LAND.

  4. William Cahill

    Art Carney: Truly one of our most beloved comedians.. I always loved him on the “Honeymooners”, and every thing he was in he did a great job. I have a couple of his recordings, as well, including a 78 record titled “Sheesh, what a grouch” on Columbia. I have an mp3 of his recording “Song of the sewer”. A truly great man, whom we will all miss. Hope to see you in heaven, and, see more of your comedy there…
    All I can say to sour pusses is “Sheesh, what a grouch!”.
    William Cahill

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