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Three-Time Emmy(R) Award-Winner Brad Garrett Stars in the Cable Television Premiere of 'Gleason,' Only on the Hallmark Channel

[via press release from 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.

Hallmark Channel is a 24-hour basic cable channel that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 69 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 5,020 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Crown 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 media including broadcast, cable, Video-on-Demand and High Definition Television.


  [september 2005]  


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