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Posted: Nov. 11, 2003 7:00 am/pm Quote

Sitcom Icon Art Carney Dies At 85
'Ed Norton' Of 'Honeymooners' Was Neighbor Of Jackie Gleason's 'Kramden'

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POSTED: 4:54 p.m. EST November 11, 2003
UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. EST November 11, 2003

Art Carney, who played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win an Oscar for best actor in 1975 has died at 85.


Carney died in Chester, Conn., on Sunday and was buried on Tuesday after a small, private funeral. He had been ill for some time.  

The entertainer, who was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., became a television icon for his portrayal of Ed Norton, the neighbor and not-so-bright friend of Gleason's Ralph Kramden, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 1956.

He also won a Best Actor Oscar in 1975 for the 1974 drama "Harry and Tonto."

"The first time I saw the guy act," Gleason once remarked, "I knew I would have to work twice as hard for my laughs. He was funny as heck."

"The Honeymooners" ran on television as a separate series from 1956-57. The show was resurrected briefly in 1971.

Carney got his start in television in 1947 on "The Morey Amsterdam Show." He started with Gleason in 1952 and worked with the late comedy legend on "The Jackie Gleason Show" until 1959. He played various roles on the "Gleason Show," which earned him five additional Emmys.

"Honeymooners" co-star Audrey Meadow wrote that Carney was one of the most endearing men she has ever met.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.


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Posted: Nov. 11, 2003 8:42 am/pm Quote

He was a great talent. I always enjoyed Art Carney, whether it was his hilarious comedy roles or his dramatic acting.

He starred in many Disney movies as well as his more memorable roles, such as "The Blue Yonder" and the Canadian TV movie "The Undergrads."

At least he's up with Jackie Gleason now... but he will certainly be missed.


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