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Art Carney was an American actor, who won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie ‘Harry and Tonto’

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BirthdayNovember 4, 1918
Died onNovember 9, 2003
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesBarbara Isaac (1966–1977), Jean Myers (1940–1965)
SiblingsFred and Phil, Jack, Ned, Robert
Known asArthur William Matthew Carney
Childrens Brian, Eileen, Paul
Birth PlaceMount Vernon, New York, U.S.
GenderMale
FatherEdward Michael Carney
MotherHelen Farrell Carney
Sun SignScorpio
Born inMount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Famous asActor
Died at Age85

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Who is Art Carney?

Arthur William Matthew Carney also known as Art Carney was an American actor, who won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie ‘Harry and Tonto’. His performance as Ed Norton, opposite Jackie Gleason, in the sitcom, ‘The Honeymooners’, is still etched in the memory of viewers. Interested in impersonation and acting from a young age, Art Carney pursued the same as a career after his preliminary education. Initially he worked on radio shows which included the successful show ‘Pot o' Gold’. During the World War II, he served in the US Army. He was wounded at the Battle of Normandy and was hospitalized for nine months. Along with appearing in television shows and guest appearances in various series, he also acted in films and made Broadway appearances He was known for his excellent comic timing, and though he never considered himself a comedian, he was considered among the finest comedian actors of his time. His talent earned him several awards like the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and the Pasinetti Award.

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Childhood & Early Life

Arthur William Matthew Carney was born on 4 November 1918, at Mount Vernon, in New York, USA. He was the youngest of the six sons of publicist Edward Michael Carney and his wife Helen Farrell Carney. His elder brothers were named Jack, Ned, Robert, Fred and Phil.

During his childhood, he was fond of impersonations and won several school talent contests. He graduated from A. B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon in 1936. He discontinued his education after high school and did not seek further formal education.

Career

Soon after he completed his school education, he took up a job with the Horace Heidt orchestra and spent three years working with them doing songs and impersonations.

He was also involved in announcing the Heidt's ‘Pot O' Gold’ radio show. He was later given a minor role in the movie ‘Pot O' Gold’ made by the orchestra in 1941. In the same year he was part of the big band remote team, as a comic for their series ‘Matinee at Meadowbrook’.

Later, after unsuccessful attempts at vaudeville and nightclubs, he began working on the radio in shows like ‘Man behind the Gun’. He was capable of essaying roles that required dialects. This ability of his earned him a role of impersonating the voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt for television network channel CBS. Other radio projects that he worked in during the early 1940s include ‘Land of the Lost’ and ‘Joe and Ethel Turp’ (1943).

His career was interrupted by World War II, as he enrolled in the United States Army as an infantryman and machine gun crewman. While serving the 28th Infantry Division during the Battle of Normandy he was wounded by shrapnel that left him with a lifelong limp.

During 1946 - 1947 he made an appearance on ‘The Henry Morgan Show’. Other radio impersonations included the imitation of Franklin D. Roosevelt on ‘The March of Time’ and ‘Dwight D. Eisenhower’ in ‘Living 1948’.

Between 1950 and 1951, he was part of the show ‘The Magnificent Montague’ as Montague’s father. Other radio programs that he was support cast of include ‘Casey’, ‘Crime Photographer’ and ‘Gang Busters’.

In 1950, he starred in the television comedy series ‘Cavalcade of Stars’, where he got to play several characters. By 1951 he made regular appearances on ‘Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt’.

He was part of the comedy skit, ‘The Honeymooners’, where his portrayal of sewer worker Ed Norton earned him much fame and appreciation. The skit went on to be a huge success and was revived as a situational comedy series in 1955.

During the 1950s he worked as a character actor in several television drama series like ‘Studio One’, ‘Omnibus’ and ‘The Kraft Television Theater’.

In 1957, he played a Jew in ‘The Fabulous Irishman’ and in 1960 he was part of the projects ‘Our Town’ and one man drama “Call Me Back’.

Shows that he appeared as guest during the time include ‘The Martha Raye Show’ (1955-1956), ‘The Dinah Shore Chevy Show’, ‘What's My Line?’ among many others. Between 1959 and 1960 he had his own variety show on NBC television.

In 1958, he was part of a children’s special project in collaboration with ABC, titled ‘Art Carney Meets Peter and the Wolf’. He also starred in an episode of Christmas episode of The Twilight Zone named ‘The Night of the Meek’ in 1960. A few years later he appeared in a guest role in an episode of the adventure and drama series ‘Mr. Broadway’.

Among his Broadway performances were ‘The Rope Dancers’ (1957), in which he starred alongside Siobhan McKenna, ‘Take Her, She's Mine’ (1961) and ‘Lovers’ (1968). In 1965, he played the obsessively neat freak Felix Unger in the Neil Simon play ‘The Odd Couple’. .

In the early years of 1970s, he performed song and dance on a few episodes of ‘The Dean Martin Show’. In 1974, his performance as a widower in the movie ‘Harry and Toronto’, earned him rave reviews.

He portrayed a variety of roles in the movies. Some of the famous movie he worked in include: ‘W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings’ (1975), ‘The Late Show’ (1977), ‘House Calls’ (1978), ‘Going in Style’ (1979), ‘The Naked Face’ (1984) and ‘Firestarter’ (1984).

He acted in various television movies throughout his career like ‘Death Scream’ (1975), ‘Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story’ (1980), ‘St. Helens’ (1981), ‘Terrible Joe Moran’ (1984), ‘The Night They Saved Christmas’ (1984) and ‘Where Pigeons Go to Die’ (1990).

Towards the last years of the 1980s he retired from his acting career. However, he appeared in 1993 for a guest appearance in Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer comic fantasy action film ‘Last Action Hero’.

Major Works

Art Carney was an actor who showcased his talent in theatre, radio and feature films. His most acclaimed works include the portrayal of Ed Norton, on the pioneering television sitcom ‘The Honeymooners’ and an elderly widower in ‘Harry and Toronto’.

Awards and Achievements

Art Carney was awarded the ‘.Academy Award for Best Actor in 1974 for his performance in ‘Harry and Tonto’. The performance also earned him the 1974 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

In 1977, he received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for ‘The Late Show’.

He was the recipient of the Pasinetti Award for Best Actor for the film ‘Going in Style’ in 1979.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard.

He was posthumously inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2004.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Jean Myers in 1940 and the couple had three children; Eileen (born in 1942), Brian (born in 1946) and Paul (born in 1952). The couple separated in 1965, however, reconciled and married once again in 1980.

He married Barbara Isaac in 1966 and the marriage lasted until 1977.

Art Carney died on 9 November 2003, at his home in Westbrook, Connecticut. He was 85 years old at the time of his death.

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Art Carney awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1975Best Actor in a Leading RoleHarry and Tonto (1974)

Golden Globe Awards

1975Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalHarry and Tonto (1974)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1984Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialTerrible Joe Moran (1984)
1968Special Classification of Individual AchievementsThe Jackie Gleason Show (1966)
1967Special Classifications of Individual AchievementsThe Jackie Gleason Show (1966)
1956Best Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Honeymooners (1955)
1955Best Supporting Actor in a Regular SeriesThe Jackie Gleason Show (1952)
1954Best Series Supporting ActorThe Jackie Gleason Show (1952)

Art Carney biography timelines

  • // 4th Nov 1918
    Arthur William Matthew Carney was born on 4 November 1918, at Mount Vernon, in New York, USA. He was the youngest of the six sons of publicist Edward Michael Carney and his wife Helen Farrell Carney. His elder brothers were named Jack, Ned, Robert, Fred and Phil.
  • // 1936
    During his childhood, he was fond of impersonations and won several school talent contests. He graduated from A. B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon in 1936. He discontinued his education after high school and did not seek further formal education.
  • // 1940
    He married Jean Myers in 1940 and the couple had three children; Eileen (born in 1942), Brian (born in 1946) and Paul (born in 1952). The couple separated in 1965, however, reconciled and married once again in 1980.
  • // 1941
    He was also involved in announcing the Heidt's ‘Pot O' Gold’ radio show. He was later given a minor role in the movie ‘Pot O' Gold’ made by the orchestra in 1941. In the same year he was part of the big band remote team, as a comic for their series ‘Matinee at Meadowbrook’.
  • // 1943
    Later, after unsuccessful attempts at vaudeville and nightclubs, he began working on the radio in shows like ‘Man behind the Gun’. He was capable of essaying roles that required dialects. This ability of his earned him a role of impersonating the voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt for television network channel CBS. Other radio projects that he worked in during the early 1940s include ‘Land of the Lost’ and ‘Joe and Ethel Turp’ (1943).
  • // 1946 To 1947
    During 1946 - 1947 he made an appearance on ‘The Henry Morgan Show’. Other radio impersonations included the imitation of Franklin D. Roosevelt on ‘The March of Time’ and ‘Dwight D. Eisenhower’ in ‘Living 1948’.
  • // 1950 To 1951
    Between 1950 and 1951, he was part of the show ‘The Magnificent Montague’ as Montague’s father. Other radio programs that he was support cast of include ‘Casey’, ‘Crime Photographer’ and ‘Gang Busters’.
  • // 1950 To 1951
    In 1950, he starred in the television comedy series ‘Cavalcade of Stars’, where he got to play several characters. By 1951 he made regular appearances on ‘Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt’.
  • // 1955
    He was part of the comedy skit, ‘The Honeymooners’, where his portrayal of sewer worker Ed Norton earned him much fame and appreciation. The skit went on to be a huge success and was revived as a situational comedy series in 1955.
  • // 1955
    Shows that he appeared as guest during the time include ‘The Martha Raye Show’ (1955-1956), ‘The Dinah Shore Chevy Show’, ‘What's My Line?’ among many others. Between 1959 and 1960 he had his own variety show on NBC television.
  • // 1957 To 1960
    In 1957, he played a Jew in ‘The Fabulous Irishman’ and in 1960 he was part of the projects ‘Our Town’ and one man drama “Call Me Back’.
  • // 1958 To 1960
    In 1958, he was part of a children’s special project in collaboration with ABC, titled ‘Art Carney Meets Peter and the Wolf’. He also starred in an episode of Christmas episode of The Twilight Zone named ‘The Night of the Meek’ in 1960. A few years later he appeared in a guest role in an episode of the adventure and drama series ‘Mr. Broadway’.
  • // 1966 To 1977
    He married Barbara Isaac in 1966 and the marriage lasted until 1977.
  • // 1974
    In the early years of 1970s, he performed song and dance on a few episodes of ‘The Dean Martin Show’. In 1974, his performance as a widower in the movie ‘Harry and Toronto’, earned him rave reviews.
  • // 1974
    Art Carney was awarded the ‘.Academy Award for Best Actor in 1974 for his performance in ‘Harry and Tonto’. The performance also earned him the 1974 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
  • // 1975
    He acted in various television movies throughout his career like ‘Death Scream’ (1975), ‘Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story’ (1980), ‘St. Helens’ (1981), ‘Terrible Joe Moran’ (1984), ‘The Night They Saved Christmas’ (1984) and ‘Where Pigeons Go to Die’ (1990).
  • // 1977
    In 1977, he received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for ‘The Late Show’.
  • // 1979
    He was the recipient of the Pasinetti Award for Best Actor for the film ‘Going in Style’ in 1979.
  • // 1993
    Towards the last years of the 1980s he retired from his acting career. However, he appeared in 1993 for a guest appearance in Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer comic fantasy action film ‘Last Action Hero’.
  • // 9th Nov 2003
    Art Carney died on 9 November 2003, at his home in Westbrook, Connecticut. He was 85 years old at the time of his death.
  • // 2004
    He was posthumously inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Art Carney's FAQ

  • What is Art Carney birthday?

    Art Carney was born at 1918-11-04

  • When was Art Carney died?

    Art Carney was died at 2003-11-09

  • Where was Art Carney died?

    Art Carney was died in Chester, Connecticut, U.S.

  • Which age was Art Carney died?

    Art Carney was died at age 85

  • Where is Art Carney's birth place?

    Art Carney was born in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.

  • What is Art Carney nationalities?

    Art Carney's nationalities is American

  • Who is Art Carney spouses?

    Art Carney's spouses is Barbara Isaac (1966–1977), Jean Myers (1940–1965)

  • Who is Art Carney siblings?

    Art Carney's siblings is Fred and Phil, Jack, Ned, Robert

  • Who is Art Carney childrens?

    Art Carney's childrens is Brian, Eileen, Paul

  • Who is Art Carney's father?

    Art Carney's father is Edward Michael Carney

  • Who is Art Carney's mother?

    Art Carney's mother is Helen Farrell Carney

  • What is Art Carney's sun sign?

    Art Carney is Scorpio

  • How famous is Art Carney?

    Art Carney is famouse as Actor