I enjoy visiting Jackie Gleason's grave, although I wish he were still around in person. He was one of my favorite entertainers and actors.
Jackie Gleason made big news back in 1964 when he moved to Florida and brought along all of his television production facilities from New York City and set them up in Miami Beach.
The story was that he made the move because of his love for golf.
He wanted to play the game all year long, so he built a home at Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, Florida. He lived in that home for the rest of his life.
For those of us a certain age, Jackie was as big a star as there was back in those days.
He was famous for his television shows, including the priceless skits known as "The Honeymooners" where he played the long suffering bus driver Ralph Kramden.
Audrey Meadows played his equally long suffering wife, Alice. He frequently threatened her by shaking his fist at her and growling "To the moon, Alice."
Gleason was so typecast in that role that many people forget he started his television career as Chester A. Riley on "The Life of Riley".
His television program, "The Jackie Gleason Show," was very popular from the mid 1950s through 1970.
He was also an accomplished band leader and recorded many albums.
He was also exceptional as an actor. Many remember him as "Minnesota Fats" in the movie "The Hustler" with Paul Newman.
He also played the role of Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the "Smokey and the Bandit Series" from 1977 into the 1980s.
In addition to television and movies, he also was a music composer and orchestra conductor.
His first album, "Music For Lovers Only," holds the record to this day for being listed the longest on Billboard Top Ten Charts. It was in the Top Ten for 153 weeks.
Among his expressions that became well known were "How sweet it is" and "And Away We Go!".
Jackie was quite a guy who lived life to the fullest. He died in 1987 at home in Florida.
He is honored in many places in south Florida, including the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach.
His grave site is in the Doral area of Miami, almost out to the turnpike, in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery.
The address of the cemetery is 11411 Northwest 25th Street, Doral, FL 33172. Just keep driving west on NW 25th St until you dead end in the cemetery.
No pun intended.
His monument is accessible and you can see his very appropriate epitaph: "And Away We Go".
Oct 29, 2019
updated pictures of Jackie Gleason's resting place
We have new beautiful pictures of where Jackie Gleason now resides. How can I send them to you or where can I upload them for this site. Thank you in advance.
Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery
Linda, the website has limited capability for uploading photos. You can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I assume you are not a permanent resident of Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Do you work there?
Oct 19, 2018
RED Friday "How sweet it is!"
by: Gigi V
I've always loved two phrases of Jackie Gleason's
"How sweet it is" & "To the moon Alice"
Nov 12, 2017
The Greatest Legend
by Bob W.
An artist who made you laugh and cry. He had a great serious role as Gigot. May he rest in peace.
Jul 19, 2016
ALICE You Are The Greatest!
by: John Victor
Never ever missed a show or special.
Oct 14, 2013
One of Gleason's ex-wives, Beverly Gleason McKittrick, said in multiple interviews that Gleason once came home late at night in 1973 appearing badly shaken.
McKittrick said her husband told her he had been taken to see President Richard Nixon. Nixon took him to Homestead Air Force Base in southern Florida, where Nixon allegedly showed him the small bodies of dead aliens that were stored there..
Mar 10, 2013
Jackie a Ham Radio Guy
by: Donald Parton
I heard from a friend of mine who used to work in a Fort Lauderdale Radio Shack that Jackie Gleason was a serious ham operator. He had quite an elaborate layout in his Inverarry home, and like to chat with people all over the world.
Jun 16, 2012
William Gleason was one of the earliest pioneers of south Florida after the Civil War. He was the founder of Lemon City. I wonder if he was related at all to Jackie Gleason?
Jun 14, 2012
Jackie Gleason Was Fascinated By UFO's
by: Greg May
Jackie Gleason was fascinated by UFO's. In fact, he even built a house in New York state shaped like a flying saucer. While he was living in Miami, he came home one night looking like he had seen a ghost.
When his wife asked him what was the matter, he told her President Nixon took him to Homestead AFB to show him aliens on ice they had retrieved from a UFO crash.
Jackie Gleason gave the Miami Seaquarium's Hugo the Killer Whale a lecture on obesity after he lost 40 pounds.