ART CARNEY AUTOGRAPH



Arthur William Matthew “Art” Carney was born on November 4, 1918 – died November 9, 2003. Carney was an Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning American actor in film, stage, television and radio. Carney portrayed the upstairs neighbor and sewer worker Ed Norton, opposite Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden in the famous situation comedy The Honeymooners. Carney, youngest of six sons, was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of Helen (née Farrell) and Edward Michael Carney, who was a newspaper man and publicist. His family was Irish American and Catholic. Carney was drafted as an infantryman during World War II. During the Battle of Normandy, he was wounded in the leg by shrapnel and walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Carney was a comic singer with the Horace Heidt orchestra, which was heard often on radio during the 1930s, notably on the hugely successful Pot o’ Gold, the first big-money giveaway show in 1939-41. Carney’s film career began with an uncredited role in Pot o’ Gold (1941), the radio program’s spin-off feature film, playing a member of Heidt’s band. Carney, a gifted mimic, worked steadily in radio during the 1940s, playing character roles and impersonating celebrities. In 1941 he was the house comic on the big band remote series, Matinee at Meadow brook. Beyond The Honeymooners, Carney served as Gleason’s sidekick and troupe member during many of the Gleason’s years on television, which included several CBS runs of the Gleason variety show and some Honeymooners specials on ABC. Gleason picked Carney to play Norton because he realized that Carney was so funny that Gleason would have to work twice as hard to get laughs. He was nominated for seven Emmy Awards and won six. He was also in an episode of The Twilight Zone “Night of the Meek”. Carney recorded prolifically in the 1950s for Columbia Records. Two of his hits were “The Song of the Sewer,” sung in character as Norton, and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a spoken-word record in which Carney, accompanied only by a jazz drummer, recited the famous Yuletide poem in syncopation. Carney’s work on stage included the portrayal on Broadway in 1965-67 of Felix Unger in The Odd Couple (opposite Walter Matthau as Oscar). In 1969 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Brian Friel’s Lovers. Carney died of natural causes at a rest home near his home in Westbrook, Connecticut, five days after his 85th birthday; he was survived by his widow and children. Carney is interred at Riverside Cemetery in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Carney was succeeded in show business by his grandson, Devin Richardson Carney, star of Old Saybrook theatre productions, including a stint as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and a commanding performance as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.

 

Original Art Carney Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 Index Card. (You will receive shown 8 x 10 Black and White Photograph along with autograph). Regular Price – $ 75.00 / Sale Price – $ 39.95.

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