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Old 11-12-2003, 09:05 AM
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AP HARTFORD, Conn. - Art Carney, who played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win the 1974 Oscar for best actor in "Harry and Tonto," has died at 85.

The comic actor would be forever identified as Norton, Ralph Kramden's bowling buddy and not-too-bright upstairs neighbor on "The Honeymooners." The characters appeared in various forms from 1951 to 1956, and the show was revived briefly in 1971. The shows can still be seen on cable.

With his turned-up porkpie hat and unbuttoned vest over a white T-shirt, Carney's Ed Norton with his exuberant "Hey, Ralphie boy!" became an ideal foil for Gleason's blustery, bullying Kramden. Carney won three Emmys for his role and his first taste of fame.

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

He was drafted into the Army in 1944 and took part in the D-Day landing at Normandy. A piece of shrapnel shattered his right leg. He was left with a leg three-quarters of an inch shorter than the other and a lifelong limp.

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Old 11-12-2003, 10:40 AM
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I thought he had already passed away several years ago
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:41 PM
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Didn't Norton have an office in the sewer? I think he even had a desk down there.

I like the time Norton and Ralphie were learning to play golf. The instruction book said to "address the ball", so Norton kind of waved and said, "Hello, ball." That guy had it down, great timing, really funny physical stuff. Norton was definitely one of the funniest characters ever on TV.
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:42 PM
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In the 80's I guess it was, there was a movie made about the eruption of Mt St Helens. Art Carney had a major role in that movie playing the lodge owner, named Harry Truman. I thought he did a great job on that movie. I visited the Mt St Helens area back in '90, I kept thinking about that character.

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Old 11-12-2003, 11:19 PM
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I loved his comedy. As is often the case, it was even better when bounced off someone like Jackie Gleason. Those two were a great pair!

Is any of the original cast of the Honeymooners still alive?

My sister saw "Alice" shopping in Georgetown (Washington, DC) several years ago. I think she has since passed away too.

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Old 11-13-2003, 05:42 AM
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I used to love watching The Honeymooners on PBS while growing up. Didn't they do that show completely live? No retakes, no edits, etc?

Geez, all my favorite actors keep dying.

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