Russell Gleason

born: 06 February 1907
Portland, Oregon,
United States of America
died: 26 December 1945
New York City, New York,
United States of America
(fall from hotel window, age 38)

American actor, the son of James Gleason. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in November 1943.

(from Wikipedia)
On December 25, 1945, Gleason was in New York City awaiting deployment to Europe with his regiment when he fell to his death out of a fourth story window in the Hotel Sutton on East 56th Street in Manhattan, which the army had commandeered to house the troops. Law enforcement was unable to determine whether Gleason's fall from the window had been accidental or a suicide. It had been reported in some publications, such as Variety, that Gleason had been prescribed a sulfonamide to treat a cold at the time, and that the drug had resulted in grogginess that led him to accidentally falling.
His remains were interred at the Long Island National Cemetery, a military cemetery, on December 28, 1945.

Height: 6'0"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Dudes Are Pretty People
Brad Benton

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