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Art Carney

Television comedian and actor, born in Mount Vernon, New York, USA. After working as ‘second banana’ for Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen, and Bert Lahr, he served in the US Army and was wounded during the Normandy landing (Jun 1944). He later performed on Broadway and television, gaining his greatest success as Jackie Gleason's sewer-cleaner sidekick, Ed Norton, in The Honeymooners (1955-6). He created the role of slovenly Oscar in Broadway's The Odd Couple (1960), and after recovering from a mental breakdown he returned to work on stage, television, and films, winning an Oscar for Harry and Tonto (1974).