The Life of Riley (1949)

The Life of Riley (1949)

Jackie Gleason's first television series aired on NBC during the 1949-50 season. It was based on the hit radio program of the same name which had starred William Bendix. The series was canceled after 26 episodes with one critic saying that Gleason "had no future in television." Ironically, both Gleason and Life of Riley had futures. Gleason would carry on and become a superstar with The Honeymooners and his long-running variety program. Life of Riley would return in 1953 with Bendix reprising his radio role and would also become a hit.

Episode Info

Final: 1x26 -- Five Dollar Bill (Mar/28/1950)

Jackie GleasonJackie Gleason
As Chester A. Riley
Rosemary DeCampRosemary DeCamp
As Peg Riley
Gloria WintersGloria Winters
As Babs Riley
Lanny ReesLanny Rees
As Junior Riley
Sid TomackSid Tomack
As Jim Gillis

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Maxine Semon as Honeybee (4 eps)
James Lydon as Simon Vanderhopper (3 eps)
John Eldredge as Sheekman (2 eps)
Alan Reed as Punchy (2 eps)
Anne Burr as Marilyn (2 eps)

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