When it came to naming the awards, there was no other choice except for Art Carney. A gifted mimic, Carney worked steadily in radio in the 1940's, playing character roles and impersonating celebrities. It was in 1950 when Jackie Gleason recruited Art Carney for his comedy-variety series, Cavalcade of Stars. Because of the great working chemistry between the two, Carney became a regular and appeared in many of the comedy sketches, including one called, 'The Honeymooners.' Sewer worker Ed Norton was born and became one of the most popular television characters of all time, making Art Carney a household name.
He went on to win six Emmy Awards and has appeared in numerous television shows, including Batman and his heart wrenching appearance as an alcoholic department store Santa Clause in the classic Christmas episode of 'The Twilight Zone:The Night of the Meek.'
Carney appeared opposite Walter Matthau in the Broadway version of, 'The Odd Couple.' He also starred in dozens of films including, 'The Late Show', 'Going in Style' and 'The Muppets Take Manhattan.' However, it was his performance as an old man who takes his cat on a cross-country journey in 'Harry & Tonto' that won the hearts of movie-goers around the world. Carney won an Oscar for his role, beating out Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Albert Finney and Al Pacino. His last film was a cameo appearance in 'The Last Action Hero' starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
There is no other actor who crossed the line between comedy and drama with such brilliance as Art Carney.