Ralph Kramden Statue
- Life-size bronze statue inspired by the TV
character Ralph Kramden a portly, ill-tempered
bus driver from the situation comedy THE
Land Promotional Shot
of the Ralph Kramden Statue
Jackie "The Great One" Gleason played Ralph
Kramden who works for the Gotham Bus Company
located at 225 River Street in Manhattan.
Ralph's daily bus run (Bus No. 2969 & No. 247)
took him along Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Each
morning his devoted wife, Alice Kramden (Audrey
Meadows) prepared Ralph's food for his lunch and
placed it in a lunchbox.
The same lunchbox and the ubiquitous bus
driver's uniform are central elements on the
1000 pound bronze replica of the fictional
The Ralph Kramden statue was dedicated on August
29, 2001 by the corporate entity known as TV
LAND which runs classic TV programs daily on
their cable channel.
The statue is located at 40th Street and 8th
Avenue at the entrance of the Port Authority of
New York and New Jersey bus terminal.
Jackie Gleason who created the character of
Ralph Kramden died June 24th, 1987 at the age of
When Gleason was laid to rest at Our Lady of
Mercy Cemetery in Miami, Florida (at 11411 NW
25th Street), the phrase "And Away We Go"
(Gleason's trademark catchphrase) was chiseled
into the marble steps leading up to his
Ralph Kramden's catchphrases included: "I've got
a B-I-I-I-G mouth!", Har-de-Har-Har-Har-Har!",
"One of these days, Alice...POW!, right in the
kisser!", "BANG!, ZOOM!, right to the Moon!" and
"Alice, you're askin' for a knuckle sandwich."
Despite their bickering both Ralph and Alice
truly loved each other. At the end of each
episode, Ralph apologized for his behavior and
said "Baby, your the greatest." And so is the
Ralph Kramden statue which immortalizes one
America's most famous (and favorite) bus
There is also a statue of Jackie Gleason in his
Ralph Kramden Bus Driver's Uniform at the
Academy of Television Arts & Science's Hall of
Fame in North Hollywood, California. The statue
is posed in Gleason famous "And Away we Go"
stance. This statue pre-dates the TV LAND one.
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