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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 HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56.

Statue of Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden
TV 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 Manhattanite.

Statue of Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in New York CityThe 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 71.

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 Greek-style mausoleum.

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 drivers.

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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