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 Roles turned down by Jackie Gleason:

The Fortune Cookie
Director Billy Wilder wanted Gleason to co-star with Jack Lemmon in the sports comedy, but Lemmon held out for Walter Matthau.
Actor who got the part: Walter Matthau

Yours, Mine and Ours
Jackie Gleason was reportedly approached to play Frank Beardsley.
Actor who got the part: Henry Fonda

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