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Paul Gleason (I) (1939–2006)


Character actor Paul Gleason has been adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleaze bags in motion pictures since the early 1960s, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go (1965). Gleason has made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters in films. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's... See full bio »

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(age 67) in Burbank, California, USA

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 2011 The Passing
Det. Sanders
 2008 The Book of Caleb
James Paddington
 2006 Abominable
Sheriff Halderman
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Stewart Adams
- Blank Generation (2005) ... Stewart Adams
 2004 Drake & Josh (TV Series)
Mr. Thompson
- Honor Council (2004) ... Mr. Thompson
 2004 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
Mystery Man
- Reese Joins the Army: Part 2 (2004) ... Mystery Man
- Reese Joins the Army: Part 1 (2004) ... Mystery Man
 2003 Dragnet (TV Series)
Matt Margolis
- Sticks and Stones (2003) ... Matt Margolis
 2002 Sun Gods (TV Movie)
 2002 The Guardian (TV Series)
Scott Kollbrenner
- The Dark (2002) ... Scott Kollbrenner
 2002 Fastlane (TV Series)
Detective Lannigan
- Pilot (2002) ... Detective Lannigan
 2001 Social Misfits
Warden Doyle
 2001 The Myersons
Dean Hanson
 2001 Dead Last (TV Series)
Johnson the CIA Agent
- The Mulravian Candidate (2001) ... Johnson the CIA Agent
 2001 The Weber Show (TV Series)
Principal Squires
- ...And Then Jack Became the Voice of the Cougars (2001) ... Principal Squires
 2001 The District (TV Series)
Peter Wendt
- Rage Against the Machine (2001) ... Peter Wendt
 2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Kip Sherman
- Creepy Comics (2000) ... Kip Sherman
 2000 Red Letters
Dean Van Buren
 2000 The Giving Tree
Mr. Forrester
 2000 Friends (TV Series)
Jack
- The One That Could Have Been: Part 1 (2000) ... Jack (uncredited)
 1999 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Detective
- The Seven Deadly Sins (1999) ... Detective
 1999 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Judge Crawford
- Drew and the Gang Law (1999) ... Judge Crawford
 1999 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
Hank
- Veronica's June Swoon (1999) ... Hank
 1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Tom McNeil
- Home Is Where the Heartache Is (1999) ... Tom McNeil
 1998 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Judge Nicholas
- The Usual Santas (1998) ... Judge Nicholas
 1998 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Mickey Tripp
- Hardball (1998) ... Mickey Tripp
 1998 No Code of Conduct
John Bagwell
 1998 Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (Video)
Father Gil
 1998 Day at the Beach
Detective Johnson
 1997 A Time to Revenge
Major Whittmar
 1997 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Stuart Wallace
- Finders Keepers (1997) ... Stuart Wallace
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Dr. Harold Payton
- Brainchild (1997) ... Dr. Harold Payton
 1997 NewsRadio (TV Series)
Steve Johnson
- The Public Domain (1997) ... Steve Johnson
 1997 Money Talks
Lt. Bobby Pickett
 1997 Shadow Conspiracy
Blythe
 1996 Dark Skies (TV Series)
Nelson Rockefeller
- The Awakening (1996) ... Nelson Rockefeller
 1995 Digital Man
Dr. Parker
 1994 In the Living Years
Tony
 1994 Nothing to Lose
Elliot
 1994 There Goes My Baby
Mr. Burton (as Paul Xavier Gleason)
 1994 I Love Trouble
Kenny Bacon
 1994 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Cushman
- The Opposite (1994) ... Cushman
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Henry Harrison
- The Ides of Metropolis (1994) ... Henry Harrison
 1993/I The Waiter
Father
 1993 Running Cool
Calvin Hogg
 1993/I Boiling Point
Transaction Man
 1993 Wild Cactus
Sheriff Brenner
 1993 Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
Hank Cooney
 1992 Majority Rule (TV Movie)
 1992 The Wonder Years (TV Series)
Arthur Jensen
- Scenes from a Wedding (1992) ... Arthur Jensen
 1989-1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Steve Morrison / Lt. Barney Claymore / Sterling Bose
- Murder in Milan (1992) ... Steve Morrison
- Thursday's Child (1991) ... Lt. Barney Claymore
- The Error of Her Ways (1989) ... Sterling Bose
 1992 Wishman
Silverstein
 1991 False Arrest (TV Movie)
Arthur Ross
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Det. Robinson
- The Reluctant Vampire (1991) ... Det. Robinson
 1991 Rich Girl
Marvin Wells
 1991 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Coach John Lungren
- Speak, Lawyers, for Me (1991) ... Coach John Lungren
 1991 Fourth Story (TV Movie)
Lt. Hank Petkavich
 1990 Married People (TV Series)
 1990 Hardball (TV Series)
- The Cool Katt (1990)
 1990 Miami Blues
Sgt. Frank Lackley
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Sam Byrne
- The Stone Killer Mystery (1990) ... Sam Byrne
 1990 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Cody
- Winner Takes All (1990) ... Cody
 1989 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Phil Daniels
- Parental Guidance Suggested (1989) ... Phil Daniels
 1989 Spooner (TV Movie)
Roland Hyde
 1989 Life Goes On (TV Series)
Stan Graber
- The Baby-Sitter (1989) ... Stan Graber
 1989 Night Game
Broussard
 1989 Starting Now (TV Short)
Harold
 1988 Lifted
 1988 Doubletake (TV Movie)
Howie Henley
 1988 Supercarrier (TV Series)
 1987 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Henry Dutton
- Song of Orpheus (1987) ... Henry Dutton
 1987 Ghost Chase
Stan Gordon
 1987 Forever, Lulu
Robert
 1987 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Andy Stryker
- Cold Hands (1987) ... Andy Stryker
 1987 Sidekicks (TV Series)
Fargo
- The Worst of the Mohicans (1987) ... Fargo
 1987 Morgan Stewart's Coming Home
Jay Le Soto
 1986 Superior Court (TV Series)
Attorney
 1986 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Mr. Kimball
- The Scam (1986) ... Mr. Kimball
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Greenleaf
- Tip on a Sure Thing (1986) ... Greenleaf
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Bunny Berrigan
- When Irish Eyes Are Crying (1986) ... Bunny Berrigan
 1984-1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Harry Sullivan / Roy Kelsey
- The Trouble with Harry (1986) ... Harry Sullivan
- Fire (1984) ... Roy Kelsey
 1986 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
Tom Fitzgerald
- High Anxiety (1986) ... Tom Fitzgerald
 1985 Anything for Love (TV Movie)
Larry Worth
 1985 Challenge of a Lifetime (TV Movie)
John Schoonover
 1984 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Ronnie Meeder / Jacques Arnot
- Kiss of the Sabre (1984) ... Ronnie Meeder / Jacques Arnot
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Biff Lowe
- Low Blow (1984) ... Biff Lowe
- Fuched Again (1984) ... Biff Lowe
 1984 Riptide (TV Series)
Commander Phillip Everitt / Detective Hallins
- Father's Day (1984) ... Commander Phillip Everitt
- The Hardcase (1984) ... Detective Hallins
 1984 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Jack Fish
 1984 Call to Glory (TV Series)
Marty Colby
- Paper Tiger (1984) ... Marty Colby
 1984 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Detective Crespi
- A Killer's Dozen (1984) ... Detective Crespi
 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Sheriff Jeff 'Jed' Nebbins
- Small Town Steele (1984) ... Sheriff Jeff 'Jed' Nebbins
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Edson Ballon
- Savior (1984) ... Edson Ballon
 1983 MysteryDisc: Many Roads to Murder (Video)
Stewart Cavanaugh
 1982 MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone? (Video)
Stewart Cavanaugh
 1981 Another Life (TV Series)
Lee Carothers #1 (1982-83)
 1981 Arthur
Executive
 1981 Fort Apache the Bronx
Detective
 1980 Ike: The War Years (TV Movie)
 1979 The Great Santini
Lt. Sammy
 1979 Ike: The War Years (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee
 1979 Women at West Point (TV Movie)
Major James T. Kirk
 1976 Vigilante Force
Michael J. Loonius (as Paul X. Gleason)
 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Parsons
- Identity Crisis (1975) ... Parsons
 1971-1974 Adam-12 (TV Series)
John Suntor / Instructor Chuck Williams / Patrolman Stan Arnold / ...
- Excessive Force (1974) ... John Suntor (as Paul Xavier Gleason)
- Training Wheels (1972) ... Instructor Chuck Williams (as Paul Xavier Gleason)
- Backup 1-L20 (1972) ... Patrolman Stan Arnold
- The Grandmothers (1971) ... Smitty
 1973 Little Laura and Big John
Sheriff
 1972 Hit Man
Cop (uncredited)
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Border Guard
- No Sign of the Cross (1972) ... Border Guard
 1972 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Lt. Blair
- The Deal (1972) ... Lt. Blair
 1972 Where Does It Hurt?
Mr. Leffingwell's Aide
 1971 Private Duty Nurses
Dr. McClintock
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Dr. David Thornton (1976-1978)
 1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Deputy
- A Famine Where Abundance Lies (1969) ... Deputy
 1968 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Officer Dan Ryan
- The Butcher (1968) ... Officer Dan Ryan
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Alien / Alien Soldier
- Task Force (1967) ... Alien (uncredited)
- The Experiment (1967) ... Alien Soldier (uncredited)
 1967 C'mon, Let's Live a Little
Frat Boy (uncredited)
 1967 The Green Hornet (TV Series)
Paul Garrett
- Alias the Scarf (1967) ... Paul Garrett
 1967 It's About Time (TV Series)
Man
- 20th Century Here We Come (1967) ... Man
 1966 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Miltary Policeman
- Birdman of Shady Rest (1966) ... Miltary Policeman (uncredited)
 1965 Winter A-Go-Go
Ski Resort Guest
 1962 Panic in Year Zero!
First Gas Station Owner (uncredited)
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Reprises his role from The Breakfast Club (1985) as geeky overseer for detention in A-Teens music video for "Dancing Queen". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Paul X. Gleason | Paul Xavier Gleason

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

I went into acting because I had nothing more sensible to do. However, once I began acting classes with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio in New York, I found it stimulating and rewarding.

Trivia:

Reportedly owned a restaurant. See more »

Trademark:

Known for playing cranky, obnoxious bullies See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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