Paul Gleason Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died in Burbank, California, USA  (mesothelioma)
Birth NamePaul Xavier Gleason
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go (1965). He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New York City in the mid-60s with Lee Strasberg (his mentor) and was seen in a handful of Roger Corman productions before landing a a three-year role on the TV soap opera All My Children (1970). He appeared in over 60 films, with key roles in Trading Places (1983), Die Hard (1988), Miami Blues (1990), Boiling Point (1993) and Van Wilder (2002). However, he is perhaps best remembered for his role as the no-nonsense principal "Richard Vernon" in The Breakfast Club (1985). He also guest-starred in numerous television series, including Hill Street Blues (1981), Dawson's Creek (1998) and Friends (1994). Gleason passed away of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer at a Burbank, California hospital on May 29th 2006 at the age of 67.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Blythe379@cs.com

Family (3)

Spouse Susan Kehl (August 1995 - 27 May 2006)  (his death)  (2 children)
Candy Moore (13 March 1971 - 1978)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Shannon Gleason
Caitlin Gleason
Parents Gleason, Eleanor
Gleason, George L.

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently plays principals or teachers who take no nonsense
Known for playing cranky, obnoxious bullies

Trivia (11)

Attended and played football at Florida State University along with fellow actors Burt Reynolds and Robert Urich.
Reportedly owned a restaurant.
1966 graduate of Florida State University.
Was chased by Carl Strano's character in The A-Team (1983)episode, The A-Team: The Trouble with Harry (1986). They also acted together in the Hill Street Blues (1981) episode, Hill Street Blues: Low Blow (1984).
Decided to become an actor in 1961 after seeing Splendor in the Grass (1961) with his friend, author Jack Kerouac.
Played minor league baseball in the 1950s.
Died three weeks after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a rare form of lung cancer that is linked to asbestos.
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
Had 2 daughters, Shannon Gleason and Caitlin Gleason, and a son.
He has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Breakfast Club (1985) and Die Hard (1988).
In 1979, Paul Gleason did a dandruff shampoo commercial for Tegrin Medicated Shampoo. It famously ran as a commercial on CBS during Magic Johnson's first NBA game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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