Paul Gleason Biography

Birthday: 1939-05-04
Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey
Height: 6' 0½" (1.84 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 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). Since the late 1970s, Gleason has had key roles in films that include Trading Places (1983), Die Hard (1988), Miami Blues (1990), Boiling Point (1993/I) and Van Wilder (2002). However, he is probably best remembered for his role as the no-nonsense principal "Richard Vernon" in The Breakfast Club (1985). He has also appeared in over 60 films and has guest-starred on numerous television series that include "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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
One West Waikiki 1994 - 1996 Drama
Lost on Earth 1997 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze 1975 0
Vigilante Force Michael J. Loonius 1978 Action, Adventure, Crime
The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper 1981 Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Tender Mercies 1983 Drama, Music
The Breakfast Club Richard Vernon 1985 Comedy, Drama
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Jeremitt 1985 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Forever, Lulu Robert 1987 Comedy, Mystery
Die Hard Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson 1988 0
Johnny Be Good Wayne Hisler 1988
Ghost Chase Stan Gordon 1988 Adventure, Comedy
Night Game 1989 Thriller, Crime, Drama
Rich Girl Marvin Wells 1991 Drama
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence Hank Cooney 1993 0
Wishman Silverstein 1993 Comedy, Fantasy
Running Cool Calvin Hogg 1993 Action
Wild Cactus Sheriff Brenner 1993 Thriller
I Love Trouble 1994 0, 0
There Goes My Baby Mr. Burton 1994 Comedy, Drama
Digital Man Dr. Parker 1995 Action, Thriller
Shadow Conspiracy 1997 Action, Thriller
Day at the Beach Detective Johnson 1998 Comedy
Best of the Best: Without Warning Father Gil 1998 Action, Adventure, Thriller
No Code of Conduct John Bagwell 1999 Action, Crime, Drama
The Giving Tree Mr. Forrester 2000 Drama, Thriller
Red Letters Dean Van Buren 2000 Crime, Drama
Van Wilder Professor McDoogle 2002 Comedy, Romance
The Making of Bret Michaels Himself 2002
A Time to Revenge Major Whittmar 2003
The Book of Caleb James Paddington 2008 Comedy
In the Living Years Tony 2008 Drama
The Passing Det. Sanders 2011 Horror