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Paul Gleason Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: May 4, 1944
  • Died: May 27, 2006

Wiry character actor Paul Gleason attended Florida State University before making his first off-Broadway appearance in a 1973 revival of [[Feature~V36363~One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.~oneflewoverthecuckoosnest]] Gleason's inaugural movie role was Long Tom in Doc Savage (1975), after which he worked extensively in [[Performer~P85920~Roger Corman~rogercorman]] productions. He is best known for his scowling, obstreperous portrayals of minor authority figures: the principal in [[Feature~V6997~The Breakfast Club~thebreakfastclub]] (1985), the police chief in [[Feature~V13728~Die Hard~diehard]] (1988), and so on. He was at his most abrasive--and his funniest--as FBI agent Clarence Beeks in [[Feature~V50678~Trading Places~tradingplaces]] (1982). A familiar TV presence since his days as David Thornton on the ABC serial All My Children, Paul Gleason has had recurring roles on such nighttimers as [[Feature~V129156~Spooner,~spooner]] [[Feature~V47849~Supercarrier~supercarrier]] and One West Waikiki. Throughout the '90s Gleason continued to work steadily as a character actor appearing in films as diverse as National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, Running Cool, Maniac Cop 3, and Nothing to Lose. Like his Breakfast Club co-star Molly Ringwald, {$Gleason willingly spoofed his most iconic performance in the 2001 comedy Not Another Teen Movie. In May of 2006, at the age of 67, Gleason perished from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer often suffered by people exposed to asbestos. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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