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  • Real name : Paul Xavier Gleason
  • Place of birth : Jersey City
  • Date of birth : 04/05/1939
  • Place of death : Burbank
  • Date of death : 27/05/2006



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Paul Gleason (1939)

Paul Xavier Gleason

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Paul Xavier Gleason (May 4, 1939 – May 27, 2006) was an American film and television actor, known for his roles on TV series such as All My Children and films such as The Breakfast Club, Trading Places and Die Hard.


 early life
Gleason was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Eleanor (née Doyle), a registered nurse, and George L. Gleason, a restaurateur, professional boxer, iron worker, and roofing manufacturer. Gleason was raised in Uleta, Florida . At the age of 16, he ran away from home and hitchhiked across the east coast, sleeping on beaches and playing baseball. He attended North Miami High School and Florida State University where he played football. He signed a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians, but played just briefly in two minor league seasons between 1959 and 1960. Gleason later moved to New York City and eventually to Los Angeles.

Gleason starred in many movies, and became well-known initially as Dr. David Thornton on All My Children, playing the role from 1976 to 1978. He guest-starred in "The Trouble with Harry" and "Fire", two episodes of The A-Team. Gleason was known to Star Wars fans for his role as Jeremitt Towani in the 1985 made-for-TV film The Battle for Endor. He played the villainous Clarence Beeks, the Duke brothers' inside trader, in the 1983 comedy Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. He also played Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T Robinson, the blowhard police official in Die Hard.

He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Richard Vernon, the gruff disciplinarian in the seminal 1985 film The Breakfast Club. He reprised versions of that character several times, including in an A*Teens music video, on the television show Boy Meets World and in the films Johnny Be Good and Not Another Teen Movie. Gleason played a tough yet forgiving and nurturing professor - that of Professor McDoogle - to the lead character in National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

In 2002, he appeared in a couple of episodes of Dawson's Creek during its sixth season as Larry Newman, the chief of a movie studio obsessed with sex and violence reflected on the kind of films the studio produces.

He appeared as a nonsensical judge in an episode of Drake and Josh. He also appeared in an episode of George Lopez as George Lopez's boss's brother, a crazy old drunk. His final appearance before his death was in an independent film called The Book of Caleb.

 personal life
Gleason, in addition to his acting career, participated in many celebrity golf events each year, and was known by autograph hunting experts to mingle with fans and sign autographs during these golf tournaments. He was married to Susan Kehl and is survived by his wife, two daughters, Shannon and Kaitlin, and one granddaughter, Sofia.

Paul Gleason died on May 27, 2006 at a Burbank, California hospital from pleural mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer connected with asbestos, which he is thought to have contracted from asbestos exposure on building sites while working for his father as a teenager. He was 67 years old. Gleason was buried near the southeast corner of the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles.

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