Paul Gleason

Paul Gleason

Highest Rated: 94% Die Hard (1988)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: May 4, 1939

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

As was often the case with character actors who became closely identified with a type of role, actor Paul Gleason was far from the pompous, humor-deficient bullies he so convincingly portrayed in film and on television. At one time a promising athlete, he gained his theatrical training with famed acting coach Lee Strasberg while performing on the stages of New York. After more than 15 years of working steadily with small parts on television series and in movies, Gleason made a lasting impression as slimy "fixer" Clarence Beeks in the comedy "Trading Places" (1983). Two years later, he topped that villainous performance with his turn as the iron-fisted, utterly clueless and ultimately ineffectual Principal Vernon in the John Hughes classic "The Breakfast Club" (1985). Although he appeared in dozens of varying roles over the years, it would be Gleason's pitch-perfect portrayals of unrepentant jackasses in films such as the action-thriller "Die Hard" (1988) that would earn him lasting recognition. So ingrained in the pop culture of cinema were his characterizations, that Gleason eventually spoofed his own signature role in the lowbrow parody "Not Another Teen Movie" (2001), when he played a less-than-nurturing principal, coincidently named Vernon. By the time of his premature passing in 2006, Gleason had appeared in approximately 140 productions, and while his most memorable roles may have been as unrepentant jerks, those who knew him described a man with an unwavering work ethic, boundless energy, and a gregarious nature.

Highest rated movies

Die Hard The Breakfast Club Arthur Trading Places
Tender Mercies
Miami Blues
Abominable
Not Another Teen Movie

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Love Land Screenwriter - 2014
No Score Yet 53% Farah Goes Bang Cinematography - 2013
No Score Yet 75% The Book of Caleb Paddington (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Passing Unknown (Character) - 2008
69% 40% Abominable Sheriff Halderman (Character) - 2006
18% 73% National Lampoon's Van Wilder Professor McDoogle (Character) $21.0M 2002
30% 55% Not Another Teen Movie Richard Vernon (Character) $37.9M 2001
No Score Yet 20% Red Letters Dean Van Buren (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 0% The Brutal Truth Mr. Forrester (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 35% Best of the Best: Without Warning Father Gil (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 44% No Code of Conduct John Bagwell (Character) - 1998
3% 18% Shadow Conspiracy Blythe (Character) $2.3M 1997
16% 71% Money Talks Pickett (Character) $41.1M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time to Revenge Major Whittmar (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 13% Digital Man Dr. Parker (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Living Years Tony (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 66% There Goes My Baby Mr. Burton (Character) $84.1K 1994
No Score Yet 60% Nothing to Lose Elliot (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 92% Running Cool Calvin Hogg (Character) - 1993
18% 49% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 FBI Agent (Character) $28.0M 1993
18% 21% Boiling Point Transaction Man (Character) $9.0M 1993
No Score Yet 15% Badge of Silence: Maniac Cop 3 Hank Cooney (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Cactus Sheriff Brenner (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 86% Rich Girl Marvin Wells (Character) $317.7K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Identity Lt. Hank Petkavich (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fourth Story Lt. Hank Petkavich (Character) - 1991
81% 55% Miami Blues Sgt. Frank Lackley (Character) $8.8M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Winner Takes All Cody (Character) - 1990
0% 12% Night Game Broussard (Character) $228.1K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spooner Roland Hyde (Character) - 1989
0% 30% Johnny Be Good Wayne Hisler (Character) $15.5M 1988
94% 94% Die Hard LAPD Deputy Chief Dwayne T. Robinson (Character) $81.0M 1988
No Score Yet 26% Ghost Chase Stan Gordon (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Enemies Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Front Jay Le Soto (Character) - 1987
0% 55% Morgan Stewart's Coming Home Jay Le Soto (Character) $799.4K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forever, Lulu Robert (Character) $22.5K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Challenge of a Lifetime John Schoonover (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 51% Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Jeremitt (Character) - 1985
89% 92% The Breakfast Club Principal Richard Vernon (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Triable John Schoonover (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doubletake Howie Henley (Character) - 1985
84% 82% Tender Mercies Reporter (Character) - 1983
88% 84% Trading Places Clarence Beeks (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 23% The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Remson (Character) - 1981
89% 77% Arthur Executive (Character) - 1981
30% 31% He Knows You're Alone Det. Frank Daley (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ike: The War Years Capt. Ernest "Tex" Lee (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 58% Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Maj. Thomas J. "Long Tom" Roberts (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Laura and Big John Sheriff (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 64% Family Guy Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson (archive footage) (Guest Voice) 2009
No Score Yet 73% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 86% Drake & Josh Mr. Thompson (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 90% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 0% The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
47% No Score Yet Fastlane Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
79% 94% Friends Jack (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 0% The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Veronica's Closet Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 0% Melrose Place Judge Nicholas (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 100% Grace Under Fire Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
95% 62% NewsRadio Steve Johnson (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 89% Boy Meets World Dean Borak (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet One West Waikiki Captain Dave Herzog (Character) 1994-1996
89% 92% Seinfeld Cushman (Guest Star) 1994
86% 87% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 84% The Wonder Years Arthur Jensen (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1991-1992
No Score Yet 100% 21 Jump Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Henry Dutton (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet 61% The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Biff Lowe (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1984
No Score Yet 86% Columbo Parsons (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monty Nash Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet 100% The Green Hornet Unknown (Guest Star) 1967