Paul Gleason

Paul Gleason

Highest Rated: 94% The Great Santini (1979)

Lowest Rated: 0% Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Birthday: May 4, 1939

Birthplace: Not Available

Wiry character actor Paul Gleason attended Florida State University before making his first off-Broadway appearance in a 1973 revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Gleason's inaugural movie role was Long Tom in Doc Savage (1975), after which he worked extensively in Roger Corman productions. He is best known for his scowling, obstreperous portrayals of minor authority figures: the principal in The Breakfast Club (1985), the police chief in Die Hard (1988), and so on. He was at his most abrasive--and his funniest--as FBI agent Clarence Beeks in Trading Places (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 Spooner, 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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Love Land Screenwriter 2015
No Score Yet The Passing Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Book of Caleb Actor 2009
No Score Yet A Letter to Dad Tony 2009
67% Abominable Sheriff Halderman 2006
No Score Yet The Killing Breed Major Whittmar 2003
18% National Lampoon's Van Wilder Prof. McDoogle $21.1M 2002
29% Not Another Teen Movie Richard Vernon $37.9M 2001
No Score Yet Red Letters Dean Van Buren 2000
No Score Yet The Giving Tree Mr. Forrester 2000
No Score Yet Brutal Truth Actor 1999
No Score Yet No Code of Conduct John Bagwell 1999
No Score Yet Best of the Best: Without Warning (Best of the Best 4) Father G. 1998
20% Day at the Beach Actor 1998
16% Money Talks Det. Pickett 1997
0% Shadow Conspiracy Blythe 1997
No Score Yet Digital Man Dr. Parker 1995
No Score Yet Nothing to Lose Elliot 1995
44% Ten Benny Elliot 1995
No Score Yet There Goes My Baby Mr. Burton 1994
22% I Love Trouble Kenny Bacon 1994
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Actor 1994
No Score Yet In the Living Years Actor 1994
18% Boiling Point Transaction Man 1993
17% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 FBI Agent 1993
No Score Yet Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence Hank Cooney 1993
No Score Yet Running Cool Calvin Hogg 1993
No Score Yet Wild Cactus Sheriff Brenner 1992
No Score Yet Majority Rule Actor 1992
No Score Yet Rich Girl Marvin Wells 1991
No Score Yet Fourth Story, (Basic Deception) Lieutenant Petkavich 1991
No Score Yet False Arrest Actor 1991
81% Miami Blues Sgt. Frank Lackley 1990
No Score Yet Night Game Broussard 1989
93% Die Hard Dwayne Robinson 1988
0% Johnny Be Good Wayne Hisler 1988
No Score Yet Supercarrier (Deadly Enemies) Actor 1988
40% She's Having a Baby Howard 1988
No Score Yet Ghost Chase Stan Gordon 1988
No Score Yet Forever Lulu Robert 1987
No Score Yet Morgan Stewart's Coming Home Jay Springsteen, Political Campaign Manager 1987
No Score Yet Challenge of a Lifetime John Schoonover 1985
89% The Breakfast Club Richard Vernon 1985
No Score Yet Doubletake Actor 1985
No Score Yet Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Jeremitt 1985
87% Trading Places Clarence Beeks 1983
83% Tender Mercies Reporter 1983
No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Remson 1981
88% Arthur Executive 1981
86% Fort Apache, the Bronx Detective 1981
22% He Knows You're Alone Daley 1980
94% The Great Santini Lieutenant Sammy 1979
No Score Yet Ike: The War Years Actor 1978
No Score Yet Vigilante Force Michael Loonius 1976
No Score Yet Doc Savage---The Man of Bronze Major Thomas J. "Long Tom" Roberts 1975
No Score Yet Little Laura and Big John Sheiff Bob Baker 1973
No Score Yet Private Duty Nurses Dr. McClintock 1971


71% Family Guy
Voice 2009
No Score Yet George Lopez
Lou Powers 2005
No Score Yet Cold Case
Stewart Adams 2005
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
Mystery Man 2004
No Score Yet The Guardian
Scott Kolbrenner 2002
No Score Yet The Weber Show
Principal Squires 2001
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
Hank Chloe's Father 2000
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
Judge 1999
No Score Yet Melrose Place
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
Dean Borak 1997
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
Mr. Wallace 1997
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Henry Harrison 1994
88% Seinfeld
Victoria's Uncle 1994
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
Arthur Jensen 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Lt. Claymore Steve Morrison Rose 1992
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
Henry Dutton 1987
No Score Yet Kate & Allie
Tom 1986
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Bunny Berrigan 1986
No Score Yet The A-Team
Harry Roy Kelsey 1986
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Ronnie Meeder and Jacques Arnot 1984
No Score Yet Remington Steele
Sheriff Nebbins 1984
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Blair 1972
No Score Yet Lost on Earth
George Greckin
17% One West Waikiki
Capt. Dave Herzog


Richard Vernon says: What if your home, your family... What if your dope was on fire?

John Bender says: Impossible, sir. It's in Johnson's underwear.

Sgt. Al Powell says: In fact, I think he's a cop. Maybe not LAPD, but he's definitely a badge.

Dwayne T. Robinson says: How do you know that?

Sgt. Al Powell says: A hunch, things he said. Like being able to spot a phony ID.

Dwayne T. Robinson says: Jesus Christ, Powell, he could be a fucking bartender for all we know!

Richard Vernon says: The next time I have to come in here I'm crackin' skulls.

Richard Vernon says: You think he's funny? You think this is cute? You think he's "bitchin," is that it? Let me tell you something. Look at him - he's a bum. You want to see something funny? You go visit John Bender in five years. You'll see how goddamned funny he is.

Richard Vernon says: You think he's funny? You think this is cute? You think he's 'bitchin,' is that it? Let me tell you something. Look at him - he's a bum. You want to see something funny? You go visit John Bender in five years. You'll see how goddamned funny he is.

Richard Vernon says: Why did that door close?

Claire Standish says: I think the screw fell out, sir.

Richard Vernon says: Who took the screw? Bender, where's the screw?

John Bender says: I don't have it, sir

Richard Vernon says: Don't lie to me!

John Bender says: I'm not lying! Screws fall out, the world is an imperfect place!

Richard Vernon says: Any questions?

John Bender says: Yeah, I got a question. Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?

Dwayne T. Robinson says: We're gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.

Dwayne T. Robinson says: Oh god I hope that's not a hostage

Dwayne T. Robinson says: Oh god I hope that's not a hostage.

Richard Vernon says: Why is that door closed?. WHY IS THAT DOOR CLOSED?.

Richard Vernon says: Why is that door closed? WHY IS THAT DOOR CLOSED?

Richard Vernon says: Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns!