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Paul Gleason



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
62% Abominable
  • Sheriff Halderman
2006
No Score Yet The Killing Breed
  • Major Whittmar
2003
19% National Lampoon's Van Wilder
  • Prof. McDoogle
2002
29% Not Another Teen Movie
  • Richard Vernon
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 Time to Revenge
  • Actor
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
20% 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
20% Boiling Point
  • Transaction Man
1993
15% 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 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
92% Die Hard
  • Dwayne Robinson
1988
0% Johnny Be Good
  • Wayne Hisler
1988
No Score Yet Supercarrier (Deadly Enemies)
  • Actor
1988
34% 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 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
  • Jeremitt
1985
86% Trading Places
  • Clarence Beeks
1983
85% Tender Mercies
  • Reporter
1983
No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
  • Remson
1981
90% Arthur
  • Executive
1981
83% Fort Apache, the Bronx
  • Detective
1981
29% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Mr. Wallace
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Henry Dutton
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Stewart Adams
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Lou Powers
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Mystery Man
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Victoria's Uncle

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