Paul Gleason

Actor, Playwright, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/04/1939 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

A Time to Revenge 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Living Years 2014 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Miracle at Sage Creek 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Meyersons 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Abominable 2006 (Movie)

Sheriff Halderman (Actor)

Cold Case 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fastlane 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2002 (Movie)

Professor McDoogle (Actor)

The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Last 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Not Another Teen Movie 2001 (Movie)

Richard Vernon (Actor)

The District 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Letters 2000 (Movie)

Dean Van Buren (Actor)

The Drew Carey Show 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Brutal Truth 1999 (Movie)

Mr Forester (Actor)

Day at the Beach 1998 (Movie)

Detective Johnson (Actor)

Melrose Place 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best of the Best: Without Warning 1997 (Movie)

Father G (Actor)

Dark Skies 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost on Earth 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

Officer Pickett (Actor)

The Shadow Conspiracy 1997 (Movie)

Blythe (Actor)

Digital Man 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

One West Waikiki 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

Transaction Man (Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

FBI Agent (Actor)

Running Cool 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Waiter 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wishman 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Badge of Silence: Maniac Cop III 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild Cactus 1992 (Movie)

Brenner (Actor)

Rich Girl 1991 (Movie)

Marvin Wells (Actor)

Miami Blues 1990 (Movie)

Sergeant Frank Lackley (Actor)

Spooner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Starting Now 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Winner Takes All 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Games 1989 (Movie)

Broussard (Actor)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

Dwayne T Robinson (Actor)

Ghost Chase 1988 (Movie)

Stan Gordon (Actor)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

Coach Wayne Hisler (Actor)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Forever, Lulu 1987 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home 1987 (Movie)

Jay Sprinsteen (Actor)

Doubletake 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything For Love 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Breakfast Club 1985 (Movie)

Richard Vernon (Actor)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Beeks (Actor)

Another Life 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

Remson (Actor)

He Knows You're Alone 1980 (Movie)

Daley (Actor)

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

Lieutenant Sammy (Actor)

Vigilante Force 1976 (Movie)

Michael Loonius (Actor)

Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze 1975 (Movie)

Long Tom (Actor)

Little Laura and Big John 1972 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Private Duty Nurses 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Challenge of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

False Arrest (TV Show)

Actor

Fourth Story (TV Show)

Actor

Majority Rule (TV Show)

Actor

No Code of Conduct (TV Show)

Actor

Supercarrier (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Daughter
has a third, born c. 1994

Companion
married

Kaitlin Gleason

Daughter

George Gleason

Father

Eleanor Gleason

Mother

Shannon Gleason

Daughter

Candy Moore

Wife
married on March 15, 1971 divorced in 1978

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York, New York
studied under Lee Strasberg

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
attended on a football scholarship

Milestones

2002

Cast as a teacher in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder"

1994

Played Captain Herzog on short-lived police drama "One West Waikiki" (CBS)

1983

Breakthrough screen role, Beeks in "Trading Places"

1982

Playwriting debut, "Bush"

1979

TV-miniseries debut, "Ike"

1975

Played Dr. David Thornton on ABC daytime drama "All My Children"

1973

Starred as McMurphy in off-Broadway production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1972

Feature film debut, "Private Duty Nurses"

1970

Broadway debut, "The Gingerbread Lady"

1967

Off-Broadway debut, "Key Largo"

Played three and one half seasons of minor league baseball in Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox organizations

Bonus Trivia

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Gleason's poetry has appeared in Paris Review, Yale Review, Rolling Stone, National Lampoon, Village Voice and The New York Quarterly.

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He has written three plays that have been produced: "Bush", "Crowbar" and "Batting Practice".

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Gleason directed the West Coast premiere of the play "A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking at Los Angeles' Westwood Playhouse, starring Elizabeth Ashley and Susan Anspach.

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