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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 and Die Hard.

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 Dukes 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 (although he was a dean on BMW) 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.

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.

Paul Gleason died on May 27, 2006 at a Burbank, California hospital from 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. Gleason was buried near the southeast corner of the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles

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  • Copyright: Steve Stillman (sms) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (66)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-03-05
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4.1, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-04-15 10:41
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