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    'Breakfast Club' Principal Gleason Dies
    May 28, 5:51 PM EST

    Paul Gleason, who played the go-to bad guy in "Trading Places" and the angry high school principal in "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67.

    Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason.

    "Whenever you were with Paul, there was never a dull moment," his wife said. "He was awesome."

    A native of Miami, Gleason was an avid athlete. Before becoming an actor, he played Triple-A minor league baseball for a handful of clubs in the late 1950s.

    Gleason honed his acting skills with his mentor Lee Strasberg, whom he studied with at the Actors Studio beginning in the mid-1960s, family members said.

    Through his career, Gleason appeared in over 60 movies that included "Die Hard," "Johnny Be Good," and "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." Most recently, Gleason made a handful of television appearances in hit shows such as "Friends" and "Seinfeld."

    Gleason's passions went beyond acting. He had recently published a book of poetry.

    "He was an athlete, an actor and a poet," said his daughter, Shannon Gleason-Grossman. "He gave me and my sister a love that is beyond description that will be with us and keep us strong for the rest of our lives."

    Actor Jimmy Hawkins, a friend of Gleason's since the 1960s, said he remembered Gleason for a sharp sense of humor.

    "He just always had great stories to tell," Hawkins said.

    Gleason was survived by his wife, two daughters and a granddaughter. Funeral plans were pending.

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  • #2
    Thats sad....I bought the movie Breakfast Club...cause my daughter and I enjoy it....he played his part good....R.I.P.
    Tony G

    The Chefs


    • #3
      Awww man!!! I am sorry to hear. He would always play his part great!! Always a bad guy when he was in a movie. When he would be in a movie it would be like, watch out for him the evidence doesnt point to to him but I know he has something to do with it.


      • #4
        "Breakfast Club" is one of my all time favorite movies, R.I.P.