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#382953 --- 05/29/06 07:12 AM "Breakfast Club" principal Dies
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Updated: 09:41 PM EDT

'Breakfast Club' Principal Paul Gleason Dies

BURBANK, Calif. (May 28) - 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.


Before becoming an actor, Paul Gleason played Triple-A minor league baseball for a handful of clubs in the late 1950s.




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.


05/28/06 18:51 EDT


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#382954 --- 05/29/06 07:30 AM Re: "Breakfast Club" principal Dies
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How sad. My favorite movie too..I can say it word for word!
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#382955 --- 05/29/06 06:31 PM Re: "Breakfast Club" principal Dies
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same here...... (devil horns) "2 months bender... I have you for 2 months.... Instead of going to jail...you will come here".
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#382956 --- 05/29/06 06:34 PM Re: "Breakfast Club" principal Dies
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In the 80's, I must have watched that movie 500 times, if not more...a classic for sure,,,still have to catch it once in a while on USA....Judd Nelson rules!!
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