Monday, May 29, 2006



The principal in "The Breakfast Club." This guy.

The Associated Press reports:
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.
Don't you forget about him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He was Long Tom in the 1975 Doc Savage film. It is a shame that Lester Dent, that created Doc Savage and wrote most of the novels, is never recognized by his home state of Missouri (other than his papers collected by MU). If it wasn't for Doc Savage there would be no Superman, James Bond, Indiana Jones or Johnny Quest (the last two were both failed Doc Savage projects).

Jeff Boggs