Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMay 27, 2006, Burbank, California, United States
SpouseSusan Kehl, Candy Moore
MarkKnown for playing cranky, obnoxious bullies
FactPlayed minor league baseball in the 1950s.

Paul Gleason was born on April 28, 1939 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He was the son of John Gleason and Dorothy (née Guarino) Gleason. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Italian ancestry. He had two brothers, Jack and Robert. Gleason was raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended Xavier High School. He then studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.

Gleason began his acting career in the 1960s. He appeared in the films The Young Doctors (1961), The New Interns (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Reivers (1969), and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). He also had roles in the television series The Mod Squad (1968-1969), Hawaii Five-O (1969-1970), and The Rockford Files (1974-1975).

In the 1980s, Gleason appeared in the films Trading Places (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986). He also had a recurring role in the television series Miami Vice (1984-1985).

In the 1990s, Gleason appeared in the films Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), True Romance (1993), and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995). He also had a recurring role in the television series Roseanne (1988-1997).

Gleason has been married three times. His first wife was actress Sheila Ryan from 1964 to 1967. His second wife was actress Leigh Taylor-Young from 1977 to 1981. His third wife is actress Tracy Richman. They have been married since 1992.

Gleason has three children: Sean, Dylan, and Ryan.

Gleason has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NamePaul Gleason
DiedMay 27, 2006, Burbank, California, United States
Height1.84 m
ProfessionActor, Athlete
EducationFlorida State University, Actors Studio


SpouseSusan Kehl, Candy Moore
ChildrenShannon Gleason, Kaitlin Gleason
ParentsEleanor Doyle, George L. Gleason


MoviesThe Breakfast Club, Die Hard, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Not Another Teen Movie, Johnny Be Good, Money Talks, Abominable, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Miami Blues, He Knows You're Alone, Tender Mercies, She's Having a Baby, Arthur, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, Hollywood-Monster, ...
TV ShowsBoy Meets World, Lost on Earth, One West Waikiki, Another Life

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#Marks / Signs
1Known for playing cranky, obnoxious bullies
2Frequently plays principals or teachers who take no nonsense


1I went into acting because I had nothing more sensible to do. However, once I began acting classes with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio in New York, I found it stimulating and rewarding.


1Had 2 daughters, Shannon Gleason and Caitlin Gleason, and a son.
2Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
3Died three weeks after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a rare form of lung cancer that is linked to asbestos.
4Played minor league baseball in the 1950s.
5Decided to become an actor in 1961 after seeing Splendor in the Grass (1961) with his friend, author Jack Kerouac.
6Was chased by Carl Strano's character in The A-Team (1983)episode, The A-Team: The Trouble with Harry (1986). They also acted together in the Hill Street Blues (1981) episode, Hill Street Blues: Low Blow (1984).
71966 graduate of Florida State University.
8Reportedly owned a restaurant.
9Attended and played football at Florida State University along with fellow actors Burt Reynolds and Robert Urich.




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The Book of Caleb2008James Paddington
Abominable2006Sheriff Halderman
George Lopez2005TV SeriesLou Powers
Cold Case2005TV SeriesStewart Adams
Drake & Josh2004TV SeriesMr. Thompson
Malcolm in the Middle2004TV SeriesMystery Man
Dawson's Creek2003TV SeriesLarry Newman
Dragnet2003TV SeriesMatt Margolis
Sun Gods2002TV Movie
The Guardian2002TV SeriesScott Kollbrenner
Fastlane2002TV SeriesDetective Lannigan
Van Wilder2002Professor McDoogle
Social Misfits2001Warden Doyle
The Myersons2001Dean Hanson
The Organization2001Death
Not Another Teen Movie2001Richard Vernon
Dead Last2001TV SeriesJohnson the CIA Agent
The Weber Show2001TV SeriesPrincipal Squires
The District2001TV SeriesPeter Wendt
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction2000TV SeriesKip Sherman
Red Letters2000Dean Van Buren
The Giving Tree2000Mr. Forrester
Friends2000TV SeriesJack
Diagnosis Murder1999TV SeriesDetective
The Drew Carey Show1999TV SeriesJudge Crawford
Veronica's Closet1999TV SeriesHank
Chicago Hope1999TV SeriesTom McNeil
A*Teens: Dancing Queen1999ShortRichard Vernon (uncredited)
Melrose Place1998TV SeriesJudge Nicholas
Nash Bridges1998TV SeriesMickey Tripp
No Code of Conduct1998John Bagwell
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning1998VideoFather Gil
Day at the Beach1998Detective Johnson
A Time to Revenge1997Whittmar
Grace Under Fire1997TV SeriesStuart Wallace
Walker, Texas Ranger1997TV SeriesDr. Harold Payton
NewsRadio1997TV SeriesSteve Johnson
Boy Meets World1997TV SeriesDean Borak
Money Talks1997Lt. Bobby Pickett
Shadow Conspiracy1997Blythe
Lost on Earth1997TV SeriesGeorge Greckin
Dark Skies1996TV SeriesNelson Rockefeller
One West Waikiki1994-1996TV SeriesCaptain Herzog Captain Dave Herzog
Digital Man1995Dr. Parker
In the Living Years1994Tony
Nothing to Lose1994Elliot
There Goes My Baby1994Mr. Burton (as Paul Xavier Gleason)
I Love Trouble1994Kenny Bacon
Seinfeld1994TV SeriesCushman
Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love1994TV Movie
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1994TV SeriesHenry Harrison
The Waiter1993/IShortFather
Running Cool1993Calvin Hogg
Boiling Point1993/ITransaction Man
Wild Cactus1993Sheriff Brenner
Loaded Weapon 11993FBI Agent
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence1993Hank Cooney
Majority Rule1992TV Movie
The Wonder Years1992TV SeriesArthur Jensen
Murder, She Wrote1989-1992TV SeriesSteve Morrison / Lt. Barney Claymore / Sterling Bose
False Arrest1991TV MovieArthur Ross
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesDet. Robinson
Rich Girl1991Marvin Wells
L.A. Law1991TV SeriesCoach John Lungren
Fourth Story1991TV MovieLt. Hank Petkavich
Married People1990TV Series
Hardball1990TV Series
Miami Blues1990Sgt. Frank Lackley
Father Dowling Mysteries1990TV SeriesSam Byrne
B.L. Stryker1990TV SeriesCody
21 Jump Street1989TV SeriesPhil Daniels
Spooner1989TV MovieRoland Hyde
Life Goes On1989TV SeriesStan Graber
Night Game1989Broussard
Starting Now1989TV ShortHarold
Nightmare Beach1989
Die Hard1988Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
Johnny Be Good1988Wayne Hisler
Supercarrier1988TV Series
She's Having a Baby1988Howard
Beauty and the Beast1987TV SeriesHenry Dutton
Ghost Chase1987Stan Gordon
Forever, Lulu1987Robert
Falcon Crest1987TV SeriesAndy Stryker
Sidekicks1987TV SeriesFargo
Morgan Stewart's Coming Home1987Jay Le Soto
Superior Court1986TV SeriesAttorney
Gimme a Break!1986TV SeriesMr. Kimball
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesGreenleaf
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesBunny Berrigan
The A-Team1984-1986TV SeriesHarry Sullivan / Roy Kelsey
Kate & Allie1986TV SeriesTom Fitzgerald
Doubletake1985TV MovieHenley
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor1985TV MovieJeremitt
Anything for Love1985TV MovieLarry Worth
Dallas1985TV SeriesLt. Lee Spaulding
Challenge of a Lifetime1985TV MovieJohn Schoonover
The Breakfast Club1985Richard Vernon
Magnum, P.I.1984TV SeriesRonnie Meeder / Jacques Arnot
Hill Street Blues1984TV SeriesBiff Lowe
Riptide1984TV SeriesCommander Phillip Everitt / Detective Hallins
Hardcastle and McCormick1984TV SeriesJack Fish
Call to Glory1984TV SeriesMarty Colby
Cagney & Lacey1984TV SeriesDetective Crespi
Remington Steele1984TV SeriesSheriff Jeff 'Jed' Nebbins
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1984TV SeriesEdson Ballon
MysteryDisc: Many Roads to Murder1983Video GameStewart Cavanaugh
Trading Places1983Clarence Beeks
Tender Mercies1983Reporter
MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?1982Video GameStewart Cavanaugh
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper1981Remson
Another Life1981TV SeriesLee Carothers #1 (1982-83)
Fort Apache the Bronx1981Detective
He Knows You're Alone1980Det. Frank Daley
Ike: The War Years1980TV MovieCapt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee
The Great Santini1979Lt. Sammy
Women at West Point1979TV MovieMajor James T. Kirk
Ike: The War Years1979TV Mini-SeriesCapt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee
Vigilante Force1976Michael J. Loonius (as Paul X. Gleason)
Columbo1975TV SeriesParsons
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze1975Long Tom
Adam-121971-1974TV SeriesJohn Suntor / Instructor Chuck Williams / Patrolman Stan Arnold / ...
McCloud1974TV SeriesDetective with Broadhurst
Little Laura and Big John1973Sheriff
Hit Man1972Cop (uncredited)
Banacek1972TV SeriesBorder Guard
Mission: Impossible1972TV SeriesLieutenant Blair
Where Does It Hurt?1972Mr. Leffingwell's Aide
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1971TV SeriesSmith
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1971TV SeriesDetective
Monty Nash1971TV SeriesDoctor
Private Duty Nurses1971Dr. McClintock
All My Children1970TV SeriesDr. David Thornton (1976-1978)
Then Came Bronson1969TV SeriesDeputy
The F.B.I.1968TV SeriesOfficer Dan Ryan
C'mon, Let's Live a Little1967Frat Boy (uncredited)
The Green Hornet1967TV SeriesPaul Garrett
It's About Time1967TV SeriesMan
Petticoat Junction1966TV SeriesMiltary Policeman
Winter A-Go-Go1965Ski Resort Guest
Panic in Year Zero!1962First Gas Station Owner (uncredited)


The Book of Caleb2008associate producer


Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
The Book of Caleb2008in loving memory of


2005 MTV Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Making of Bret Michaels2002Himself
Looking for Richard1996DocumentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Mes Chers Contemporain2016TV SeriesHimself
Family Guy2009TV SeriesDeputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam

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