Actor Paul Gleason dies at age 67

Paul Gleason, veteran character actor who appeared in scores of films and television shows, died Saturday in a Burbank, California, hospital of lung cancer. He was 67.

Gleason is best remembered as the tough-talking high school principal in the 1985 teen drama The Breakfast Club. His reading of the line "Mess with the bull, you get the horns" gave him a permanent place in pop culture history.

His career began in the '60s, with appearances on Green Hornet and The FBI. He enjoyed a long and varied career, appearing in such TV shows as Mission: Impossible, Adam-12, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Columbo, Hardcastle and McCormick, Magnum P.I., Seinfeld, and Friends. He had a recurring role from 1976 to 1978 on the daytime soap All My Children.

His film credits include Arthur, Trading Places, The Great Santini, and National Lampoon's Van Wilder. In 1988's Die Hard, Gleason had another memorable role as Los Angeles deputy chief of police Dwayne T. Robinson.

Before becoming an actor, Gleason played Triple-A baseball for several minor league teams. Recently he had published a book of poetry. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a granddaughter.

Gleason died of a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma, which has been linked to asbestos inhalation. To learn more, check out the American Lung Association's Web site.

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RIP Paul Gleason
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He was a fantastic actor!



R.I.P. Paul Gleason
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he was great in die hard.
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Rest in peace Mr. Gleason
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Very sad news. My prayers are with his family.
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R.I.P., Mr. Gleason. You were superb as the police officer on The FBI back in 1968!
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RIP Paul Gleason
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Omigod..the Breakfast club is airing right now on ABC/Family channel. I wonder if that is the reason for it.

It doesn't matter really, I am sorry to hear this and send my condolences to his family, friends, coworkers, and fans...
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This is very sad. I loved him in the The Breakfast Club. I bullhorns in honor of him.

Rest in Peace Mr. Gleason.
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i loved him. that's sad.
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very sad. i raise my bullhorns in honor of.
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sad, he was great.
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Loved him in Breakfast Club!! He will be missed.
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I'll always remember him as the bumbling chief in Die Hard. He got all the best dead-pan lines with Agents Johnson and Johnson.

R.I.P.
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"I was in my office, and I heard a ruckus!"
"Could you describe the ruckus, sir?"

This is sad. My grandfather died of lung cancer too, although it was a different kind.
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You mess with the bull, you get the horns...

R.I.P. Mr. Gleason...
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