Paul Gleason, RIP

If you can’t place the name, don’t worry. Lots of people can’t either. But one look at this face, and you know who it is.

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That’s Paul Gleason playing principal Richard Vernon in the John Hughes movie, “The Breakfast Club“.

Gleason died today at 67.

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

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.”

In addition to his role in Breakfast Club, I thought he was great in the movie “Trading Places“.

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That’s Paul, the “ape” in the foreground.

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He’ll be missed.

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