Paul Gleason became an actor after watching Splendor in the Grass with Jack Kerouac. Sixty-some films later, plus Broadway and roles on "Seinfeld," "Friends" and dozens of other TV shows, he died Saturday at St. Joseph's of mesothelioma diagnosed just a month ago. Gleason was probably most recognized for his portrayal of the high school principal who presides over Saturday detention for Brat Packers in The Breakfast Club.
First film credit: "Ski resort guest" in Winter A-Go-Go (1965)
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