Paul Gleason Biography
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Dr. David Thornton’ in TV Series ‘All My Children’)
Birthday: May 4, 1939 (Taurus)
Born In: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Paul Gleason was an American actor best known for his roles in the TV series ‘All My Children’ and the movies ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Trading Places’, and ‘Die Hard’. The actor mostly appeared as pompous men, tough guys, bullies, and white-collar sleazebags, and enjoyed a successful career by playing such unlikeable characters. Being an athlete as a youngster, he enrolled in the Florida State University on a football scholarship and also played minor league baseball for two teams. Although he initially thought that his future was in sports, he changed his mind suddenly after watching the movie ‘Splendor in the Grass’ (1961). He took his first formal acting training at Lee Strasberg’s famed Actors Studio in New York and appeared on Broadway in ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ after which he made his film debut in ‘Winter A-Go-Go.’ He married Candy Moore in 1971 and divorced her in 1978. Later, he married Susan Kehl in 1995 and remained married to her until his death. They had a daughter and a son. On May 27, 2006, he died from pleural mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer connected with asbestos, in a hospital in Burbank, California.