Breakfast Club Actor Dies of Lung Cancer
05/29/2006 AT 09:00 AM EDT
"Whenever you were with Paul, there was never a dull moment," his wife told the Associated Press. "He was awesome."
A native of Miami, Gleason – who for a time in the 1950s played Triple-A minor league baseball – also appeared in Trading Places, Die Hard and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
On TV he played David Thornton on ABC's All My Children in the late '70s.
In addition to his wife, Susan, daughters Shannon and Kaitlin and a granddaughter survive Gleason.