Veteran actor Paul Gleason
, best known to many fans as Principal Richard Vernon in The Breakfast Club
, has died.
Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos.
Personally, the more times I watched The Breakfast Club
through the years, the more I viewed Principal Vernon as a tragic (if not exactly sympathetic) character. I don't know if that's an artifact of getting older or just having seen the movie enough times for the subtleties of Gleason's brilliant delivery to sink in. I like to think it's the latter.
Gleason will be missed, and I am saddened that a proper Breakfast Club reunion movie is now less likely than ever. Yes, I'm serious. Fuck you.