Born George Jongejans on May 16, 1917, in Helsinki as lifted in several Europeans countries, Gaynes got his start in a mid-1950s, guesting on TV array including from The Defenders and Cheyenne. He continued to work by a ’60s and ’70s on such small-screen classics as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo and The Six Million Dollar Man. Gaynes also did some film work during a 1970s, including The Way We Were with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, though was focused on TV.
He co-starred in a 1975 stay classical Trilogy of Terror and, during a late-’70s heyday of a network miniseries, seemed in Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II, Washington: Behind Closed Doors and Scruples. By a early ’80s, he began to measure some-more film roles, including Altered States and dual pics for that he would be best remembered by film buffs. In a 1982 Best Picture Oscar leader Tootsie, he played a soap show star with a vanquish on his new co-star “Dorothy Michaels” — who indeed was struggling actor Michael Dorsey, played by Dustin Hoffman in drag. Two years later, he co-starred as Commandant Lassard in Police Academy, a purpose he would reprise in a half-dozen sequels and a ephemeral 1998 TV series.
Also in 1984, Gaynes was expel in the NBC sitcom Punky Brewster, personification a grouchy encourage father of a pretension impression (Soliel Moon Frye) for a show’s three-year run. He went on to recover on NBC’s The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd from 1989-91 and CBS’ Hearts Afire in 1992-93 and did an arc on Chicago Hope in 1996. He also seemed in a 1990s facilities The Fantastic Four and Wag a Dog.