George Gaynes Dies; ‘Police Academy’ & ‘Punky Brewster’ Regular Was 98

George Gaynes, a impression actor whose six-decade career enclosed Tootsie, all 7 Police Academy films and some-more than 85 episodes of Punky Brewster, died Monday in North Bend, WA.. He was 98. 

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 TootsieRich 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.