George Gaynes, Star of ‘Police Academy’ and ‘Punky Brewster,’ Dead at 98
George Gaynes, best known for “Police Academy” and “Punky Brewster,” has died. He was 98.
The actor died in his daughter’s home in North Bend, Wash on Monday. From THR:
The character actor is best known for playing Commandant Eric Lassard in all seven Police Academy films, as well as the grouchy foster parent Henry Warnimont on the 1980s sitcom Punky Brewster.
Gaynes also starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 film Tootsie, which received 10 Academy Award nominations, although only Jessica Lange won for best supporting actress
On Twitter, his “Punky Brewster” co-star Soleil Moon Frye gave a touching tribute:
The universe just gained a gigantic star. You will be in my heart and soul always & forever.
Your little Punky
RIP George Gaynes
— soleil moon frye (@moonfrye) February 17, 2016
2016 is just non-stop now.