Another legendary actor was lost on Feb. 15. George Gaynes, famous for his roles in ‘Police Academy’ and ‘Punky Brewster’ passed away at the age of 98 years old. We have all the devastating details, here.
George Gaynes sadly passed away on Feb. 15 at the noble age of 98. The acting legend was featured in hits like Police Academy and Punky Brewster, and his passion and charisma will most certainly be missed. Here’s what we know so far.
We hate losing talented people. George joined the ranks of lost legends on Feb. 15, when he passed away at his daughter Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown’s home in North Bend, Washington, she confirmed to the New York Times. Though it’s absolutely devastating that George has passed, it’s comforting to know that he lived to the ripe old age of 98, and that he had an incredibly successful life.
George was older in his acting years, securing a role in the hit TV show Punky Brewster when he was already 67. But that didn’t slow him down at all. Before his touching portrayal of Henry Warnimont, Punky’s foster-turned-adoptive dad, he played in two major film roles.
First, he was in the film Tootsie, opposite of Dustin Hoffman. He played a soap opera actor trying to win the heart of his co-star, who was actually a man masquerading as a woman. In his following film Police Academy, he portrayed the commander of a crew of misfit police recruits who must whip them into shape. He always brought warmth and familiarity to his character roles, and made a lasting impression on Hollywood for that charisma. George will certainly be missed, and we’re sending all of our love and prayers to his family in this tough time.
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