Newswire: R.I.P. Police Academy and Punky Brewster star George Gaynes

Variety is reporting that George Gaynes, an actor best known for his roles as stern-but-loving father figure Henry on Punky Brewster, and as the affably goofy commandant of the Police Academy franchise, has died. Gaynes was 98.

A long-time stage actor and singer—whose early career included a stint in the cast of the New York Opera—Gaynes made his first TV performance in 1955, on NBC’s Television Opera Theater. From there, he worked steadily for the next 48 years, building up credits on shows like Bonanza, Columbo, and The Defenders. It wasn’t until the 1980s, though—when Gaynes was already in his mid-to-late 60s—that he fully entered the public consciousness with his iconically deep-voiced performances. First, he secured a small-but-memorable role in Dustin Hoffman’s 1982 hit Tootsie, as a male co-worker smitten with Hoffman’s cross-dressing creation. Then, two years later, he was cast as …

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