'Police Academy' actor George Gaynes dies at 98

George Gaynes passes away at 98. 

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016, 16:18 PM IST
'Police Academy' actor George Gaynes dies at 98
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Los Angeles: Actor George Gaynes, the star of seven 'Police Academy' movies has died. He was 98. The actor passed away on Monday at his daughter Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown's home in North Bend, Washington, reported Variety.

The character actor is best known for playing Commandant Eric Lassard and 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.

His other movie credits include 'The Way We Were', 'Altered States' and 'Wag the Dog'.

The other TV shows he appeared in were 'The Defenders', 'Mission: Impossible', 'Bonanza', 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and 'Hawaii Five-0'.

Born in Helsinki, Finland, on May 16, 1917, Gaynes started his Broadway career in the '50s, starring in the original production of the musical Wonderful Town.

He retired in 2003 and lived in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Washington to stay with his daughter's family.

Gaynes is survived by his wife, actress Allyn Ann McLerie, a daughter, one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.