Punky Brewster Star George Gaynes Dies At 98

Actor George Gaynes, star of the Police Academy movies and the cranky foster parent in the 1980s sitcom Punky Brewster, has died.

Gaynes – who played the  absentminded Commandant Eric Lassard in all seven  films Police Academy films, passed away on Monday at the age of 98.

According to Variety, Gaynes  died in North Bend in Washington State and his death death was confirmed by his daughter, Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown.

Gaynes was also known for playing mob boss Frank Smith on General Hospital, as well his stage work.

On Tuesday night his Punky co-star Soleil Moon Frye tweeted a heartfelt memorial to her on-screen adoptive father.

‘The universe just gained a gigantic star. You will be in my heart and soul always & forever. Your little Punky RIP George Gaynes,’ Soleil wrote.

Gaynes also  played a soap opera star who ended up kissing Dustin Hoffman in drag as Dorothy Michaels in the 1982 movie Tootsie.


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