Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Police Academy Star Art Metrano Dead At 84

 Art Metrano, a stand-up comedian best known for his role as ruthless police captain Ernie Mauser in two “Police Academy” films, has died at the age of 84.

TheGuardian

The actor died of natural causes at his home in Aventura, Florida on Wednesday, his son, Harry Metrano, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

Art Metrano’s acting career spanned almost three decades after he landed his first acting gig in the 1961 thriller “Rocket Attack U.S.A.”

However, his big break came in 1970, when he appeared as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

His most memorable performance was in the 1985 movie “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment ” as long-suffering police boss Ernie Mauser.

He reprised the role a year later with “Police Academy 3: Back in Training.”

In addition to the “Police Academy” franchise, Metrano’s big-screen credits include the 1969 Jane Fonda feature film “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and “History of the World: Part I.”

In 1989, his acting career was disrupted when he fell off a ladder while working on the roof of his house and broke his neck.

He later turned the life-changing experience into a one-man stage show called “Metrano’s Accidental Comedy,” which he performed in a wheelchair and on crutches.

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