George Gaynes

Highest Rated: 91% Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Birthday: May 16, 1917
Birthplace: Not Available
Finnish-born actor George Gaynes was a United States citizen for most of his life. Blessed with a superb singing voice and an amiable stage presence, Gaynes rapidly built a reputation as a Broadway musical comedy performer in the '40s and '50s (his best-known appearance was in Wonderful Town, the musical version of My Sister Eileen). Entering films and television in the early 1960s, Gaynes was a regular on the TV daytime dramas Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital, and showed up in such movies as The Group (1968), Marooned (1969) and Doctor's Wives (1971). He was terrific in Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie (1981) as the aging, libidinous soap opera actor who tries to put the make on his co-star "Dorothy Michaels," little suspecting that Dorothy is really the certifiably male Michael Dorsey (Hoffman). In 1984, Gaynes was showcased on two different series, one on TV, the other on the big screen. The TV series was Punky Brewster, wherein Gaynes played photographer Henry Warnimont, the adult guardian of the title character (a little lost girl, played by Soleil Moon Frye); when Punky Brewster was spun off into a cartoon series, Gaynes came along as one of the voice talents. The aforementioned big-screen series was launched with Police Academy (1984), a juvenile comedy that somehow spawned five sequels, all of them featuring Gaynes as long-suffering police chief Lassard. None of his subsequent appearances drew as many laughs as did George Gaynes' setpiece in the first film, in which, while trying to deliver a public speech, he was the unwitting (but increasingly ecstatic) recipient of a prostitute's services. Gaynes appeared in all seven films in the series; he also appeared in films like The Cruicible and Wag the Dog. Gaynes died in 2016, at age 98.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner Actor 2013
20% Just Married Father Robert $56M 2003
85% Wag the Dog Senator Nole 1997
68% The Crucible Judge Sewall 1996
89% Vanya on 42nd Street Serybryakov 1995
0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow Lassard 1994
33% Fantastic Four The Professor 1994
0% Stepmonster Grandfather 1993
0% Police Academy 6 - City Under Siege Lassard 1989
0% Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Cmndt. Eric Lassard 1988
0% Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol Commandant Lassard 1987
40% Police Academy 3: Back in Training Commandant Lassard 1986
29% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Commandant Lassard 1985
71% Micki + Maude Dr. Eugene Glztszki 1984
No Score Yet It Came Upon the Midnight Clear the Arch Angel 1984
39% Police Academy Commandant Lassard 1984
61% To Be or Not to Be Ravitch 1983
89% Tootsie John Van Horn 1982
78% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Dr. Forrest 1982
86% Altered States Dr. Wissenschaft 1980
No Score Yet Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Wylie 1979
No Score Yet The Girl in the Empty Grave Actor 1977
14% Nickelodeon Reginald Kingsley 1976
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings Orestes Bradley 1976
57% Harry and Walter Go to New York Prince 1976
91% Trilogy of Terror Dr. Chester Ramsey 1975
No Score Yet The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Dr. Marserosian 1973
64% The Way We Were El Morocco Captain 1973
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Paul McGill 1971
83% Marooned Mission Director 1969
No Score Yet The Group Brook Latham 1966
No Score Yet Les Felins Actor 1964

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Sliders
1995-2000
Old Quinn Mallory
  • 1999
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Austin's Father
  • 1996
No Score Yet Punky Brewster
1984-1988
Henry Warnimont
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Malcolm Kramer
  • 1983
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
Director
  • 1982
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Banning
  • 1979
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
1965-1971
General
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Senator Purdy
  • 1968
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Dr. Paul Van Bergner
  • 1968

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