George Gaynes

George Gaynes

Highest Rated: 92% Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Lowest Rated: 0% Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)

Birthday: May 16, 1917

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Whether he is best remembered as the screwball Commandant Lassard from the "Police Academy" (1984) franchise, the grumpy but kind hearted Henry Warnimont from the series "Punky Brewster" (NBC, 1984-88), or the amorous soap opera star John Van Horn in the comedy "Tootsie" (1982), actor George Gaynes was a fixture in '80s American pop culture. Originally born in Finland in 1917, Gaynes studied at the Collège Classique Cantonal near Lausanne in Switzerland and later went on to study opera at the Music School of Milan in Italy. He would serve in both the Dutch and British Navies during World War II, before eventually relocating to the United States to focus on acting. He began racking up starring roles in Broadway shows like "The Consul" and "Wonderful Town," and eventually enrolled at the Actors Studio. After marrying a fellow Broadway actress, Allyn Ann McLerie, Gaynes and his new wife relocated to Los Angeles, where he began appearing on TV series like "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973). His memorable role in "Tootsie" would come in 1982, quickly followed by the first of seven "Police Academy" movies in 1984. That same year, Gaynes began starring opposite the precocious Soleil Moon Frye on "Punky Brewster." He would go on to play the recurring character of Arthur Feldman on "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-1991) and make notable appearances in films like "The Crucible" (1996) and "Wag the Dog" (1997) before retiring from acting in 2003. Gaynes died in 2016. He was 98 years old.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
68% 66% The Crucible Judge Samuel Sewall (Character) $7.3M 1996
89% 79% Vanya on 42nd Street Serybryakov (Character) $501.5K 1994
30% 27% The Fantastic Four Professor (Character) - 1994
0% 22% Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Commandant Lassard (Character) - 1994
0% 44% Stepmonster Norman (Character) - 1993
0% 28% Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Commandant Eric Lassard (Character) $10.6M 1989
0% 33% Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Cmndt. Eric Lassard (Character) $17.8M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Power Brokers Judge Hollis D. Dunaway (Character) - 1987
0% 38% Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Commandant Eric Lassard (Character) $28.1M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Taxi Driver in New York The Admiral (Character) - 1987
40% 39% Police Academy 3: Back in Training Commandant Eric Lassard (Character) $40.3M 1986
31% 43% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Commandant Eric Lassard (Character) - 1985
55% 64% Police Academy Commandant Eric Lassard (Character) - 1984
70% 44% Micki & Maude Dr. Eugene Glztski (Character) - 1984
60% 75% To Be or Not to Be Ravitch (Character) - 1983
79% 72% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Dr. Forrest (Character) - 1982
90% 81% Tootsie John Van Horn (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in the Empty Grave David Alden (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman of the Year Harding (Character) - 1976
9% 47% Nickelodeon Reginald Kingsley (Character) - 1976
92% 57% Trilogy of Terror Dr. Chester Ramsey (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 14% The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Dr. Marderosian (Character) - 1973
64% 81% The Way We Were El Morocco Captain (Character) - 1973
20% No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Paul McGill (Character) - 1971
60% 57% The Group Brook Latham (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Whitelaw Savory (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 81% Sliders Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Academy: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
50% No Score Yet Hearts Afire Senator Strobe Smithers (Character) 1992-1993
96% 84% Dinosaurs Elder-in-chief (Guest Voice) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punky Brewster Henry Warnimont (Character) 1984-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Punky Brewster Unknown (Voice) 1985-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet 92% Cheers Malcolm Kramer (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Edward Foxworth (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Frenchman (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Professor Brendan (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962

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