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George Gaynes

Highest Rated:   100% Marooned (1969)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner
  • Actor
2013
20% Just Married
  • Father Robert
$56.0M 2003
85% Wag the Dog
  • Senator Nole
1997
67% The Crucible
  • Judge Sewall
1996
89% Vanya on 42nd Street
  • Serybryakov
1995
0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
  • Lassard
1994
29% 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
23% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  • Commandant Lassard
1985
67% Micki + Maude
  • Dr. Eugene Glztszki
1984
No Score Yet It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • the Arch Angel
1984
41% Police Academy
  • Commandant Lassard
1984
63% To Be or Not to Be
  • Ravitch
1983
89% Tootsie
  • John Van Horn
1982
77% 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
90% Trilogy of Terror
  • Dr. Chester Ramsey
1975
No Score Yet The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
  • Dr. Marserosian
1973
63% The Way We Were
  • El Morocco Captain
1973
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives
  • Paul McGill
1971
100% Marooned
  • Mission Director
1969
No Score Yet The Group
  • Brook Latham
1966
No Score Yet Les Felins
  • Actor
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1983

Quotes from George Gaynes' Characters