Art Metrano (died September 8th, aged 84)
Stand-up comedian Art Metrano, who was best known for his role as police captain Ernie Mauser in the second and third Police Academy films, passed away on September 8th at the age of 84. His son, Harry, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died of natural causes at his home in Aventura, Florida.
Though Metrano had been acting in movies and TV shows since 1961, his big break came in 1970, when he appeared as a stand-up comic on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Aside from his most memorable performance as Ernie in the Police Academy franchise, Metrano also famously appeared in the 1969’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid, and 1981’s History of the World: Part I. He also starred in a one-man stage show called Metrano’s Accidental Comedy, which he performed in a wheelchair and on crutches, following his 1989 accident, in which he fell off a ladder while working on the roof of his house.