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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 May 1917Helsinki, Finland, Russia [now Finland]
Date of Death 15 February 2016North Bend, Washington, USA
Birth NameGeorge Jongejans
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

George Gaynes was born on May 16, 1917 in Helsinki, Finland, Russia as George Jongejans. He was an actor, known for Punky Brewster (1984), Police Academy (1984) and Tootsie (1982). He was married to Allyn Ann McLerie. He died on February 15, 2016 in North Bend, Washington, USA.

Spouse (1)

Allyn Ann McLerie (20 December 1953 - 15 February 2016) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Deep grumpy commanding voice

Trivia (30)

Nephew of actor Gregory Gaye.
Son of Iya Abdy (also known as Lady Abdy Jongejans).
Accomplished Broadway musical comedy performer, best remembered as Bob Baker in the original production of "Wonderful Town" (1953).
Appeared in all seven Police Academy movies.
Credited Jacques Tati as being a major influence on him as a comedic actor.
His wife, Allyn Ann McLerie, guest-starred as his love interest on his television series, Punky Brewster (1984).
Studied opera in Milan, Italy.
Spoke seven different languages.
Best known by the public for his starring roles as Henry Warnimont on Punky Brewster (1984) and as Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy (1984) movies.
After appearing in Just Married (2003), he retired from acting in 2003, at age 86.
Was a Democrat.
His second wife Allyn Ann McLerie was born in Canada.
His uncle, Gregory Gaye, died in 1993. He lived to be 92.
His great-grandchild, Portia, was born in 2012.
His father, Gerrit Jongejans, was a Dutch businessman. His mother, Iya Grigorievna De Gay (Lady Iya Abdy), was of mostly Russian ancestry, with smaller amounts of Polish and French roots.
Before he was a film and television actor, he was a singer and established Broadway actor.
Grandfather of Nicole Falcone Stryjak.
Met actress/dancer, Allyn Ann McLerie, in New York City, where they were both performing on Broadway in 1952.
Gaynes and wife Allyn Ann McLerie moved from Los Angeles, California to Santa Barbara, California, in 1989.
In Europe, he served in the Dutch and British Navies during World War II.
Father of Iya and Matthew Gaynes.
His daughter, Iya, was named after his mother.
Acting mentor and friends with Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson.
Due to his appearance, voice and work in comedy, he is sometimes confused with Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen.
After Punky Brewster (1984), Gaynes did not keep in touch with Soleil Moon Frye.
His son Matthew suffered from drug abuse for many years. He died in a car crash in India in 1989. He was traveling through Northern India to Nepal to film a kayaking special for ESPN. Left behind a widow whom he had married earlier that year.
He and his wife, Allyn Ann McLerie, were founders of the State Street Ballet Company in Santa Barbara.
George Gaynes passed away on February 15, 2016, three months away from what would have been his 99th birthday on May 16.
Best known for his roles as Henry Warnimont on Punky Brewster (1984) and Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series.

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