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George Gaynes

Highest Rated:   93% Trilogy of Terror (1975)
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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
75% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner
  • Actor
2013
20% Just Married
  • Father Robert
$56M 2003
86% Wag the Dog
  • Senator Nole
1997
69% The Crucible
  • Judge Sewall
1996
89% Vanya on 42nd Street
  • Serybryakov
1995
0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
  • Lassard
1994
27% 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
  • Pete LassardCommandant Lassard
1986
29% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  • Commandant Lassard
1985
70% Micki + Maude
  • Dr. Eugene Glztszki
1984
No Score Yet It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • the Arch Angel
1984
55% Police Academy
  • Commandant Lassard
1984
60% To Be or Not to Be
  • Ravitch
1983
90% Tootsie
  • John Van Horn
1982
77% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
  • Dr. Forrest
1982
85% 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
8% Nickelodeon
  • Reginald Kingsley
1976
50% Harry and Walter Go to New York
  • Prince
1976
93% Trilogy of Terror
  • Dr. Chester Ramsey
1975
No Score Yet The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
  • Dr. Marserosian
1973
62% The Way We Were
  • El Morocco Captain
1973
20% Doctors' Wives
  • Paul McGill
1971
86% Marooned
  • Mission Director
1969
67% The Group
  • Brook Latham
1966
No Score Yet Les Felins
  • Actor
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sliders
1995-2000
  • Old Quinn Mallory
  • 1999
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
  • Austin's Father
  • 1996
50% Hearts Afire
1992-1995
  • Sen. Strobe Smithers Senator Strobe Smithers
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • Judge Dunaway Judge
  • 1993
  • 1987
No Score Yet Punky Brewster
1984-1988
  • Henry Warnimont
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
87% Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • Malcolm Kramer
  • 1983
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
  • Director
  • 1982
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
  • Banning
  • 1979
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Everett
  • 1972
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
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
  • Mr. Campbell
  • 1962
No Score Yet It's Punky Brewster
1986
  • Voice

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