George Gaynes in 1964
May 3, 1917
Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
February 15, 2016 98) (aged|
North Bend, Washington, U.S.
Dutch (1917–1948) |
|Occupation||Actor · Voice actor · Singer · Comedian|
Police Academy |
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Allyn Ann McLerie (m. 1953; his death 2016)|
Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown |
Gerrit Jongejans (father) |
Iya Grigorievna de Gay (mother)
|Relatives||Gregory Gaye (Uncle)|
|Service/branch||Royal Netherlands Navy|
|Years of service||1943–1946|
HNLMS Oranje Nassau |
George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 3, 1917 – February 15, 2016) was an American singer, actor, voice artist, and comedy performer of stage, screen, and television. Born to Dutch and Russian parents in Finland, he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy during World War II and subsequently immigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen and began his acting career on Broadway.
Gaynes' most recognized roles in cinema were, arguably, that of Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series and the comedy film Tootsie. To television fans, he is perhaps best remembered as the curmudgeonly but lovable foster parent Henry Warnimont on the NBC series Punky Brewster; as high-powered theatrical producer Arthur Feldman on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, in which Gaynes' real-life wife, Allyn Ann McLerie, co-starred as his love interest; and as Frank Smith, the mob boss brought down by Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) on the soap opera General Hospital.
Gaynes was born on May 3, 1917, in Helsinki, in what was then the Grand Duchy of Finland and part of the Russian Empire (Finland became independent that year), the son of Iya Grigorievna de Gay (later known as Lady Abdy), a Russian artist, and Gerrit Jongejans, a Dutch businessman. His uncle was the actor Gregory Gaye. He was raised in France, England, and Switzerland. Gaynes graduated from the Collège Classique Cantonal near Lausanne in 1937. He also attended the Music School of Milan from 1938 to 1939, and many years later trained at the Actors Studio in New York City from 1953 to 1958.
World War II
In 1940, Gaynes lived in France but after the Battle of France and the German occupation he escaped to Pyrenees but was soon arrested by the Francoist Spain police. In 1942 after his release Gaynes intended to return to the Netherlands to join the Dutch resistance against the Nazi occupation, but instead made his way to the United Kingdom to enlist in the Royal Netherlands Navy. On April 8, 1943, Gaynes was commissioned as a seaman recruit and assigned to the auxiliary ship HNLMS Oranje Nassau which was stationed in Holyhead in Wales. Because of his multilingualism, he spoke Dutch, English, French, Italian and Russian was detached on May 1, 1943 to the Royal Navy as a translator assigned to the convoy commodore HMS Hilary which participated during July and August 1943 in Operation Husky the Allied invasion of Sicily. On September 1, 1943, Gaynes was reassigned to the destroyer HMS Wilton which participated during January 1944 in the Battle of Anzio. On January 1, 1944, he was promoted to Sergeant (Petty officer, 1st class). After the Battle of Anzio, the HMS Wilton was assigned to the Adriatic Sea and continued to see action during the Adriatic Campaign. On July 14, 1946, Gaynes was honorable discharged from the Royal Netherlands Navy.
In 1946, Gaynes returned to France but an American theater director offered him a role in a Broadway musical and he moved to New York City later that year and became a American citizen in 1948. During this time, his best-known appearances were in Wonderful Town and the musical version of My Sister Eileen. Gaynes alternated between stage musicals and both comedic and dramatic plays, including his role as Bob Baker in the original production of Wonderful Town (1953), Jupiter in the Cole Porter musical Out of This World (credited as George Jongejans), Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and as Henry Higgins in the 1964 U.S. tour of My Fair Lady. In television, Gaynes played the role of Henry Warnimont, the eventual foster father for Punky Brewster in the eponymous series. He also provided the voice for Henry in the animated Ruby-Spears version of the show. Behind the camera, he directed the very last episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. Films in which he appeared include The Way We Were, Nickelodeon, and Tootsie.
Entering films and television in the early 1960s, Gaynes was a regular on the TV daytime dramas Search for Tomorrow (replacing Robert Mandan in the role of Jo's husband, Sam Reynolds) and General Hospital (originating the role of mobster Frank Smith), and showed up in such movies as The Group (1966), Marooned (1969), and Doctor's Wives (1971). He appeared in one episode of the sci-fi television series Sliders as the old-aged version of Quinn Mallory, played by Jerry O'Connell. In 1984, he played Commandant Lassard, the titular leader, in the first of seven Police Academy movies. In 1994, he played Serybryalzov in Louis Malle's acclaimed independent feature, Vanya on 42nd Street.
Gaynes was married to the stage and television actress and dancer Allyn Ann McLerie from December 20, 1953; they had two children, Matthew (Matt) and Iya. After early teenage experimentation with marijuana, Matthew was sent to the Catalina Island School; there he learned ocean kayaking, and his life changed completely. He grew to be one of the most respected kayakers of his generation; he was shortlisted for the Olympic team the year that President Jimmy Carter boycotted the Olympics after the Russians invaded Afghanistan. Matt died in a car crash in India in 1989. He was on his way to Nepal to film a kayaking special for ESPN. He was not the driver, and the car had no seatbelts. He left behind a widow whom he had married earlier that year. Iya Gaynes Falcone, a lawyer, served as campaign director for a variety of California political candidates, and then ran for office herself in Santa Barbara. She served on the Santa Barbara City Council for two terms. During a subsequent run for mayor, her husband of many years died, and she took actions that effectively withdrew herself from the campaign. She has since remarried.
In addition to Gaynes joining the cast of his wife's series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd in 1989, he and McLerie had previously worked together on Punky Brewster, when she guest starred in a first-season episode as a love interest of Henry Warnimont's. In an interview from 2011, he stated that he had an "easy", "open", and "cordial" relationship with his Punky Brewster co-star Soleil Moon Frye, but added that they never had any relationship outside of their work. He also added that the series' dog, "Brandon the Wonder Dog", was named after the NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff.
|1963||PT 109||PT boat base commander||A biographical war film, which depicts the actions of John F. Kennedy (JFK) as an officer of the United States Navy in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109, during the Pacific War of World War II., Uncredited|
|1966||The Group||Brook Latham||Ensemble film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the novel of the same name by Mary McCarthy.|
|1969||Marooned||Mission Director||Eastmancolor film directed by John Sturges, based on the 1964 novel Marooned by Martin Caidin.|
|1971||Doctor's Wives||Paul McGill||Drama film directed by George Schaefer.|
|1973||The Boy Who Cried Werewolf||Dr. Marderosian||Horror film directed by Nathan H. Juran.|
|Slaughter's Big Rip-Off||Warren||Blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Douglas.|
|The Way We Were||El Morocco Captain||Romantic-drama film directed by Sydney Pollack, and considered one of the greatest romance films ever made.|
|1976||Harry and Walter Go to New York||Prince||Period comedy film, written by John Byrum & Robert Kaufman and directed by Mark Rydell.|
|Nickelodeon||Reginald Kingsley||Comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich.|
|1980||Altered States||Dr. Wissenschaft|| |
|1982||Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid||Dr. John Hay Forrest||Comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner.|
|Tootsie||John Van Horn||Comedy film directed by Sydney Pollack.|
|1983||To Be or Not to Be||Ravitch||War comedy film, directed by Alan Johnson and produced by Mel Brooks.|
|I'm Going to Be Famous|
|1984||Police Academy||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson.|
|Micki + Maude||Dr. Eugene Glztszki||Comedy film directed by Blake Edwards.|
|1985||Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Comedy film directed by Jerry Paris, and the first of six sequels in the Police Academy series.|
|1986||Police Academy 3: Back in Training||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Comedy film directed by Jerry Paris, and the second of six sequels in the Police Academy series.|
|1987||The Numbers Game||Don Salvatore||Directed and co-written by Giancarlo Giannini.|
|Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Comedy film directed by Jim Drake, and the third of six sequels in the Police Academy series.|
|Un tassinaro a New York||The Admiral||Italian film directed and co-written by Alberto Sordi.|
|1988||Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Comedy film directed by Alan Myerson, and the fourth of six sequels in the Police Academy series.|
|1989||Police Academy 6: City Under Siege||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Comedy film directed by Peter Bonerz, and the fifth of six sequels in the Police Academy series.|
|1994||Police Academy: Mission to Moscow||Cmdt. Eric Lassard|| |
|Vanya on 42nd Street||Serybryakov||An intimate, interpretive performance of the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, as adapted by David Mamet and directed by Louis Malle.|
|The Fantastic Four||Professor||An independent superhero film; unreleased.|
|1996||The Crucible||Judge Samuel Sewall||Drama film written by Arthur Miller adapting his play of the same title, inspired by the Salem witchcraft trials, and directed by Nicholas Hytner.|
|1997||Wag the Dog||Senator Cole|
|2003||Just Married||Father Robert||Romantic comedy film directed by Shawn Levy., (Last appearance)|
|1962||Cheyenne||Rod Delaplane||Episode: "Vengeance is Mine"|
|The Defenders||John Ames||Episode: "The Last Six Months" (S. 1: Ep. 27).|
|Hawaiian Eye||Roger Korvin||Episode: "The Broken Thread" (S. 4: Ep. 4).|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Mr. Campbell||Episode: "Ride the Nightmare" (S. 1: Ep. 11).|
|1963||Empire||Guest||Episode: "The Four Thumbs Story" (S. 1: Ep. 15).|
|The Gallant Men||Major Neumann||Episode: "Operation Secret" (S. 1: Ep. 19).|
|East Side/West Side||Mr. Stowe||Episode: "Who Do You Kill" (S. 1: Ep. 7).|
|1965||The Patty Duke Show||Gaylord||Episode: "The Perfect Hostess" (S. 2: Ep. 18).|
|1968||Bonanza||Purdy||Episode: "The Late Ben Cartwright" (S. 9: Ep. 22).|
|Mannix||Professor Brendan||Episode: "Who Will Dig the Graves?" (S. 2: Ep. 8).|
|Mission: Impossible||Dr. Paul van Bergner||Episode: "The Elixir" (S. 3: Ep. 7).|
|1970||Hawaii Five-O||Thurman Elliott||Episode: "Kiss the Queen Goodbye" (S. 2: Ep. 25).|
|1971||Hogan's Heroes||3 Star US Army Air Corp General||Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go" (S. 6: Ep. 15).|
|Search for Tomorrow||Sam Reynolds||Replacement for Robert Mandan.|
|1972||Columbo||Everett||Episode: "Étude in Black" (S. 2: Ep. 1).|
|Search||Major Giles Matthews||Episode: "In Search of Midas" (S. 1: Ep. 8).|
|1973||Columbo||Frenchman||Episode: "Any Old Port in a Storm" (S. 3: Ep. 2).|
|1974||The Six Million Dollar Man||General Wiley||Episode: "Nuclear Alert" (S. 2: Ep. 1).|
|Cannon||Edward Foxworth||Episode: "The Avenger" (S. 4: Ep. 7).|
|McMillan & Wife||Burton Rohner||Episode: "Guilt by Association" (S. 4: Ep. 4).|
|1975||Trilogy of Terror||Dr. Chester Ramsey|
|McCloud||Floyd Spencer||Episode: "Fire!" (S. 6: Ep. 3).|
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Orestes Bradley||Made-for-TV-Movie|
|City of Angels||Eisley||Episode: "Palm Springs Answer" (S. 1: Ep. 7).|
|Rich Man, Poor Man Book II||Max Vincent||Miniseries|
|Black Sheep Squadron||Gen. Chennault|| Episodes: |
|The Quest||Gotham||Episode: "Day Of Outrage" (S. 1: Ep. 4).|
|Delvecchio||Commissioner Schaub||Episode: "Hot Spell" (S. 1: Ep. 8).|
|1977||Washington: Behind Closed Doors||Brewster Perry||Miniseries|
|Carter Country||Murdock||Episode: "Out of the Closet" (S. 1: Ep. 3).|
|1979||Quincy, M.E.||Airline Executive||Episode: "Aftermath" (S. 4: Ep. 16).|
|Stockard Channing in Just Friends||Rock La Rue||Episode: "Health May Be Hazardous" (S. 1: Ep. 5).|
|WKRP In Cincinnati||Henri||Episode: "Jennifer's Home For Christmas" (S. 1: Ep. 11).|
|1980||General Hospital||Frank Smith||Contract role|
|1981||Evita Peron||Evita's Doctor||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Marvin J. Chomsky.|
|1982||Quincy, M.E.||Powell Dixon||Episode: "The Unquiet Grave" (S. 7: Ep. 21).|
|1983||Cheers||Malcolm Kramer||Episode: "Where There's A Will" (S. 2: Ep. 12).|
|1984||Blue Thunder||Doctor Willi Von Hartig||Episode: "Payload" (S. 1: Ep. 8).|
|ABC Afterschool Special||Cmdr. Arnold Arrangussen||Episode: "Mom's On Strike" (S. 13: Ep. 4)|
|1984-87||Punky Brewster||Henry Warnimont||Contract role|
|1986||Hotel||Gerald Milburn||Episode: "Scapegoats" (S. 3: Ep. 12)|
|1987||Punky Brewster||Lars Warnimont||Episode: "It's a Dog's Life" (S. 3: Ep. 10).|
|Matlock||Judge Hollis D. Dunaway|| Episodes: |
|1989||The New Lassie||Mr. Ogilvy||Episode: "Dangerous Party (a.k.a. Halloween)" (S. 1: Ep. 6).|
|1989–91||The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Arthur Feldman||Contract role|
|1992||Dinosaurs||Elder in Chief||Episode: "Nuts to War, part 2" (S. 2: Ep. 20).|
|1992–93||Hearts Afire||Senator Strobe Smithers||Contract role|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Brook Austin||Recurring|
|1998||Police Academy: The Series||Cmdt. Eric Lassard||Episode: "Lend Me Your Ears" (S. 1: Ep. 15).|
|1999||Sliders||Old Quinn Mallory||Episode: "Roads Taken" (S. 4: Ep. 21).|
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