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George Gaynes
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Gaynes in 1964
Born
George Jongejans

(1917-05-16)May 16, 1917
Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
Died February 15, 2016(2016-02-15) (aged 98)
Nationality Russian-American
Years active 1940s–2003
Known for Commandant Eric Lassard in Police Academy movie series
Spouse(s) Allyn Ann McLerie (1953–2016)
Children 2
Relatives George Gaye (Uncle)

George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 16, 1917 – February 15, 2016) was a Russian-born American actor. He is known for his roles as Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy movie series and as Henry Warnimont in Punky Brewster.

Gaynes was born on May 16, 1917 in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire.His uncle was actor George Gaye. Gaynes married Allyn Ann McLerie in 1953. They have two children.

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