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George Gaynes

George Gaynes as Commandant Eric Lassard
Personal information
Birth nameGeorge Jongejans
Birth dateMay 16, 1917(age 99)
Place of birthHelsinki, Finland
SpouseAllyn Ann McLerie

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George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 16, 1917 Helsinki) is a Finnish-born American actor of stage, screen and television.

He may be best known as Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series, and to television fans as the curmudgeonly Henry Warnimont on the NBC series Punky Brewster, in which his wife, Allyn Ann McLerie, guest-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.

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