George Gaynes

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George Gaynes

Born

5/16/1917, Helsinki, Finland

Birth Name

George Jongejans

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George Gaynes is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy films. He was born George Jongejans on 16 May 1917 in Helsinki, Finland, to an artist and a businessman. Gaynes studied singing in Milan and performed in operas in…more

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    • Gaynes, credited under his real name (George Jongejans,) appeared in Italian and French operas before World War II, and American ones after the war. The latter included the role of Henry Higgins in 1964's "My Fair Lady."

    • Gaynes is arguably best remembered for his portrayal of Bob Baker in the original production of 1953's "Wonderful Town."

    • George Gaynes' family includes:
      -Son:Matthew Gaynes
      -Daughter: Iya Gaynes
      -Father: Gerritt Jongejans
      -Mother: Iya Grigorievna Gay Jongejans Lady Abdy

    • Starred in all seven of the Police Academy movies.

    • Married actress and singer Allyn Ann McLerie on December 20, 1953.

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