Art Metrano – famed for playing police captain Ernie Mauser in the second and third Police Academy films – had died
Art Metrano has died at the age of 84.
The American stand-up comedian best known for playing police captain Ernie Mauser in the second and third Police Academy films has passed away from natural causes, his son, Harry, told TMZ.
Art died at his home in Aventura, Florida in Florida.
Grief-stricken Harry told the outlet: “I lost my best friend.”
“He was and will always be the toughest man I know.
“I have never met someone who has overcome more adversities than him.”
Harry went on: “He’s fought and won so much over the years that I always viewed him as indestructible, but the truth is we don’t live forever on earth, but a person’s spirit can live forever within you.”
Art also played Rico Mastorelli on the 1982-83 ABC sitcom Joanie Loves Chachi – a spinoff of Happy Days.
Early on in his acting career, his path was derailed after a serious home accident left him partially paralyzed.
The actor fell from a ladder, landed on his head and fracturing his first, second and seventh vertebrae.
The horrific accident left him a quadriplegic, but he made a remarkable recovery and turned his setback into an opportunity to branch out in his career.
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