Police Academy star and stand-up comic Art Metrano dies aged 84

Tough Cookies actor Art Metrano has died (Picture: CBS via Getty Images)

Actor and stand up comic Art Metrano has died at 84 from natural causes.

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The Police Acadey star, who played long-suffering Lieutenant Mauser, died at his home in Florida, on Wednesday, his son Harry told The Hollywood Reporter.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Harry told followers: ‘It’s with a heavy heart that I write this caption. Yesterday I lost my best friend, my mentor, my dad. He was and will always be the toughest man I know. I have never met someone who has over come more adversities than him.

‘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.’

He continued: ‘Dad, you will always be a part of me and I will continue to live out your legacy. When someone came up with the quote, “legends never die,” I’m pretty sure they were talking about you dad.

‘I love you and miss you so much! One day I’ll see you again. Rest in Paradise. You’re now my guardian angel 👼🏽❤️’.

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Metrano was well-known for playing officer Ernie Mauser in two Police Academy films and also starred in films such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and The Heartbreak Kid.

Meanwhile, he appeared on TV shows such as Tough Cookies, All in the Family and Bewitched.

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In 1989, his acting career was disrupted when he fell off a ladder while working on the roof of his house and broke his neck.

He later turned the life-changing experience into a one-man stage show called Metrano’s Accidental Comedy, which he performed in a wheelchair and on crutches.

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