By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Actor and comic, Art Metrano who played police captain Ernie Mauser in the second and third Police Academy films is dead.
The comic star died of natural causes at the age of 84.
Confirming his dead, his son Harry, in his grief, wrote: “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 said.
He went further to say that: “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.”
“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,” he concluded.
Metrano’s acting career started in the late 1960s when he made appearances on TV shows like Ironside, Mannix, The Mod Squad, and Bewitched, appearing on multiple episodes.
His first high-profile film role would be in Sydney Pollack’s classic 1969 Depression-era drama They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Metrano’s career was however, derailed in the late 1980s after a serious home accident left him partially paralyzed.