ACTOR Art Metrano of Police Academy fame has passed away at the age of 84.
The actor – who suffered a horrendous accident in the 80s – died in September 2021.
What freak accident left Art Metrano partially paralysed?
In 1989, Art suffered a devastating injury after he fell off a ladder while working on the roof of his Los Angeles home.
He fractured three vertebrae, rendering him a quadriplegic, although he did regain movement in his arms and legs later on.
When announcing his father’s passing, son Harry said: “He was at the peak of his career when that happened, and then it just stopped.
“But he managed to enjoy life and overcome adversity.”
Art’s family added: “Art would want all of his friends and family to continue to smile when they think of him and to laugh and continue on celebrating life.”
Who was Art Metrano?
Art was best known for playing pompous cop boss Ernie Mauser in the second and third Police Academy comedies.
In the famous 80s films, Mauser was the butt of the jokes as he lost his eyebrows and shampooed his hair with epoxy resin.
The Brooklyn actor also played the role of Rico Mastorelli, the manager of his nephew Chachi (Scott Baio), Joanie (Erin Moran), and their rock band, on Joanie Loves Chachi, which was a spinoff of Happy Days.
The TV star guest-starred on cop dramas such as The Mod Squad, Barney Miller, Starsky And Hutch, and L.A. Law.
After recovering from his accident, he started a one-man show, Metrano’s Accidental Comedy, and came out on stage in a motorized wheelchair.
What was Art Metrano’s cause of death?
The stand-up comedian died from natural causes at his Aventura, Florida home on September 9, 2021.
After news that the actor had passed away, Police Academy fans jumped on to social media to praise the comedic actor and send their condolences.
One fan tweeted: “R.I.P. Art Metrano. I cannot count how many times this video has made my kids laugh (at least not without a little magic). Someone in our house regularly sings the song.”
Another fan wrote: “RIP Art Metrano; Police Academy actor and stand-up comic had a great mock magic act that impressed amateur magician Johnny Carson.
“His comeback from breaking three vertebrae in a fall from a ladder in 1989 was truly inspirational.”
He is survived by his wife, Jamie, his first wife, Rebecca, and his four children – Harry (and his wife, Melissa), Zoe (Mark), Roxanne and Howard, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.