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Why Police Academy Reunion Will Never Happen

The announcement of a Police Academy reboot was noted early January, with Tosh.0 producer Scott Zabielski at the helm. The original producer of the series Paul Maslansky has also signed on to get the modern upbeat series going, which made Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow, and Bubba Smith household names.

While we’re sitting anxiously to see how far theyget with creating the new vision with an all new cast, we won’t get to see a reunion of the original cast. Here’s why:

Bubba Smith

Playing the big strong man Moses Hightower of the series for six films, Smith passed away August 3, 2011 from a combination of drug intoxification and heart disease.

David Graf

Starring in all seven films as gun loving Eugene Tackleberry, Graf left our world April 7, 2001 suffering a fatal heart attack at a family wedding.

Billie Bird

Playing C.O.P. Mrs Feldman in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol and Police Academy 5, Bird shared a good innings until November 27, 2002 after a battle with Alzheimers Disease.

Tab Thacker

Appearing in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol and Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Thacker played new recruit Thomas “House” Conklin. However, due to his size, Thacker developed diabetes and had failing health, losing both legs. He passed away 28 December, 2007.

Debralee Scott

Playing Mrs Fackler to Cadet Douglas Fackler from Police Academy, Mrs Fackler joins the recruitment force in Police Academy 3: Back In Training.

Scott passed away after slipping into a coma for the second time April 5, 2005 – reasons unexplained.

Kenneth Mars

Playing the Mayor / Mastermind  in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, Mars lost his fight to pancreatic cancer February 12, 2011

Arthur Batanides

Appearing as Cadet Kathleen Kirkland’s father Mr Kirkland in Police Academy 2 – 4, and 6,  the father who just loves to punch his children for a laugh, Batanides passed away January 10, 2000.




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