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Police Academy: Where Are They Now?

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One of the most popular comedies of 1980s, Police Academy spawned multiple sequels and helped launch the careers of everyone from Steve Guttenberg to Michael Winslow, aka the “Man of 1,000 voices.” While most of the cast reprised their roles in the many sequels, they all went on to a number of interesting roles in TV and film. Take a look below to find out where the cast of Police Academy is now.

12. Steve Guttenberg (Mahoney)

Then: Following his star-making turn in DinerPolice Academy knocked The Gutes into the ’80s A-list. He followed it up with the triple whammy of Cocoon, Short Circuit, and Three Men and a Baby.

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Now: And then he had a pretty quiet ’90s. During the ’00s, Guttenberg had a bit of a comeback as a bad guy on the second season of Veronica Mars. He recently starred in the films Quick to Duck and At the Top of the Pyramid.


11. Kim Cattrall (Thompson)

Then: Cattrall was the go-to ’80s babe thanks to memorable turns in Porky’s and Mannequin.

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Now: Now that we’re finally done with Sex and the City movies, it’ll be interesting to see what Cattrall does next. She’s next slated to star in the TV series Sensitive Skin.


10. Bubba Smith (Hightower)

Then: NFL great Bubba Smith brought his imposing stature and affable charm to the role of the aptly named Hightower.

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Now: In addition to six Police Academy movies, Smith also appeared in Stroker Ace and The Silence of the Hams. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 66.
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9. Donovan Scott (Barbara)

Then: Prior to playing Cadet Barbara, Scott appeared in Popeye and as “Guy who gets powdered by Olivia” in the Olivia Newton John video “Let’s Get Physical.”

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Now: Scott’s recent work has been of the decidedly jolly variety — he played Santa Claus in everything from The Middle to the movie Santa Switch.


8. Michael Winslow (Jones)

Then: Winslow, the “Man of 1,000 Voices,” was known for his appearances on The Gong Show and on the comedy club circuit.

Now: You can see Winslow on tour performing his comedic sounds around the country. You’ve probably also heard him on Robot Chicken and Family Guy where he played himself.


7. David Graf (Tackleberry)

Then: Prior to playing the borderline psychotic Tackleberry, Graf appeared on M*A*S*H and The A-Team.
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Now: Graf sadly died from a heart attack in 2001. He played Tackleberry in seven Police Academy movies as well as on the short-lived PA television show.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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