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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.


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.


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.

Bubba Smith
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.
Photo courtesy Brian Lowe/ZUMA Press/Corbis

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.”


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.
David Graf

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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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