Friday, 24 January 2003

As alluded to earlier I actually sat down and watched the majority of Police Academy 3 last night.

I finally got around to looking it up on IMDB to see how many of the cast managed to rescue their careers afterwards, and these are the sad tales I discovered.

TSP proudly presents Police Academy 3 - Where are they now?

Steve Guttenberg (Mahoney) 'starred' in another sequel, did Three Men and a Little Lady then fell off the face of the earth so violently that his last role was in the awesome sounding "PS. Your Cat Is Dead". Of course if you listened to the Simpsons you'd know that the Stonecutters were the only reason he was ever star anyway.

Bubba Smith (Hightower) showed up for two more sequels before appearing in such high quality drama as MacGyver and Family Matters, often as 'himself'.

David Graf (Tackleberry) died in 2001, so it would be nasty to comment any further than to say that despite having the worst character name in the history of cinema and actually making it through the entire series (including the shithouse Mission To Moscow) he made quite a career out of the films. As Tom Arnold in "Roseanne: The Unauthorised Biography" and "Alcoholic" in "Hijacked: Flight 285" he was just starting to get on a roll when his life was tragically cut short.

Michael Winslow (Jones) did about 300 appearances on "Hey Hey It's Saturday" and wins an award for not only appearing in all 7 movies but also the extremely short lived TV series. His major contribution to society has been funny voices.

Marion Ramsey (Hooks) appeared in 8 films during her career. Six of them were Police Academy movies. This was truly a career never destined to get going. She was also in an episode of the Nanny, which is a welcome addition on any acting resume.

Leslie Easterbrook (Callahan - and what a hillarious gag that is) came to the Academy series with impressive credentials. Appearing in such quality shows as "Trapper John MD", "The Love Boat", "Dukes of Hazzard" and "Matlock" it was only natural that she'd have a long and fruitful career ahead of her. Unfortunately it all went a bit haywire after the 7th movie and she ended up in the curiously titled project "F.A.R.T. the Movie". Also appeared in the Police Academy TV series, having ludicrously graduated to a District Attorney. I always thought she was attractive in a "oh god she's going to rip my head off and spit down the gaping hole" sort of way.

As for the rest of them the Commander dude was in Chicago Hope for a couple of seasons and Bobcat Goldthwaite broke the buzzer on a Sale of the Century celebrity challenge when he was hepped up on goofballs.

IMDB gives the film a 3.6/10, and believe me it was probably lucky to get that.

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