Who hasn’t seen Police Academy or any of the sequels? I reckon mots people have. But one of the actors in the movie had such an interesting life that his story would warrant a movie and would probably become a box office success.
George Gaynes who played the clueless Commandant Lassard was born George Jongejans May 3, 1917, in Helsinki, Finland which was then still, part of the Russian Empire , the son of Iya Grigorievna de Gay , a Russian artist, and Gerrit Jongejans, a Dutch businessman.
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia had abdicated the throne on March 15, two months prior to Gaynes’ birth, and the Empire was about go through some turbulent times, and was already at war.
The Jongejans familyy left the country, and George was primarily raised in France, England, and Switzerland.
George attended college in the vicinity of Lausanne, Switzerland and graduated in 1937…
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