George Gaynes

1917 - 2016

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George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 16, 1917 – February 15, 2016) was a Russian-American singer, actor, and voice artist. Born to Dutch and Russian-Finnish parents in the Grand Duchy of Finland of the Russian Empire, he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy during World War II, and subsequently emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen and began his acting career on Broadway. Gaynes' most recognized roles in cinema were that of Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series and as John Van Horn in the 1982 comedy film Tootsie. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Gaynes has received more than 2,118,734 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. George Gaynes is the 530th most popular actor (down from 409th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Finland (down from 18th in 2019) and the most popular Finnish Actor.

George Gaynes is most famous for playing Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy films.

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  • 36

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  • 3.16

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year George Gaynes has had the most page views in the with 210,332 views, followed by Russian (29,814), and German (21,180). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ido (105.96%), Simple English (100.00%), and Portuguese (57.93%)


Among actors, George Gaynes ranks 530 out of 13,578Before him are Claudia Mori, Desmond Llewelyn, Sean Bean, Mickey Rooney, Michèle Morgan, and Richard E. Grant. After him are Totò, John Cassavetes, Bette Midler, Leslie Howard, Mildred Harris, and Tom Waits.

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Among people born in 1917, George Gaynes ranks 41Before him are John Lee Hooker, Fernando Rey, Herbert A. Hauptman, Kiro Gligorov, John Kendrew, and Jane Wyman. After him are Leonid Hurwicz, Mel Ferrer, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, Danielle Darrieux, Edward Norton Lorenz, and Jack Kirby. Among people deceased in 2016, George Gaynes ranks 52Before him are René Angélil, George Martin, Michael Cimino, Michel Galabru, Ahmed Zewail, and Michèle Morgan. After him are Junko Tabei, Viktor Korchnoi, Ettore Scola, Harry Kroto, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, George Gaynes ranks 30 out of 751Before him are Johan Gadolin (1760), Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865), Ragnar Granit (1900), Linus Torvalds (1969), Kyösti Kallio (1873), and Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804). After him are Otto Wille Kuusinen (1881), Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia (1917), Mauno Koivisto (1923), Mika Häkkinen (1968), Albert Edelfelt (1854), and Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg (1865).

Among ACTORS In Finland

Among actors born in Finland, George Gaynes ranks 1After him are Matti Pellonpää (1951), Kati Outinen (1961), Gustaf Molander (1888), Tapio Rautavaara (1915), Vesa-Matti Loiri (1945), Siri von Essen (1850), Peter Franzén (1971), Stina Ekblad (1954), Taina Elg (1930), Tauno Palo (1908), and Jasper Pääkkönen (1980).

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