George Gaynes

1917 - 2016

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George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 16, 1917 – February 15, 2016) was a Finnish-born 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 1,743,858 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). George Gaynes is the 445th most popular actor (down from 301st in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Finland (down from 16th 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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Among actors, George Gaynes ranks 445 out of 10,030Before him are Lola Montez, Burgess Meredith, Gabriel Byrne, Marie Laforêt, Melanie Griffith, and Sean Bean. After him are Raul Julia, Luke Perry, Petr Shelokhonov, Donnie Yen, Robert Downey Jr., and Groucho Marx.

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Among people born in 1917, George Gaynes ranks 34Before him are Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Melville, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mel Ferrer, Dizzy Gillespie, and Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia. After him are Manolete, Kiro Gligorov, Bourvil, Jack Kirby, James Rainwater, and Joan Clarke. Among people deceased in 2016, George Gaynes ranks 44Before him are Robert Vaughn, George Martin, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Walter Scheel. After him are Michael Cimino, Ray Tomlinson, Ettore Scola, James Cronin, Harry Kroto, and Jacques Rivette.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, George Gaynes ranks 21 out of 509Before him are Arto Paasilinna (1942), Artturi Ilmari Virtanen (1895), Risto Ryti (1889), Mikael Agricola (1510), Johan Gadolin (1760), and Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia (1917). After him are Vissarion Belinsky (1811), Pehr Evind Svinhufvud (1861), Ragnar Granit (1900), Otto Wille Kuusinen (1881), Eero Saarinen (1910), and Linus Torvalds (1969).

Among ACTORS In Finland

Among actors born in Finland, George Gaynes ranks 1After him are Gustaf Molander (1888), Tapio Rautavaara (1915), Kati Outinen (1961), Vesa-Matti Loiri (1945), Tauno Palo (1908), Taina Elg (1930), Jasper Pääkkönen (1980), Pihla Viitala (1982), Joonas Suotamo (1986), and Mikko Leppilampi (1978).

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