'Police Academy' actor and NFL star Charles 'Bubba' Smith dies
August 3rd, 2011
06:41 PM ET

'Police Academy' actor and NFL star Charles 'Bubba' Smith dies

Former NFL star and movie actor Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith has died, the Los Angeles Coroner's Chief of Forensic Examinations said.

Smith spent nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive end in the '60s and '70s. He's perhaps best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the "Police Academy" movies.

Police and fire officials were called to Smith's Baldwin Hils house after "he was found unresponsive," and pronounced him dead, said Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations and investigation for the coroner. The body will be taken to the coroner's office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death, Winter said.

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  1. Dave O.

    We need at least one a**hole with an insensitive comment on the Internets don't we?

    August 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pubeefa

      Well, yeah!

      August 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whiny White Boy Jus Mad Bubba Blocked His Pink Pig Skin P-I.M=P

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTJBrdXWBLs&w=640&h=360]

      August 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RJWTimes Bradford England

    He will be sorely missed. I send my regards to his family after this tragic news.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George Zaragoza

    R.I.P Charles "Bubba" Smith.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Suzanne

    Very sad, he seemed like a very nice man. God Bless him and his family during this time. RIP big guy!

    August 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MikefromKenner

    I knew little more of Bubba then his roles in Police Academy as Moses Hightower but he was entertaining and you could sense through his presence that he was a good man. He was taken too early from this world I am sorry to say and will be missed by those he touched. May he rest in peace and prayers for his family.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bubba Smith was one of the all time greats of football and will always be remembered.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    RIP Bubba. My 2 favorite things have lost a legend, Football and Police Academy.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jerry

    oh man not Officer Hightower, RIP

    August 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry

    He was multi talented. How old was he?

    August 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Al Bundy

    I will miss passing Peggy to and fro with him.. The knee was not down!

    August 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lee

    FYI – You wrote your comment twice but they already removed the other guys nasty, mean comment that you were referring to.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Curious

    Damn. Will miss you Bubba. R.I.P.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Goodbye, Bubba. Hope your next life is as beautiful as this one was. Thanks for the entertainment you gave us.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mikemor

    R.I.P Bubba you were a great football player and I admired your power on that Ram front 4. Sorry to your family may God bless them .....

    August 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99sparky

      um really?
      Bubba played for the Colts and then the Raiders and finally the Oilers at the end.
      Who in the world are you thinking of?

      August 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ry290

      yep...no bubba no the rams

      August 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ry290

      *on

      August 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Confucius

    Sometimes one must appear wrong to do what is right when so many others do what is wrong in the name of righteousness.. That is all for today.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
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