Art Metrano, who portrayed Officer Ernie Mauser in two Police Academy films, has died. He was 84. In addition to his roles in the 1985 and 1986 installments of the comedic cop series, Metrano also appeared in the 1982 "Happy Days" spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi" and guest-starred on "All in the Family," "Bewitched," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Mod Squad," among other TV shows.
Metrano's son, Harry Metrano, revealed the news on Instagram by sharing a series of photos of him and his father."It's with a heavy heart that I write this caption. Yesterday I lost my best friend, my mentor, my dad. He was and will always be the toughest man I know," Harry wrote in the caption. "I have never met someone who has overcome more adversities than him."
He added, "He's fought and won so much over the years that I always viewed him as indestructible, but the truth is we don't live forever on earth, but a person's spirit can live forever within you. Dad, you will always be a part of me and I will continue to live out your legacy. When someone came up with the quote, 'legends never die,' I'm pretty sure they were talking about you dad. I love you and miss you so much! One day I'll see you again. Rest in Paradise. You're now my guardian angel”
Harry's wife, Melissa, also shared the news on Instagram, writing a sweet tribute to her father-in-law. "Heaven gained another angel yesterday with the passing of my father-in-law Art Metrano. ?ﾟﾏﾼ He was truly a one-of-a-kind person that made everyone around him laugh," Melissa wrote. "Not only was he an amazing film & television actor, comedian and author but he overcame adversity after a terrible accident years ago leaving him with a broken neck and injured spinal cord."
"They thought he may never be able to use his arms & legs again but he continued to prove everyone wrong and lived a life full of amazing memories, accomplishments, and time with family. I'm so thankful he met Izzy (she looks so much like him) and that we had so many great years together. My heart hurts but I know he is smiling down on all of us and would want us to continue on and celebrating his life always," she added. "RIP ❤️."
In addition to getting an epoxy shampoo in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) and having his eyebrows ripped off in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), Art Metrano showed up on the big screen in Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973), History of the World, Part One (1981), Breathless (1983), Teachers (1984) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998).