'Police Academy:' Where Are They Now?

VIDEO: After football, Smith found success as actor in the Police Academy movies.
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The "Police Academy" squad is mourning one of their own today.

Bubba Smith, an NFL defensive tackle who found a second career as lovable Moses Hightower in the 1980s and '90s "Police Academy" comedies, was found dead Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 66.

Smith's body was discovered by a caretaker, according to police. Officials believe he died of natural causes.

Smith's "Police Academy" co-star, Steve Guttenberg, released a statement about the actor's passing. "Bubba was my friend," Guttenberg said. "His generosity was far larger than his physical stature."

In addition to lending his talents to the slapstick films, Smith starred in a series of Miller Lite commericals in the '70s. He also appeared in TV series, including "Semi-Tough," "Open All Night" and "Half Nelson."

He was last seen in "Blood River", a 2010 horror movie about a group of college friends on a road trip to a cursed lake.

Click through to see how five of the other "Police Academy" stars have fared since the franchise's last installment.

Kim Cattrall

Cattrall's come a long way since 1984, when she played cadet Karen Thompson in the first "Police Academy" film. These days, she's most famous for her role as man-eater Samantha Jones in the "Sex and the City" TV series and movies. Cattrall can next be seen in the movie "The Treehouse," which is currently in pre-production and slated for a 2012 release.

Steve Guttenberg

Guttenberg, who played cadet Carey Mahoney, went on to star in two other successful film franchises -- "Cocoon," which spawned "Cocoon: The Return," and "Three Men and a Baby," which was followed by "Three Men and a Little Lady." He appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2008 and was eliminated after the third episode.

Donovan Scott

Scott, known to "Police Academy" fans as cadet Leslie Barbara, starred in Olivia Newton John's iconic music video "Physical" before taking a role in 1986 on Lucille Ball's TV series "Life With Lucy." The 64-year-old last made an appearance on the TV series "Eagleheart."

Bruce Mahler

After playing Sgt. Fackler in the first "Police Academy," Mahler took a break from the Hollywood scene to raise his family and breed champion border terriers. He returned to show business to play Rabbi Kirschbaum on "Seinfeld." He now does voiceover work in the Los Angeles area.

Marion Ramsey

Ramsey famously donned a fat suit for her role as the timid Sgt. Laverne Hooks. She most recently appeared in the movies "Recipe for Disaster" and "Return to Babylon".

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