Paul David Graf (April 16, 1950 – April 7, 2001)

Remembered primarily for appearing in all of the seven Police Academy movies as the socially shy, but overtly gun-totin’, violence lovin’ Eugene Tackleberry, David Graf was a mainstay throughout many, many 80s and 90s TV shows as a guest actor, and as a voice actor. As a fan of Police Academy my whole life, it was a shock when he died. I remember playing with friends in my younger days, pretending to be cops etc, and many of us wanting to pretend they were Tackleberry. It seems that he was a genuine and funny guy who is fondly remembered by everyone he worked with, a gent in an often cruel and spiteful business.

RIP

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