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Old 08-03-11, 08:00 PM   #1
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RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

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Legendary NFL defender Bubba Smith passes away at age 66

Former NFL defensive end and longtime television and movie actor Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday. Coroner's reports have not yet been released, but according to the Los Angeles Times, it is believed that Smith died of natural causes.

Smith attended Michigan State, where he was one of the most dominant collegiate defensive linemen of all time. He won All-America honors in 1965 and 1966, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Selected first overall in the 1967 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts, Smith soon became, along with Deacon Jones, one of the first truly modern-style pass-rushers and sack artists. He played long before sacks were first tabulated as an official NFL statistic in 1982, but he was known from the start of his professional career to be nearly impossible to block.

He played for three teams the Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, appeared in two Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro in 1971. Smith played in two Super Bowls Super Bowl III, which the Colts lost to the New York Jets in an enormous upset, and Super Bowl V, which the Colts won with a last-second field goal against the Dallas Cowboys. Smith retired after the 1976 season, having played in 111 regular-season games.

After his football career ended, Smith became perhaps even more well-known as an actor. He struck gold in the "Police Academy" series of movies, playing the hyper-strong Moses Hightower and providing a series of riotous slapstick scenes.


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Old 08-03-11, 08:05 PM   #2
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

Damn good football player.

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Old 08-03-11, 08:27 PM   #3
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Old 08-03-11, 08:33 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-11, 08:36 PM   #5
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Old 08-03-11, 08:56 PM   #6
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

He was in this great episode of "Married...With Children" as an old rival of Al Bundy's. It was awesome.
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Old 08-03-11, 09:03 PM   #7
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Noooooooooooooooo. It's gonna be a sad night at the Blue Oyster.
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Old 08-03-11, 09:26 PM   #8
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

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He was in this great episode of "Married...With Children" as an old rival of Al Bundy's. It was awesome.
That was a great episode, he was great in it.
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Old 08-03-11, 09:31 PM   #9
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LOVE that married with children ep. SUcks he died. Im too young to have ever seen him play but I grew up with Police Academy

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Old 08-03-11, 09:47 PM   #10
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Old 08-03-11, 10:29 PM   #11
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He was in a few episodes of Married with Children.

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Old 08-03-11, 11:00 PM   #12
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Old 08-04-11, 12:33 AM   #13
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Old 08-04-11, 06:35 AM   #14
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Only 66? That's way too soon.
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Old 08-04-11, 07:38 AM   #15
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I remember him playing a Fed in "Black Moon Rising" back in the 80s, and did quite well in the role. RIP.
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Old 08-04-11, 07:53 AM   #16
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Old 08-04-11, 09:48 AM   #17
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Old 08-05-11, 12:07 AM   #18
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He was in this great episode of "Married...With Children" as an old rival of Al Bundy's. It was awesome.
oh yes I saw him in episode in Married...With Children and oh yes it funny episode and also he appear in Family Matters episode.

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Old 08-05-11, 09:53 AM   #19
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

Oh! I didn't realize who this was at first. I saw some of my sports-following Facebook friends posting this but I didn't know he was in Police Academy.

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Old 08-05-11, 11:59 AM   #20
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

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Noooooooooooooooo. It's gonna be a sad night at the Blue Oyster.
Just reading this comment makes me hear that music in my head! Sad news, though, about Bubba.

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Old 08-05-11, 01:07 PM   #21
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

I had forgotten that Smith had a regular in the short-lived 1981 TV series Open All Night, which I enjoyed greatly at the time but haven't thought about in years.

I've only seen the first Police Academy film, and thought it was just OK, but Smith was probably the best thing in it, with a great, strong screen presence. He was the top-billed star in parts 5 and 6.
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Old 11-02-11, 10:06 PM   #22
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According to the Associated Press, autopsy reports revealed that the 66-year-old, who was found at his Baldwin Hills home in early August by a caretaker, had high levels of phentermine -- a weight loss drug. Smith also had heart disease, an enlarged heart and up to 75 percent blockage of some blood vessels.
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Old 11-02-11, 11:26 PM   #23
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

Sad to hear. I enjoyed his presence in the Police Academy flicks, as shitty as they were.
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Old 11-03-11, 09:13 AM   #24
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Re: RIP Bubba Smith (Police Academy "Hightower")

Couldn't really a find a more appropriate thread but apparently they went Shaq to take over the role of Hightower in Police Academy 8. They want this thing to hit production in September.

http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/1892...l-as-hightower

I really would've figure'd this a series Hollywood would think is ripe for a reboot, not a sequel with the original cast.

I actually enjoy all of the movies, so I'd welcome this for nostalgia more than anything. I wonder who they have in mind to replace Tackleberry.
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