Football and 'Police Academy' star found dead in his L.A. home.
Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1967 NFL draft who later launched a successful acting career, has died at the age of 66. He was found dead today in his L.A. home and appears to have died from natural causes, TMZ reports.
The LAPD and fire department arrived to his home today around 12:45 and made the sad discovery. There were no signs of foul play at Smith’s residence.
During his career as a football star, 6’7″ Charles was a defensive end and tackle for the Baltimore Colts (where the team won a Super Bowl championship in 1971), Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.
Charles later segued successfully into Hollywood as a movie and TV actor, most notably as Moses Hightower in the long-running “Police Academy” movie series. He also guest starred in episodes of “Good Times,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Married…With Children,” and appeared in several memorable commercials in the 1970s.
Rest in peace, Bubba Smith.
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