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David Graf

David Graf

David Graf was an American actor best known for his role as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry in the Police Academy series of films. He died of cardiac arrest in 2001 at a family wedding in Phoenix, AZ.

Graf was born April 15, 1950, in Lancaster, Ohio, and studied theatre at Otterbein College in Westerfield, a suburb of Columbus where he graduated in 1972. He attended graduate school at Ohio State University until 1975, when he dropped out to pursue his acting career.

Graf made his first television appearance on the game show The $20,000 Pyramid, where he teamed with actress Patty Duke. As a struggling actor in the early 1980s, he also took small roles in popular sitcoms, including M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, and the The A-Team.

He made his film debut in 1981 when he played Gergley in the drama Four Friends. Graf later played the trigger-happy Cadet Eugene Tackleberry (later Sgt. Tackleberry) in the 1984 comedy Police Academy, and starred in each of six sequels.

Graf also made notable guest appearances following his role in the Police Academy franchise, including a repeating part in The West Wing, and several appearances in Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

David Graf Facts

BirthdayApril 15, 1950
BirthplaceLancaster, Ohio, USA
Date of deathApril 7, 2001 (age 50)

Selected Filmography

The Brady Bunch Movie
Biology 101
Police Academy 1-7: The Complete Collection
9 Days
Rules of Engagement
Police Academy
Burn After Reading
The Express
Necessary Roughness
Mysterious Skin
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