Wednesday, August 3, 2011

R.I.P. Bubba Smith

It was announced today that former Baltimore Colt and actor Bubba Smith was found dead in his home in Los Angeles today. Bubba would receive valuable blog space even if he had only been a Baltimore Colt, but he did it way better starring in the Police Academy series (which are awesome... don't let anyone tell you otherwise) as well as appearing in ads for local law firm Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg.

I will always remember him as Lt. Moses Hightower, cohort of Police Academy ne'er-do-well Carey Mahoney (played by Steve Guttenberg). Even when Guttenberg left the franchise after the fourth movie, Smith shouldered on lending his quiet demeanor to the successive films.

Bubba was also a great pitch man, starring in what might have been some of the very first humorous beer commercials, pre-Spuds McKenzie.

He will be missed.