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Actor and comedian Art Metrano has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The Brooklyn-born star died of natural causes at his Florida home on Wednesday, his son told the outlet. He was 84.Metrano was best known for his comedic contributions to film…

Actor and comedian Art Metrano has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Brooklyn-born star died of natural causes at his Florida home on Wednesday, his son told the outlet. He was 84.

Metrano was best known for his comedic contributions to film. He played cop boss Ernie Mauser in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) and Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986). 

Police Academy actor and comedian Art Metrano dead at 84.

In the '80s, he also played Rico Mastorelli in the Happy Days spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, playing the manager of onscreen nephew Chachi's (Scott Baio) rock band on the sitcom.

Art Metrano stars in Police Academy.

Metrano has also guest-starred on hit TV shows such as All in the Family, Bewitched, Starsky and Hutch and Mod Squad.

"Art would want all of his friends and family to continue to smile when they think of him and to laugh and continue on celebrating life," his family said in a statement to THR

Metrano was survived by his wife, former professional tennis player Jamie Golder, first wife Rebecca Chute; his children Harry, Zoe, Roxanne and Howard; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Police Academy actor and comedian Art Metrano dead at 84.

The actor suffered a major setback in 1989 when he was involved in an accident at his LA home. Metrano fell off a ladder as he was working on the roof, landing on his head and fracturing his vertebrae. The tragic accident left him a quadriplegic, but he miraculously recovered and turned his health battle into a one-man variety stage show, Metrano's Accidental Comedy, during which he emerged from his wheelchair to take a few steps in front of the audience. 

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"He was at the peak of his career when that happened, and then it just stopped," his son told THR. "But he managed to enjoy life and overcome adversity."

Art Metrano stars in Police Academy.

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