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'Police Academy' and NFL Star Charles 'Bubba' Smith Dies, Aged 66

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 4th 2011 4:00AM
Charles 'Bubba' SmithR.I.P. Hightower. It's been announced that Charles 'Bubba' Smith, an NFL lineman who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts and had a second career acting on TV and in several 'Police Academy' films, has died. He was 66.

Smith's body was found Wednesday at his home in the Baldwin Hills suburb of Los Angeles, said Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Gregory Baek.

He is believed to have died of natural causes, but the coroner's office has not made a final determination, police said.

After a successful NFL career with the Colts, Oilers and Raiders Smith carved out a successful TV career with a series of memorable Miller Lite ads and roles on series like 'Good Times,' 'Blue Thunder' and 'McGyver.'

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Blue Thunder coming to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2006 5:39PM
Wait a second. Is this Blue Thunder, the short-lived 80s action-adventure series starring James Farantino and Dana Carvey? And it's coming to DVD in August? Yikes. Hey, I'm a big fan of short-lived, obscure TV shows from the 80s, but I can think of about 50 or 60 other shows I would like to see on DVD before this one.

But it's an interesting 80s curio nonetheless. Yes, that is the same Dana Carvey from Saturday Night Live. Before he got that gig, he was Clinton Wonderlove (wow, now there's a great character name), the computer whiz sidekick to hero James Farentino's character. And to show just how much of an 80s action show this was, it also starred not only Dick Butkus, but Bubba Smith!

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