Marion Ramsey, 'Police Academy' actress, dead at 73

Marion Ramsey

Police Academy star Marion Ramsey dies at 73 after an illustrious screen and stage career

Ramsey was adored by fans for her portrayal of the squeaky-voiced Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy. In between she had a starring role opposite Bette Davis in Miss Moffatt, although the show famously closed during out-of-town tryouts, and was on an episode of The Jeffersons. She was later in the ensemble of 1978's Tony Award-nominated Eubie! That same year she became a regular on the Bill Cosby-hosted sketch comedy series Cos.

YouTuber Sarah O'Connell writes, "Very sad to hear that Marion Ramsey has died aged 73".

Marion Ramsey, who starred as Office Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy franchise, has died.

The actress had been ill over the past few days before her death.

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Four years later, she was part of the well-received, Tony-nominated Broadway musical Eubie!, which also starred Gregory and Maurice Hines. She reprised the role for the 2016 sequel, 2 Lava 2 Lantula.

Later in her TV and film career, she had guest appearances on Adult Swim shows "Robot Chicken" and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!".

In 1984, she landed her biggest role to date as Officer Hooks in the hit comedy film Police Academy alongside Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall and G. W. Bailey.

Additional film and TV credits include MacGyver, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Nanny, Modern Family, and Return to Babylon. The actress would follow this up with a final role in the movie When I Sing from director Robin U. Russin.

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Marion Ramsey (center) with fellow "Police Academy" franchise alums Brian Tochi (left) and Kathryn Graf (right).

Born on May 10, 1947, Ramsey began her career as a performer by working in theater.

And blogger Perez Hilton also tweeted, "Rest in power, Marion Ramsey".

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