Bubba Smith, an outsize presence in the National Football League who went on to a prolific career in television and the movies, was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 66.
The cause was not yet known, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said, adding, “There is no indication of anything other than natural death."
As an actor, Bubba Smith is best known as Hightower in the "Police Academy" movies, a role he crossed over into the TV Universe for an episode of the televersion of the film franchise.
Smith added several citizens to the Tele-Folks Directory of Toobworld, especially regular roles in such series as 'Half Nelson', 'Semi-Tough', 'Good Times', 'Open All Night' and 'Blue Thunder'. But as a member of the League of Themselves, Bubba Smith certainly qualifies for the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame:
'Married with Children' - "Dud Bowl"
'Coach' - "The Bachelor Party"
'Who's the Boss?' - "Death and Love: Part 2"
'Mr. Belvedere' - "Separation"
'Mary' - "And the Winner Is"
'The Odd Couple' - "Take My Furniture, Please"
And then there were his serlinguistic turns in those Miller Lite commercials....
Good night, and may God bless.