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Also Known As: Charles Aaron Smith Died: August 3, 2011
Born: February 28, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Orange, Texas, USA Profession:

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One of the most physically formidable athletes in the history of professional football, Bubba Smith was a Super Bowl-winning defensive end for the Baltimore Colts before retiring in the mid-1970s to concentrate on acting in features and television, most notably in the "Police Academy" franchise. At 6'8", Smith was an intimidating presence on the field - he once joked that his game strategy was to grab a number of players, find out which one had the ball, and discard the rest - but spoofed his sports persona on screen by playing genial, even passive figures like "Police Academy's" Moses Hightower, a gentle florist with self-confidence issues. As an actor, Smith was frequently paired with another formidable gridiron great, Dick Butkus; their likable rapport together was often the best part of their collaborative projects. Though never a major star in Hollywood, Smith's football glories remained unvarnished after nearly four decades, and his honors included induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and the retirement of his college jersey in 2006.

One of the most physically formidable athletes in the history of professional football, Bubba Smith was a Super Bowl-winning defensive end for the Baltimore Colts before retiring in the mid-1970s to concentrate on acting in features and television, most notably in the "Police Academy" franchise. At 6'8", Smith was an intimidating presence on the field - he once joked that his game strategy was to grab a number of players, find out which one had the ball, and discard the rest - but spoofed his sports persona on screen by playing genial, even passive figures like "Police Academy's" Moses Hightower, a gentle florist with self-confidence issues. As an actor, Smith was frequently paired with another formidable gridiron great, Dick Butkus; their likable rapport together was often the best part of their collaborative projects. Though never a major star in Hollywood, Smith's football glories remained unvarnished after nearly four decades, and his honors included induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and the retirement of his college jersey in 2006.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Holy Matrimony (1994) Hutterite Boy
3.
 Fist of Honor (1993) Detective Johnson
4.
 My Samurai (1992) Reverend George
5.
 Secret Agent 00 - Soul (1991) Cameo Appearance
6.
 Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Himself
7.
 Stuck With Each Other (1989) Augie
8.
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1967:
Was the No. 1 NFL draft pick from Michigan State University when he joined the Baltimore Colts
1971:
Won Super Bowl V at the end of the 1970 season with The Colts
1972:
Traded to the Oakland Raiders
1975:
Finished his career with the Houston Oilers
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Became a spokesperson for Miller Lite beer
1978:
Made small screen debut in an episode of "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" (CBS)
1978:
Guest starred on "Good Times" (CBS) as Marion 'Sweet Daddy' Williams' bodyguard
1979:
Made his film debut in "A Pleasure Doing Business"
1981:
Had a recurring role on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Open All Night"
1984:
Breakthrough film role, playing Moses Hightower in "Police Academy"
1984:
First regular series role on ABC's "Blue Thunder"
1985:
Reprised role as Moses Hightower for "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment"
1985:
Starred on NBC's short-lived series, "Half Nelson"
1986:
Again reprised role of Moses Hightower for "Police Academy 3: Back in Training" and "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol"
1991:
Appeared in two episodes of Fox's "Married... with Children"
1997:
Reprised role of Moses Hightower on an episode of "Police Academy: The Series"
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Education

Charlton-Pollard High School: Beaumont , Texas - 1963
Michigan State University: East Lansing , Michigan - 1967

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