(CNN)Art Metrano, a stand-up comedian champion known for his relation arsenic ruthless constabulary skipper Ernie Mauser successful 2 "Police Academy" films, has died astatine the property of 84.
The histrion died of earthy causes astatine his location successful Aventura, Florida connected Wednesday, his son, Harry Metrano, told The Hollywood Reporter.
On Thursday, Metrano paid tribute to his begetter by sharing a carousel of pictures of them unneurotic connected Instagram.
"Yesterday I mislaid my champion friend, my mentor, my dad. He was and volition ever beryllium the toughest antheral I know. I person ne'er met idiosyncratic who has implicit travel much adversities than him," the accompanying caption read.
"He's fought and won truthful overmuch implicit the years that I ever viewed him arsenic indestructible, but the information is we don't unrecorded everlastingly connected earth, but a person's tone tin unrecorded everlastingly wrong you."
Metrano continued: "Dad, you volition ever beryllium a portion of maine and I volition proceed to unrecorded retired your legacy. When idiosyncratic came up with the quote, 'legends ne'er die,' I'm beauteous definite they were talking astir you dad. I emotion you and miss you truthful much! One time I'll spot you again. Rest successful Paradise. You're present my guardian angel. "
Art Metrano's acting vocation spanned astir 3 decades aft helium landed his archetypal acting gig successful the 1961 thriller "Rocket Attack U.S.A."
But his large interruption came successful 1970, erstwhile helium appeared arsenic a stand-up connected "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
His astir memorable show was successful the 1985 movie "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment " arsenic long-suffering constabulary brag Ernie Mauser. He reprised the relation a twelvemonth aboriginal with "Police Academy 3: Back successful Training."
In summation to the "Police Academy" franchise, Metrano's big-screen credits see the 1969 Jane Fonda diagnostic movie "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," "The Heartbreak Kid" and "History of the World: Part I."
The Brooklyn-born histrion was besides acquainted look connected TV, with impermanent appearances successful shows specified arsenic ABC sitcom "Joanie Loves Chachi," "All successful the Family" and "Bewitched."
In 1989, his acting vocation was disrupted erstwhile helium fell disconnected a ladder portion moving connected the extortion of his location and broke his neck. He aboriginal turned the life-changing acquisition into a one-man signifier amusement called "Metrano's Accidental Comedy," which helium performed successful a wheelchair and connected crutches.