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Bubba Smith
Bubba Smith Police Academy
Bubba Smith in publicity photo for the film "Police Academy" in 1984.
Personal Information
Born: Charles Aaron Smith
(1945-02-28)February 28, 1945
Birthplace: Orange, Texas, U.S.
Died August 3, 2011(2011-08-03) (aged 66)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Character information
Appeared on: Good Times
Character played: Claude in 3 episodes in Season 6
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Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith (February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011) made a guest appearance as Claude, one of the muscle bound goons who belong to Sweet Daddy Williams, in three episodes in Season 6 of Good Times titled "Florida's Homecoming: Part 2" "Florida's Homecoming: The Wedding", "Florida's Homecoming: Divided We Stand".

Life and careerEdit

Bubba was a professional football player who became an actor after his retirement from the sport. He first came into prominence at Michigan State University, where he twice earned All-American honors as a defensive end on the MSU Spartans football team. He had a major role in a 10–10 draw with Notre Dame in 1966 that was billed as "The Game of the Century." He was one of only three players to have his jersey number retired by the program. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.[1]

He played nine years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. The first selection of the 1967 NFL Draft, he was the Colts' starting left defensive end for five seasons who played in Super Bowls III and V, the latter with the winning side. He was named to two Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro in 1971.[2] Despite being 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 meters) tall and weighing 265 pounds (120.20 kilograms),[3] his tremendous speed and quickness usually caused him to draw two blockers.

During his acting career, he mainly specialized in comedic roles in films, TV advertisements and programs. For about a decade following his retirement from football, he appeared in various commercials for Miller Lite. His best-known role was as Moses Hightower in the first six Police Academy movies.[4] He also made a guest appearance as "Spare Tire" Dixon, an old high-school football oppenent/nemisis of Al Bundy's, in the Season 5 episode of FOX series Married With Children titled "All-Night Security Dude".

Early lifeEdit

Born Charles Aaron Smith in Orange, TX, and raised in nearby Beaumont, Bubba's father, Willie Ray Smith Sr., was a well known high school football coach who accumulated 235 victories in a career spent at three high schools in the Beaumont area. It was at Charlton-Pollard High School in Beaumont where the son got to play for the father.[2] The younger Smith developed into one of the state's best-ever high school football players.[5]

DeathEdit

Smith was found dead in his Los Angeles home by his caretaker on August 3, 2011. His death was caused by heart disease and acute drug intoxication from the weight-loss drug, Phentermine, found in his system. His heart weighed more than twice that of an average human heart. He was 66 years old.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Former Two-Time All-American Bubba Smith Passes Away At Age 66," Michigan State University Athletics, Wednesday, August 3, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dabe, Christopher. "Local football legend Bubba Smith dies at 66," Beaumont (TX) Enterprise, Friday, August 5, 2011.
  3. Bubba Smith (statistics) – Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  4. Noland, Claire. "Bubba Smith dies at 66: NFL player turned Miller Lite pitchman," Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 4, 2011.
  5. Justice, Richard. "Bubba made his mark in unique way," Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 5, 2011.
  6. "Bubba Smith, NFL star and 'Police Academy' actor, found dead at home", Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2011, accessed August 3, 2011.

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