RIP Bubba Smith aka Moses Hightower in ‘Police Academy’

(Bubba Smith as Moses Hightower)

Film Ireland has learned of the sad passing of Bubba Smith the 6ft 7 inch former American Football player who played Moses Hightower in the long-running franchise Police Academy.

Bubba Smith spent 9 seasons in the NFL before moving onto a career in acting, he also appeared in Married with Children and the super police chopper TV series Blue Thunder.

Police Academy may be a textbook example of the law of diminishing returns when applied to movie sequels. Its witty, adult humoured debut still stands up well against its dire sequels, but it was a fondly remembered part of growing up in the late 80’s early 90’s.  I recall renting out a VCR machine with cousins and watching Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol in the late 80’s and I also went to Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach and Police Academy 6: City Under Siege in the old Gaiety Cinema in Sligo.

Although Moses Hightower couldn’t compete with Larvell Jones(Michael Winslow) and his ability to mimic loudspeakers, sirens and guns in the affections of a pre teen/young teenager, delightlfully he always seemed to pick his moment to pop up quietly behind an incompetant criminal before rendering them unconscious.

So as a tribute to Bubba Smith what are your favourite Moses Hightower and/or Police Academy moments?

Here are a few memories to get you started: