If you were a fan of the Police Academy films, you knew and enjoyed David Graf. he played Eugene Tackleberry in all six films, and outside of that was in shows like The West Wing, Touched By An Angel, and Caroline in the City, and films like Rule of Engagement and The Brady Bunch Movie. He was a seasoned character actor who could play just about any character, comedic or serious.
Unfortunately, his career and life were destined to be shorter than they deserved to be. On April 7, 2001, while attending a family wedding in Arizona, Graf suffered a severe heart attack and was unable to recover. He died that day, just a week away from turning 51. Sadly, this theme appears to run in the family; according to a Variety review of Surviving David, a one-woman play performed by Graf’s widow, Kathryn, both David’s father and grandfather died of heart attacks, and both died at age 51. That sounds like something out of a movie, but unfortunately, it’s an all-too-real plot twist.