With sadness we must report that film and Broadway actress Marion Ramsey has passed away, the news was first reported by Deadline Citing her management team at Roger Paul Inc., Ramsey was best known for playing the soft-spoken Constable Laverne Hooks in six of the Police Academy films in the 1980s. No cause of death was reported. reported at time of publication, but trade notes Ramsey had been ill for a few days. Ramsey was 73 at the time of his death. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this tragic time.
Born May 10, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ramsey’s career began on stage where she starred in the original Broadway series of Hello, Dolly !, appearing in the Broadway version from 1964 to 1970 and later in the production on tour the same year. Her other credits on stage included Eubie !, Rock ‘N Roll! The first 5,000 years, Grind and Uptown … It’s hot!
Ramsey’s role in the Police Academy series would begin with the first film where his character, then Cadet Laverne Hooks, was featured. The recurring gag with Hooks was her smooth, gentle nature, including her mouse disposition, which often made her explode in a scene to yell at someone. She would reprise her role in all five sequels, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, 3: Back in Formation, 4: Citizens on Patrol, and more, starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Bruce Mahler and Bobcat. Goldthwait. Ramsey even reprized his role for an episode of Robot Chicken.
Her film and television career was not limited to this vicious comedy series, appearing on sketch / variety shows Keep On Truckin ‘and Cos, as well as appearances in The Jeffersons, The Nanny, Beverly Hills, 90210, MacGyver and Modern Family. . Recently, she appeared in the original 2915 film SYFY Lavalantula, alongside her Police Academy co-stars Steve Guttenberg and Michael Winslow. She also reprized her role for her 2016 sequel, 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Its final credit was the 2018 comedy / drama When I Sing.
To further solidify her role as a multi-hyphenated performer, Ramsey also worked as a singer and songwriter, writing songs for soulful singer Pat Hodges and girl group The Sweet Inspirations.
According to Hollywood Trade, Ramsey is survived by three brothers. May she rest in peace.
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