Marion Ramsey Dies, Police Academy Star Was 73

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The late Marion Ramsey (left) with Lance Kinsey and Art Metrano in Police Academy II (1985). She appeared in the original Broadway and its touring productions of Hello, Dolly! and starred opposite Bette Davis in 1974's Miss Moffat. She was later in the ensemble of 1978's Tony Award-nominated Eubie! She would go on to star in five sequels over the next five years. Ramsey also notably starred in the biographical musical Eubie! with Gregory and Maurice Hines.

Marion was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in the 1984 comedy movie, "Police Academy", as well as the five subsequent sequels that were released following the film's massive success.

According to Deadline, no cause of death has been determined as of the time of writing, but Marion had been ill in the days leading up to her passing.

Marion began her career on Broadway and made a name for herself there.

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Ramsey was born in Philadelphia and her career began with a guest starring role on The Jeffersons in 1976.

Ramsey is survived by her three brothers. She appeared in the franchise's first six movies, but sat out the seventh installment and following television spin-offs. She briefly reprised the role in the 1993 comedy video John Virgo: Playing for Laughs and, as a voice actress, in a 2006 episode of the animated Robot Chicken. Her most notable recent role came in 2015's SyFy campy cult hit Lavalantula, where she appeared opposite her former Police Academy co-star Steve Guttenberg.

Additional film and TV credits include MacGyver, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Nanny, Modern Family, and Return to Babylon.

The star was also known to be a talented singer, who wrote songs with composer Haras Fyre.

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