"Punky Brewster," "Police Academy" star George Gaynes dies

Actor George Gaynes in "Police Academy 3: Back in Training."

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George Gaynes, known to a generation as the grouchy but lovable Henry Warnimont on "Punky Brewster," died Monday at his daughter's home in North Bend, Washington. He was 98.

Gaynes co-starred with Soleil Moon Frye on the hit NBC sitcom about a grumpy widower who takes in a homeless girl and her dog for four seasons, from 1984 to 1988. He was also best known for his roles in "Tootsie" and the "Police Academy" films.

His former co-star, who was 12 years old when "Punky Brewster" debuted, tweeted a tribute to the late Gaynes Wednesday, writing, "The universe just gained a gigantic star. You will be in my heart and soul always & forever," and signing it "your little Punky."

His daughter, Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown, confirmed his death to the New York Times.