Art Batanides, TV and film actor throughout the past four decades, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.
Batanides is perhaps best remembered as Mr. Kirkland in the “Police Academy” films and for numerous guest appearances on “Happy Days.”
In 1953, Batanides landed his first big TV role, on “Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers.” He also appeared on numerous “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” episodes.
He is survived by his wife, Anna, and three children. A private memorial is scheduled for Saturday at his home.