Andrew Rubin, a Cadet in the First 'Police Academy' Film, Dies at 69

Andrew Rubin - H 2015
Courtesy of Joan Sittenfield Management

He appeared in two Walter Matthau films and was on such TV shows as 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman' and 'The Odd Couple.'

Andrew Rubin, who played cadet and ladies man George Martin in the first Police Academy movie, died Oct. 5 of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his manager, Joan Sittenfield, said. He was 69.

Rubin also starred opposite Walter Matthau in Casey’s Shadow (1978) and Little Miss Marker (1980) and portrayed Jesus Jarerra, a reporter for the Fernwood television station, on the 1970s Norman Lear syndicated hit Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

In the 1980s, Rubin played a Manhattan cop on the beat and partner of Peter Boyle on the ABC series Joe Bash, created by Danny Arnold (Barney Miller), and was a regular on two other short-lived network shows, Jessica Novak and Hometown.

In Police Academy (1984), Rubin’s character Martin is wearing a shower cap and caught sneaking into the women’s bunk room by Sgt. Debbie Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook), and they have sex. He later admits that he’s not the ladies man he’s cracked up to be and that his Spanish accent is fake.

Born in New Bedford, Mass., Rubin graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and made his TV debut on an episode of Bracken’s World in 1970. He later appeared on such shows as IronsideThe Odd Couple, The Streets of San Francisco, The Jeffersons and Lou Grant and, as ABC’s science editor Jules Bergman, in the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.

Sittenfield said that Rubin took almost 15 years off from acting and was involved with running several nonprofit, humanitarian organizations before returning to show business five years ago.

Survivors include his wife Lauren and brother Richard.

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