Marion Ramsey dead at 73 – 'Police Academy' star, Broadway veteran and singer had 'recent illness'

POLICE Academy star Marion Ramsey has died at 73-years-old.

The comedic actress' management confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon – though no cause of death has been determined.



Roger Paul Inc did not provide a reason for her death, however Deadline reported that she had been sick recently.

Marion was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy.

The star’s signature role came in the 1984 hit that starred Steve Guttenberg. 

Her high-pitched voice and comedic timing made her character a standout in the film. 


Police Academy was such a success, five sequels spawned over the next five years with Marion appearing in all of them. 

She also appeared in the hit 1978 Broadway show Eubie!

Marion, who was born in Philadelphia, began her on-stage career just four years before, performing in productions of Hello, Dolly!

The entertainer went on to star alongside acting legend Bette Davis in themusical Miss Moffat – which went on to become a massive flop.

Around this time, Marion transitioned from stage to screen and scored a guest role on a 1976 episode of The Jefferson's.

Her unique tone also landed her voice-over roles including 1992’s The Addams Family and 2006’s Robot Chicken.

In addition to her impressive acting chops, Marion was also a singer and songwriter. 

She did not have kids and is survived by her brother. 

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