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Football Star Turned Actor Dies at 66

Aug 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A football player who was one of the stars of the NFL in the late 1960s and 1970s and later pursued a successful career as an actor has died, Bloomberg reports. Bubba Smith, 66, was found at his home in Los Angeles.

Smith apparently died of natural causes, but the cause of death is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the piece notes.

Smith, a Pro Bowl defensive end, spent five of his nine National Football League seasons with the Baltimore Colts, capping off the 1970 season with a Super Bowl win over Dallas. He made Pro Bowl appearances in 1970 and 1971, and later played with the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.

After retiring from football, Smith began a TV and film career, appearing in prime-time shows such as "Wonder Woman" and "Charlie’s Angels" before taking on the role of Moses Hightower in six of the seven "Police Academy" films.

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Bubba Smith

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