I never watched Punky Brewster but Gaynes was also in two iconic 80s movies. One a movie series and another a great funny film, one of the funniest ever. He played the Police Commandant in the Police Academy movie series. He was also in the great comic movie Tootsie. He was very funny in Police Academy movies as a good hearted not very smart head of the Police Academy. Police Academy did continue to early 90s but most films were in the 80s. He did start his career decades earlier but the 80s he became an unlikely icon. He gave a lot of laughs to us all that decade.