Bubba Smith who played in the NFL for 9 years before turning to acting was found dead in his L.A. home.  The NFL star, Police Academy actor and Miller Lite spokesman was 66.  A cause of death was not immediately known, but officials believe Smith died of natural causes. An autopsy will be performed later this week.

The six-foot-seven defensive end spent nine seasons in the NFL, from 1967 to 1976, before embarking on an acting career. He played Moses Hightower in six Police Academy movies.

Smith was also well known for his Miller Lite commercials, often appearing opposite fellow football legend Dick Butkus.  He is seen ripping the top right off the can of Miller Lite in this 1977 ad.

A 1982 TV commercial for Lite Beer from Miller featuring the first lite beer bowling tournament with  many familiar celebrity faces, including John Madden, and Rodney Dangerfield

From 1984 with Dick Butkus as polo players

Again with Dick Butkus but this time they are golfers