Gene Greytak

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Gene Greytak
Gene Greytak.jpg
Greytak (right) in a signed promotional photo showing his resemblance to Pope John Paul II
Born Eugene Edward Greytak
(1925-11-14)November 14, 1925
Trumbull, Connecticut
Died February 28, 2010(2010-02-28) (aged 84)
Tustin, California
Occupation impersonator, actor
Spouse(s) Dorothy Greytak (c. 1947-2010 his death)

Gene Greytak (November 14, 1925 – February 28, 2010) was a retired real estate broker, who made a career as an actor by impersonating Pope John Paul II because of his facial resemblance to the pontiff.[1]

Greytak was Catholic, and had at least the tacit permission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to impersonate the pope. Greytak died on February 28, 2010.


Year Title Notes
1988 Night Court TV series. One episode
ALF TV series. Two episodes
1989 Just the Ten of Us TV series. One episode
1990 One Night Stand TV series. One episode
Repossessed Film
"King of Wishful Thinking" Music video
1991 Hot Shots! Film
The Golden Girls TV series. One episode
1992 Sister Act Film
1993 Murphy Brown TV series. One episode.
1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Film
1995 Picket Fences TV series. One episode.
1998 The Wayans Bros. TV series. One episode.
1999 Just the Ticket Film
Ally McBeal TV series. One episode.
2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls Film


  1. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2010; page AA7.

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