A judge approved a motion by the personal representative of the estate of football star-turned-actor Charles “Bubba” Smith to close Smith’s estate, finding that there are no further financial issues to resolve.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cowan on Monday granted Elias Goldstein’s petition to wrap up estate proceedings and discharge him as the personal representative because all of Smith’s property is held in a living trust.
Smith’s best-remembered acting role was as florist-turned-police officer Moses Hightower in the first six “Police Academy” films.
Goldstein announced in May 2016 that Smith had brain disease when he died in Los Angeles in August 2011 at age 66. Goldstein said at the time that he wanted to raise awareness of CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative illness afflicting unknown numbers of former athletes in contact sports.
Smith was a inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He was an All-American defensive end at Michigan State and played in the 10-10 tie with Notre Dame in 1966 dubbed as “The Game of the Century.”
Smith is among three Spartans players to have had his number retired.
Smith was chosen by the Baltimore Colts with the No. 1 pick of the 1967 NFL/AFL draft. He spent the first five seasons of NFL career with the Colts, and was a member of the teams that lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III and defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.
Smith also played for the Oakland Raiders from 1973-74 and Houston Oilers from 1975-76.