Pope impersonator ends career

April 19, 2005 at 7:31 PM

MIAMI, April 19 (UPI) -- After Pope Benedict XVI was named pontiff in Vatican City Tuesday, the career of an U.S. impersonator of Pope John Paul ended.

Seventy-nine-year-old Eugene Greytak has impersonated Pope John Paul II for more than 20 years at some 1,000 parties and hundreds of events, the Miami Herald reported.

Greytak also appeared as the pope in 20 movies, including "Sister Act" with Whoopi Goldberg, "Hot Shots!" with Charlie Sheen, and "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" with Leslie Nielsen.

Greytak, who had been a real estate agent in 1978 when his likeness to Pope John II provided him with a new career, is getting calls of condolence instead of job offers.

"I was walking along the street in Las Vegas and there on the front page was a picture of him on the day he was named pope," Greytak recalled. "I said 'Geez, he looks just like me.' "

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