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Gil Hill, Detroit Detective and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Actor, Dies 84

Gilbert Roland "Gil" Hill (November 5, 1931 – February 29, 2016) was the President of the Detroit City Council. He was also a Detroit police officer and part-time actor, gaining recognition for his craft in the Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise.

Already a nationally-prominent figure through his success in law enforcement, Hill rose to worldwide fame when he appeared in the Beverly Hills Cop films, playing the role of Inspector Todd, the boss of Eddie Murphy's character Axel Foley. Offered other acting work after the film's release, Hill declined to pursue acting as a career, but did appear in the two subsequent sequels of the movie, saying that the only difference between his famous character's life and his own was that he didn't curse as much in real life.

Hill died from pneumonia at the age of 84 on February 29, 2016 at 4:40 PM at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Gil Hill - Eddie Murphy's boss