Robert Prosky

Actor, Acting teacher, Grocer
Likable stage veteran who became a busy character actor in film and TV of the 1980s and 1990s, Robert Prosky spent 23 seasons as a resident actor with the Arena Stage Theater in Washington, DC before making his film ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Pasta for War 2014 (Movie)

The Dictator (Voice)

The Skeptic 2009 (Movie)

Father Wymond (Actor)

ER 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Valley of Light 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Suits on the Loose 2006 (Movie)

Bishop Hollister (Actor)

K Street 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Once and Again 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detox 2001 (Movie)

McKenzie (Actor)

Ocean Wilds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Touched By an Angel 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dudley Do-Right 1999 (Movie)

Inspector Fenwick (Actor)

Brooklyn Bridge 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lake 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Lou Potts (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Frasier 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

E Garner Goodman (Actor)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

Hilton Barber (Actor)

The Road Home 1995 (Movie)

Father Tierney (Actor)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

Horace Stonehall (Actor)

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 (Movie)

Judge Harper (Actor)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

Mr Lundy (Actor)

Rudy 1993 (Movie)

Father Cavanaugh (Actor)

Cheers 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Double Edge 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Far and Away 1992 (Movie)

Christie (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Billy Flynn (Actor)

Darryl Tevis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Age Isn't Everything 1990 (Movie)

Seymour's Grandfather (Actor)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

ET (Actor)

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

Bronte's Lawyer (Actor)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Grandpa Fred (Actor)

In Vino Veritas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifestories 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

Von Metz (Actor)

The Heist 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Walk in the Woods 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Pursuit 1989 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

Wally (Actor)

Things Change 1988 (Movie)

Joseph Vincent (Actor)

Big Shots 1987 (Movie)

Keegan (Actor)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

Ernie Merriman (Actor)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Old Dogs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

Stanislov Korzenowski (Actor)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

Will Darnell (Actor)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

Colonel Berrineau-- (Actor)

Hanky Panky 1982 (Movie)

Hiram Calder (Actor)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

Bishop Walkman (Actor)

The Keep 1982 (Movie)

Father Fonescu (Actor)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Zalmen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Pursuit (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes From the White House (TV Show)

Voice

From the Dead of Night (TV Show)

Actor

Home Fires Burning (TV Show)

Actor

Into Thin Air (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Ryan (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Vote (TV Show)

Actor

The Love She Sought (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

The Ordeal of Bill Carney (TV Show)

Actor

World War III (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Likable stage veteran who became a busy character actor in film and TV of the 1980s and 1990s, Robert Prosky spent 23 seasons as a resident actor with the Arena Stage Theater in Washington, DC before making his film debut as an initially ingratiating gangster in Michael Mann's "Thief" (1981). He came to prominence as the endearing Sgt. Jablonski who replaced Michael Conrad's Sgt. Esterhaus ("Let's be careful out there!") at the opening of each episode of TV's "Hill Street Blues." Prosky also became a familiar TV face in a succession of TV movies, pilots, and guest spots.

Prosky's 1980s feature credits include "Christine" (1983), "The Natural" (1984), "Broadcast News" (1987) and David Mamet's "Things Change" (1988), where he turned in a memorable performance as the avuncular mob boss. Prosky kept busy in the 1990s providing sturdy support in a diverse group of films including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (1990), "Green Card" (1990), "Hoffa" (1992) and "Far and Away" (1992). In 1993 he appeared in "The Last Action Hero" as a kindly old projectionist with a magic ticket, in "Rudy" as a supportive priest, and in "Mrs. Doubtfire," as a TV producer who helps out Robin Williams.

Relationships

Helen Porzuczek

Mother

Joseph Porzuczek

Father

Ida Prosky

Wife
Married in December 1960 until his death in December 2008

Andrew Prosky

Son

John Prosky

Son

Stefan Prosky

Son

EDUCATION

Roxborough High School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York
Attended on scholarship

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2008

Co-starred with his sons Andy and John in the Philadelphia production of Arthur Miller's play "The Price," in which he played a furniture appraiser who mediates between two estranged brothers (played by his sons)

2006

Cast in the production of "Awake and Sing!" at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

2001

Returned to sitcoms as Daniel Stern's father in "Danny" (CBS); cancelled after only airing twice

1997

Again played Kirstie Alley's father in the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet"

1997

Had a recurring role as a priest on the ABC legal drama "The Practice"

1996

Played Thomas Edison in the Off-Broadway play "Camping with Henry and Tom"; co-starred with son John Prosky

1995

Cast as the pro bono lawyer for death row inmate Sean Penn in "Dead Man Walking"

1993

Played a self-deprecating priest in "Rudy"

1993

Appeared opposite Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire" as a television station owner

1992

Appeared in "Hoffa" starring Jack Nicholson in the title role; again collaborated with Mamet who scripted

1992

Had a small role as Nicole Kidman's father in Ron Howard's "Far and Away"

1988

Starred opposite Sam Waterston in Lee Blessing's Broadway drama "A Walk in the Woods"; earned second Tony Award nomination

1988

Played a mafia don in David Mamet's feature film, "Things Change"

1987

Cast as a longtime executive who gets fired in director James L. Brooks' "Broadcast News"

1984

Nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"

1984

Played the big-hearted desk sergeant Stanislaus 'Stan' Jablonski on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

1984

Cast as the villainous co-owner of the New York Knights baseball team in "The Natural"

1983

Played the evil garage owner in "Christine"

1982

First played Kirstie Alley's father in a guest appearance on "Cheers" (NBC)

1981

Made feature acting debut in Michael Mann's "Thief"

1975

Professional stage debut, "The Dybbuk" opposite Dianne Wiest at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

1944

At age 15, played the stage manager in a high school production of "Our Town"

Received an honorable discharge from the military after the death of his father

Awarded a scholarship at New York's American Theatre Wing

Returned home and took over the family grocery

Joined Air Force and served in the Korean War after graduating from college

Spent 23 seasons as a resident actor with the Arena Stage Theatre in Washington DC

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