Robert Prosky Biography (1930?-)

Born Robert Porzuczek, December 13, 1930 (some sources say 1931), in Philadelphia, PA; son of Joseph (a grocer) and Helen Prosky; married Ida Hove (an anthropologist), June 4, 1960; children: Stefan, John (an actor), Andrew (an actor). Addresses: Agent: The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., BeverlyHills, CA 90210.

Birth Details
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Leo, Thief (also known as Violent Streets), United Artists,1981
  • Hiram Calder, Hanky Panky, Columbia, 1982
  • (As Robert J. Prosky) Bishop Walkman, Monsignor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Father Fonescu, The Keep, Paramount, 1983
  • Bear, The Lords of Discipline, Paramount, 1983
  • Will Darnell, Christine (also known as John Carpenter's Christine), Columbia, 1983
  • The judge, The Natural, TriStar, 1984
  • Stanislav Korzenowski, Outrageous Fortune, Buena Vista, 1987
  • Keegan, Big Shots, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Ernie Merriman, Broadcast News, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Wally, The Great Outdoors, Universal, 1988
  • Joseph Vincent, Things Change, Columbia, 1988
  • Curt Von Metz, Loose Cannons, TriStar, 1990
  • Grandpa Fred, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Emil T. "E. T." Bergman, Funny about Love (also known as New York Times), Paramount, 1990
  • Bronte's lawyer, Green Card, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Seymour's Grandpa Irving, Age Isn't Everything (also known as Life in the Food Chain), LIVE Home Video, 1991
  • Daniel Christie, Far and Away, Universal, 1992
  • Billy Flynn, Hoffa, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Nick, Last Action Hero, Columbia, 1993
  • Jonathan Lundy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Father Cavanaugh, Rudy, TriStar, 1993
  • Judge Harper, Miracle on 34th Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Horace Stonehall, The Scarlet Letter, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Hilton Barber, Dead Man Walking (also known as After Midnight, Dead Man, Death Watch, and Sister Prejean), GramercyPictures, 1995
  • Father Tierney, The Road Home (also known as Brothers' Destiny, He Ain't Heavy, and Long Road Home), Saban International,1996
  • E. Garner Goodman, The Chamber, Universal, 1996
  • Lou Potts, Mad City, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Inspector Fenwick, Dudley Do-Right, Universal, 1999
  • Grandfather's Birthday, 2000
  • McKenzie, D-Tox (also known as Eye See You and Im auge der angst), United International, 2002
  • Network chairman (uncredited), Death to Smoochy (also known as Totet Smoocky), Warner Bros., 2002
  • Bishop Hollister, Suits on the Loose, Hale Stone, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Sergeant Stanislaus "Stan" Jablonski, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984-87
  • Voice, The West, PBS, 1996
  • Pat Chase, Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997-98
  • Lenny, Danny, CBS, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Tom Watson, The Murder of Mary Phagan, NBC, 1988
  • Dr. Walter Hovde, From the Dead of Night (also known as Walkers), NBC, 1989
  • Movies
  • Edwin M. Stanton, They've Killed President Lincoln, 1971
  • Zalmen: or, The Madness of God, 1975
  • Judge Philip Erbsen, The Ordeal of Bill Carney, 1981
  • Colonel General Aleksey Rudenski, World War III, 1982
  • Jim Conway, Into Thin Air, CBS, 1985
  • Dancer, The Heist, HBO, 1989
  • Rosh Benefield, "Home Fires Burning," Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1989
  • Larry Cerreta, "In Vino Veritas" (also known as "Christine Cromwell"), The ABC Saturday Mystery, ABC, 1990
  • Captain Fitzgerald, Johnny Ryan (also known as Against the Mob, G-Men, and Ryan's Way), NBC, 1990
  • Bishop Baker, The Love She Sought (also known as A Green Journey and Last Chance for Romance), NBC, 1990
  • Bill, Dangerous Pursuit (also known as Fast Lane), USA Network, 1990
  • Mr. Dutton (Maggie's father), Double Edge, CBS, 1992
  • Maisha Rockman, Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (also known as Life on the High Wire and Teamster Boss), HBO, 1992
  • Herb, The Lake, NBC, 1998
  • Chief Justice, Swing Vote, ABC, 1999
  • Hoke, The Valley of Light, CBS, 2006
  • Specials
  • Mayo Dunlop, Old Dogs (also known as Two Old Dogs), ABC, 1987
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, 1988
  • Andrey Botvinnik, "A Walk in the Woods," American Playhouse, PBS,1989
  • The storyteller, Darryl Tevis, NBC, 1991
  • Ocean Wilds (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Echoes from the White House (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Interviewee, Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues (documentary), The Learning Channel, 2002
  • NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Paul Policzinski, "Hometown," Lou Grant, CBS, 1981
  • Dr. Vogel, "The Right Kind of Medicine," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1985
  • Bishop Patrick Shea, "Old Habits Die Hard," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987
  • The storyteller, "Darryl Tevis," Lifestories, NBC, 1990
  • Coach Jake Connelly, "The Pineapple Bowl (Parts 1 and 2)," Coach,ABC, 1991
  • Mr. Howe, "Daddy's Little Middle-Aged Girl," Cheers, NBC, 1992
  • Joe Cardini, "Nun But the Brave," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1992
  • T. H. Houghton, "A Crane's Critique," Frasier, NBC, 1996
  • Boone LeGarde, "Pilot," Lateline, ABC, 1998
  • Father Patrick Martin, "Happily Ever After," The Practice, ABC, 1999
  • Father Patrick Martin, "Life Sentence," The Practice, ABC, 2000
  • Robert Harrigan, "The Grudge," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • Herbert Miller, "Aaron's List of Dreams," Once and Again, ABC, 2002
  • Father Patrick Martin, "The Telltale Nation," The Practice, ABC, 2002
  • Father Patrick Martin, "Small Sacrifices," The Practice, ABC, 2002
  • Tommy's dad, "Week 4," K Street, HBO, 2003
  • Tommy's dad, "Week 5," K Street, HBO, 2003
  • Tommy's dad, "Week 10," K Street, HBO, 2003
  • Also appeared in episodes of The Adams Chronicles, PBS.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Mrs. Gibbon's Boys, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1955
  • Older bond salesman, Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Jan Hus Playhouse, New York City, 1957-58
  • Mr. Willis, Moonchildren, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Alfieri, A View from the Bridge, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Shelly Levene, Glengarry Glen Ross, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL,then John Golden Theatre, New York City, both 1984
  • A Walk in the Woods, Broadway production, New York City, 1988
  • Thomas Alva Edison, Camping with Henry and Tom, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • The Maharal, The Golem, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, New York City,2002
  • Twelve Angry Men, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2004-2005
  • Democracy, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 2004-2005
  • Also appeared for twenty-three seasons in more than a hundred roles at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC. Roles at the Arena Stage include Willy Loman,Death of a Salesman, Galileo Galilei, Galileo, Matthew HarrisonBrady, Inherit the Wind, the stage manager, Our Town, and a role in The Price; appeared in A Delicate Balance and Hamlet, both Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; appeared in Arms and theMan Broadway production; also appeared in The Caucasian Chalk Circle and You Can't Take It with You.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured as Matthew Harrison Brady, Inherit the Wind, the stage manager, Our Town, and in A Walk in the Woods, all Russian cities;and in After the Fall, Hong Kong.

Further Reference


    • Washingtonian, August, 1993, pp. 58

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