Hill Street Blues & Broadway Actor Robert Prosky Dies (Photos)


Robert Prosky, a character actor of broadway and movies”Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Hill Street Blues,” has died in a Washington hospital. Actor Robert Prosky was 77 years-old. Read more on Robert Prosky’s death below.

Robert Prosky reportedly died Monday after complications from heart surgery. His oldest son, Stefan Prosky, confirmed his father’s death.

“He went gracefully last night, not in pain,” Stefan Prosky said Tuesday. “Everybody knows him as a fairly famous actor. My brothers and I know him as a marvelous father.”

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Prosky has been in more than 200 plays on Broadway and with Arena Stage, a regional theater company in Washington. Robert Prosky has been in around 38 movies and many television shows.

A native of Philadelphia, Prosky studied economics at Temple University and served in the U.S. Air Force.

A well-know actor on Broadway, Prosky’s credits included “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “A View from the Bridge.” He also completed a long run in Michael Frayn’s play “Democracy.”

Prosky’s latest projects included appearing with two of his sons in Arthur Miller’s play, “The Price,” in Philadelphia. He planned to continue in a San Diego production of “The Price” this winter, Stefan Prosky said.

In the 1980s, Prosky spent three years on the NBC television series “Hill Street Blues” as a police sergeant. He later appeared as a priest on trial for murder in ABC’s legal drama, “The Practice.”

In “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Prosky played the TV station owner who hired Robin Williams, who dressed as a nanny. His other film credits include “Dead Man Walking” and “The Natural.”

Prosky spent most of his life in Washington and raised his three sons in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Nearby Arena Stage was close to his heart. He spent 22 years affiliated with the theater and a small company of players, appearing in more than 120 plays.

“Arena Stage is where I learned to be an actor,” Prosky told The Associated Press in 2006.

Arena co-founder Zelda Fichandler said she has lost a part of her family.

“I don’t know of another American actor who has played in so many plays in so many styles in so many places in so many roles, and played them all to the hilt,” she said in a statement.

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Prosky is survived by his wife, Ida Prosky, and three sons, Stefan Prosky of Washington, John Prosky of North Hollywood, Calif., and Andrew Prosky of New York. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to The Actors Fund or for people to “just go see a play,” Stefan Prosky said.

Our condolences to the Prosky family.

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