Robert Prosky

Robert Prosky (born December 13 1930) is an American actor.

Prosky has appeared in such films as Christine, The Natural, Broadcast News, Green Card, Hoffa, Rudy, and Dead Man Walking. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Prosky has appeared as a regular on the television shows Hill Street Blues and Veronica's Closet. Prior to his film and television career, Prosky appeared in numerous productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, most notably as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He was considered for the role of Martin Crane in Frasier and later made a guest appearance in the show as a reclusive writer. He also played Rebecca Howe's father on Cheers.

Prosky, a Polish American, was born Robert Joseph Porzuczek in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Helen and Joseph Porzuczek, a grocer. He studied at the American Theatre Wing and lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


Selected stage credits

Year Title Role Location/Notes
1975 The Dybbuk Rabbi Az ielke Arena Stage, Washington, DC/with Dianne Wiest
1983 A View from the Bridge Alfieri New York City
1984 Glengarry Glen Ross Shelly Levene John Golden Theatre, New York City/Tony Award Nomination
1988 A Walk in the Woods Andrei Botvinnik Booth Theatre, New York City/Tony Award Nomination
1996 Camping with Henry and Tom Thomas Edison Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City
2002 An American Daughter Alan Hughes Arena Stage, Washington, DC
2004 Democracy Herbert Wehner Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City
2006 Awake and Sing! Jacob Arena Stage, Washington, DC
2008 The Price Solomon Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
Prosky has often performed at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, with over 100 stage credits to his name at that theatre alone. He also originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

Two of his sons, Andy and John Prosky, are also film, TV, and stage actors. The three have starred together in two productions of Arthur Miller's play The Price, in which the brothers' characters are brothers.


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