Robert Prosky

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Robert Prosky (December 13, 1930 — December 8, 2008) was an American actor. Prosky, a Polish American, was born Robert Joseph Porzuczek in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Helen and Joseph Porzuczek. His father was a grocer and butcher. He was raised in a working-class neighborhood and studied at the American Theatre Wing, later graduating from Temple University. He performed at Old Academy Players, a small theater in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, adjacent to Manayunk. He appeared in Thief, Christine, Hanky Panky, The Natural, Hoffa, Broadcast News, Things Change, Rudy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Green Card, and Dead Man Walking. In addition to appearing in movies, Prosky appeared as a regular on the television series Hill Street Blues, Danny and Veronica's Closet. 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 played Rebecca Howe's father on Cheers. He also played Coach Hayden Fox's mentor Jake "the Snake" Connolly on a two part 1991 episode of Coach.
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