Robert Prosky

American actor (1930–2008)

Robert Prosky (born Robert Joseph Porzuczek, December 13, 1930 – December 8, 2008) was an American actor.

Robert Prosky
Robert Prosky Fishelson's adaptation of The Golem at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, 2002
Robert Józef Porzuczek

(1930-12-13)December 13, 1930
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 2008(2008-12-08) (aged 77)
Resting placeRock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Other namesRobert Józef Prosky
Years active1971–2008
Ida Hove
(m. 1960)
Children3, including John Prosky

His best known movie roles were in Thief (1981), Christine (1983), The Natural (1984), and Broadcast News (1987).

He also appeared in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Hoffa (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Last Action Hero (1993), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Mad City (1997).

Prosky died on December 8, 2008 at a hospital in Washington, D.C. at the age of 78.[1] The cause of death was heart surgery-related problems.[2]


  1. Sullivan, Patricia (December 9, 2008). "Actor Robert Prosky Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  2. Martin, Douglas. (December 11, 2008). "Robert Prosky, 77, an Actor of Wide Range and Acumen, Is Dead" Archived 2018-07-28 at the Wayback Machine The New York Times.