Robert Prosky

Robert Prosky, who etched a long series of wise, lived-in portrayals in film, television and on the stage over a 50-year career, died Dec. 8, 2008, at Washington Hospital Center, the Washington Post reported. He was 77. Mr. Prosky — who was perhaps best known for his stint as old-school cop Stanislaus "Stan" Jablonski on TV's "Hill Street Blues," and for supporting turns in films such as "Broadcast News" and "Outrageous Fortune" — began his acting career at Washington's Arena Stage. There when the regional theatre movement in the U.S. was aborning, he essayed 130 roles over 23 seasons at the Arena, including Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and the title role in Brecht's Galileo, and worked with the likes of Jane Alexander, Robert Foxworth and James Earl Jones. His final appearances at the Arena included revivals of Awake and Sing! (2006) and Noises Off (2007).

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  • Born: Dec 13, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Death: Dec 8, 2008 in Washington, D.C.


Outer Critics Circle
1988 Outstanding Actor in a Play A Walk in the Woods Winner
Tony Award
1988 Actor in a Play A Walk in the Woods Nominee
1984 Featured Actor in a Play Glengarry Glen Ross Nominee