Vale: Robert Prosky

US character actor Robert Prosky, best known for Hill Street Blues and a string of movie roles, has died. He was 77.

Prosky died of complications from a heart procedure but passed peacefully.

He spent three years as a police sergeant on Hill Street Blues. At the time he replaced Michael Conrad, including those famous words, “and remember let’s be careful out there. He also appeared in Veronica’s Closet.

His more than 200 stage credits included Glengarry Glen Ross and Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge.

He is survived by his wife, Ida, and sons Stefan, John and Andrew.

Source: Syd Morning Herald


  1. I was trying to remember where I’ve seen him having not seen Gremlins or been a fan of HSB. Did a bit of googling and he was in an ep of Frasier so that was likely it.

    And to marg yes it was him in Mrs Doubtfire.

  2. In HSB, didn’t his character start out with
    “Let’s do it to them, before they do it to us…” before
    reverting to the original “Let’s be careful
    out there”…? 🙂

    I liked his performance in HSB, & I was always pleased
    to see him crop up in any other opus. I’ll miss him.

  3. I think I remember him best from Gremlin 2 A New Batch, and yeah he was the chauffer/father on Veronica’s Closet – before it started to suck.

    He also played Kirstie Alley’s father in Cheers, so twice in two shows!

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