NPR logo Robert Prosky, 1930-2008: <br />RIP, Sgt. Jablonski


Robert Prosky, 1930-2008:
RIP, Sgt. Jablonski

Robert Prosky The veteran actor died Dec. 8, just five days shy of his 78th birthday. hide caption

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If you ever watched Hill Street Blues, you probably have fond memories of Robert Prosky, who played the endearing, avuncular Sgt. Stan Jablonski in later seasons. (And you probably regretted it, a little, when he turned up later on the feeble NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet, playing the Kirstie Alley character's father.)

Those weren't his only credits, of course, not in a stage and screen career that spanned more than 35 years. He played a pro-bono lawyer in Dead Man Walking, and a TV-studio boss in Mrs. Doubtfire, among many other parts.

But Prosky, who died yesterday in the wake of emergency heart surgery, was best known as a theater actor, and a fine one. He earned his second Tony nomination in 1989, playing a gregarious Soviet negotiator — opposite