Robert Prosky 1930-2008

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Another day, another sad loss. Robert Prosky wasn’t particularly well know actor but he was one of those fine character players who turned up in countless films.

As a kid I adored Grandpa Fred, the character Prosky played in the film Gremlins 2. It wasn’t a showy performance. He could have hammed it up a little given the zany nature of the picture but instead he delivers a sympathetic and believable turn. I think in some ways he contributed to my interest in the ins and outs of television production; if a washed up horror host and a fish-out-of-water Japanese tourist could put on a show under these conditions then why couldn’t I? 

For another great performance check out his turn in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street or take a look at the man’s IMDB resume.

RIP

NOTE: Thanks to Allen for the heads up on this sad announcement. 

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