Robert Prosky was probably best known for his anchoring role in Hill Street Blues, the New York police drama. Despite appearing in nearly 40 films, numerous television series and more than 200 stage plays on Broadway and in Washington, he was one of those actors whose face is much better known than his name.
He was the craggy but loveable police sergeant in Hill Street Blues; the television station owner in Mrs Doubtfire (1993) and the corrupt judge in The Natural (1984). He appeared as a priest on trial for murder in The Practice, a TV legal drama; the experienced executive who is sacked in Broadcast News (1987); and a death-row inmate for Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking (1995). In all, he appeared in more than 250 plays, films and TV shows.
You might not know how good an actor this guy is, if all you've seen of him is in Hill Street Blues.
Here is the most chilling portrayal you'll ever see, from the classic movie Thief: