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Character actor appeared in 'Hill Street Blues'

Robert Prosky, a character actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including Mrs. Doubtfire and Hill Street Blues, died Monday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from a heart procedure.

Mr. Prosky appeared in more than 200 plays on Broadway and with Arena Stage, a regional theater company in Washington. He appeared in 38 films and numerous television shows.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Prosky studied economics at Temple University and served in the Air Force.

On Broadway, his credits included Glengarry Glen Ross and A View from the Bridge. He also completed a long run in Michael Frayn's play Democracy.

More recently, Mr. Prosky appeared with two of his sons in Arthur Miller's play The Price, in Philadelphia. He planned to continue in a San Diego production of The Price this winter, said his son, Stefan Prosky.

In the 1980s, Mr. Prosky spent three years on the NBC television series Hill Street Blues as a police sergeant. He later appeared as a priest on trial for murder in ABC's legal drama, The Practice.

In Mrs. Doubtfire, Mr. Prosky played the TV station owner who hired Robin Williams, who dressed as a nanny. His other film credits include Dead Man Walking and The Natural.


Creator of British children's TV characters

Oliver Postgate, creator of cuddly stuffed cat Bagpuss and other much-loved British children's television characters, has died. Mr. Postgate's partner, Naomi Linnell, said the artist and puppeteer died Monday at a nursing home in Broadstairs, 75 miles east of London.

Both surreal and warmhearted, Mr. Postgate's productions were a staple of British children's television for three decades, beginning in the 1950s. They included musical Welsh locomotive Ivor the Engine, Norse prince Noggin the Nog and The Clangers, a family of mouselike pink knitted aliens who spoke in whistles.

His best-loved creation was Bagpuss, a pink "saggy old cloth cat" who appeared in a 1970s series and has topped several polls of Britain's favorite children's shows.

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