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Also Known As: Nicholas Probst, Nicholas David Probst Died:
Born: January 28, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor

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A tall, gaunt, silver-haired WASPy character player of film and TV, Nicholas Pryor began his career on stage in his native Baltimore, appearing in several productions with the Drummond Players. The billed under his real name of Nicholas Probst, he went on to earn scholarships to study both at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale. His early TV credits included guest appearances on such anthology shows as "Omnibus" and "Kraft Television Theatre." By the time he adopted his stage name of Nicholas Pryor in the late 1950s, he had appeared on Broadway as well. For much of the 60s and early 70s, Pryor divided his time between stage and daytime television, amassing credits on several soap operas ranging from "Young Doctor Malone" to the premiere episode of "Another World" to "All My Children."In 1975, Pryor had one of his better screen roles as Barbara Feldon's frustrated husband in Michael Ritchie's underrated gem "Smile." Since then, the actor has carved a niche in smaller character roles, generally as recessive, somewhat one-dimensional fathers or slick government officials. In the former category were his turns as Tom Cruise's duped father in the smash hit "Risky Business" (1983) and parent to coke...

A tall, gaunt, silver-haired WASPy character player of film and TV, Nicholas Pryor began his career on stage in his native Baltimore, appearing in several productions with the Drummond Players. The billed under his real name of Nicholas Probst, he went on to earn scholarships to study both at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale. His early TV credits included guest appearances on such anthology shows as "Omnibus" and "Kraft Television Theatre." By the time he adopted his stage name of Nicholas Pryor in the late 1950s, he had appeared on Broadway as well. For much of the 60s and early 70s, Pryor divided his time between stage and daytime television, amassing credits on several soap operas ranging from "Young Doctor Malone" to the premiere episode of "Another World" to "All My Children."

In 1975, Pryor had one of his better screen roles as Barbara Feldon's frustrated husband in Michael Ritchie's underrated gem "Smile." Since then, the actor has carved a niche in smaller character roles, generally as recessive, somewhat one-dimensional fathers or slick government officials. In the former category were his turns as Tom Cruise's duped father in the smash hit "Risky Business" (1983) and parent to coke casualty Robert Downey Jr in "Less Than Zero" (1987). More recently, Pryor was seen as the Secretary of State in "Executive Decision" and a judge in "The Chamber" (both 1996). He may also be familiar to TV viewers for his performances as straight-laced academicians on the NBC sitcom "The Bronx Zoo" (1987-88) and Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" (in the recurring role of the college chancellor from 1993-97). More recently, he returned to his soap opera roots in the occasional role of the mentally ill father of a psychiatrist on ABC's "General Hospital" and its spin-off "Port Charles."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 List, The (2007)
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 Ruffian (2007)
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 Collateral Damage (2002) Senator Delich
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 Molly (1999) Doctor Prentice
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 Bachelor, The (1999) Dale
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 Carriers (1998) Frank Sanborn
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1951:
Made stage acting debut with the Drummond Players in Baltimore, MD in "Light Up the Sky", billed as Nicholas Probst
1953:
Received scholarship to study at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
1955:
TV debut in "Star for Tonight" (NBC)
1957:
Broadway debut in "Small War on Murray Hill"
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Adopted stage name of Nicholas Pryor
1959:
Was a regular on the NBC daytime drama "Young Doctor Malone"
1960:
Was regular on the CBS soap "A Brighter Day"
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Appeared on several daytime dramas, including "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, 1963), the premiere of "Another World" (NBC, 1964) and "The Nurses" (ABC, 1965-1967)
1964:
Was understudy for the role of Nick in the Broadway production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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Played Alan in the national tour of "The Boys in the Band"
1970:
Film debut, "The Way We Live Now"
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Played Linc Tyler on the ABC soap "All My Children"
1974:
Assumed the role of James Daley in the Broadway production of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season"
1975:
Had featured role as Barbara Feldon's frustrated husband in "Smile"
1977:
Appeared in the ABC miniseries "Washington: Behind Closed Doors"
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Cast as Jeffrey Trout, the fiance of Joanie Bradford on the ABC series "Eight Is Enough"
1983:
Played Tom Cruise's father in "Risky Business"
1987:
Cast as the father of Robert Downey Jr in "Less Than Zero"
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Co-starred in the NBC sitcom "The Bronx Zoo"; played the straight-laced vice principal
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Had recurring role of Chancellor Arnold on the Fox series "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1997:
Cast in the role of Victor Collins on both "General Hospital" and its spin-off "Port Charles"
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Education

School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1956

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wife:
Joan Epstein. Actor. Married on December 21, 1958; divorced in 1968.
wife:
Melinda Plank. Actor, dancer. Married on February 27, 1968; divorced.
wife:
Pamela Pryor. Mother of Pryor's daughter Stacey; divorced.
wife:
Christina Belford. Actor. Met in 1980.
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father:
J Stanley Probst. Pharmaceutical manufacturer.
mother:
Dorothy Probst.
daughter:
Stacey Pryor. Mother, Pamela Pryor; lives in France.

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