Pryor, Nicholas 1935–(Nicholas Probst)

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PRYOR, Nicholas 1935
(Nicholas Probst)


Original name, Nicholas David Probst; born January 28, 1935, in Baltimore, MD; son of J. Stanley (a pharmaceutical manufacturer) and Dorothy (maiden name, Driskill) Probst; married Joan Epstein (an actress), December 21, 1958 (divorced, 1968); married Melinda Plank (an actress and dancer), February 27, 1968 (divorced); married Pamela (divorced); married Christina Belford; children: (third marriage) Stacey. Education: Yale University, B.A., drama, 1956.

Addresses: Office c/o Port Charles, ABCTV, 4151 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Contact SBD Partners, 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 902, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Career: Actor. Worked as a cabinet maker and inventor; developed and patented an accessory that improves the usefulness and storage capacity of household closets.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America East.

Awards, Honors: National scholar, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1953; RCANBC acting scholar, Yale University, 195556.


Television Appearances; Series:

Ernest Cooper, Young Dr. Malone, NBC, 1959.

Rex Stern, The Brighter Day, CBS, 19601961 (some sources cite 1958).

Johnny Ellis, The Secret Storm, CBS, 19621963.

Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1963.

As the World Turns, 1965.

Ken Cora (some sources cite Ken Alexander), The Nurses, ABC, 19651967.

Paul Bradley, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, CBS, 1967.

Lincoln "Linc" Tyler III, All My Children, ABC, 19711972.

Joel Gantry, The Edge of Night, CBS, 19731974 and 19811982.

Jeffrey Trout, a recurring role, Eight Is Enough, 19791981.

Jack Felspar, The Bronx Zoo, NBC, 1986.

Chancellor Milton Arnold, a recurring role, Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 19931997.

Victor Collins, Port Charles (also known as Port Charles: Fate, Port Charles: Miracles Happen, Port Charles: Naked Eyes, Port Charles: Secrets, Port Charles: Superstitions, Port Charles: Tainted Love, Port Charles: Tempted, Port Charles: Time in a Bottle, and Port Charles: Torn ), ABC, 1997.

Victor Collins, General Hospital, beginning 1997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

John Quincy Adams II, The Adams Chronicles, 1976.

Hank Ferris, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, ABC, 1977.

James Grew, East of Eden (also known as John Steinbeck's East of Eden ), ABC, 1981.

Noble House (also known as James Clavell's Noble House ), 1988.

Bert Yeager, Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy (also known as Every Knee Shall Bow: The Siege at Ruby Ridge and The Siege at Ruby Ridge ), CBS, 1996.

Gerry Uelman, American Tragedy, CBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Art Beresford, Fear on Trial, CBS, 1975.

James T. O'Neil, Force Five (also known as Final Tactic ), CBS, 1975.

Mack, Widow, NBC, 1976.

Manners, The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish (also known as Every Man a King ), NBC, 1977.

Man in a sports car, Night Terror, NBC, 1977.

Jeff Kramer, Having Babies II, ABC, 1977.

Bill Gilmore, Rainbow, NBC, 1978.

Dick Owens, Reunion, CBS, 1980.

Dave Gildea, The Plutonium Incident, CBS, 1980.

Larry Wax, Marriage Is Alive and Well, NBC, 1980.

Ryan, The Last Song, CBS, 1980.

Jacob, Gideon's Trumpet, CBS, 1980.

Ed Lissik, The $5.20 an Hour Dream, CBS, 1980.

Ralph Dortlund, Desperate Voyage, CBS, 1980.

Elwin Potter, A Few Days in Weasel Creek, CBS, 1981.

Dr. Judd, Splendor in the Grass, NBC, 1981.

Greg Baker, Sr., The Kid from Nowhere, NBC, 1982.

John Cye Cheasty, Blood Feud, syndicated, 1983.

Dr. Thompson, Amazons, ABC, 1984.

Mitchell McKay, Second Sight: A Love Story, CBS, 1984.

Larry Walker, Into Thin Air, CBS, 1985.

Freddie Dayton, Murder in Three Acts (also known as Agatha Christie's Murder in Three Acts ), CBS, 1986.

Richard Baxter, A Stoning in Fulham County (also known as The Amish Story, Incident at Tile Mill Road, and The Stoning ), NBC, 1988.

Mr. Exeter, The Diamond Trap (also known as The Great Diamond Robbery ), CBS, 1988.

Colonel William Devereaux, Nightbreaker (also known as Advance to Ground Zero ), TNT, 1989.

Gordon Padway, The Hit Man, 1991.

Majority Rule, Lifetime, 1992.

Philip Carlyle, Love Can Be Murder (also known as Kindred Spirits ), NBC, 1992.

Judge Lamartine, Murder between Friends, NBC, 1994.

Don Barnett, Trial by Fire, ABC, 1995.

Paul Coster, Cagney & Lacey: Together Again, CBS, 1995.

Paul Cleary, Broken Trust (also known as Court of Honor ), TNT, 1995.

Perry Davies, Betrayed: A Story of Three Women, ABC, 1995.

Ralph Gilchrist, A Walton Wedding, CBS, 1995.

Frank Sanborn, Carriers (also known as Virus XDie toedliche Falle ), CBS, 1998.

Walter Burkett, Without Warning (also known as Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning ), CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1955.

The U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1958.

Omnibus, ABC, 1958.

The DuPont Show of the Month, NBC, 1960.

Robert, "Dear Arthur," Ford Startime, NBC, 1960.

Dane Ross, "The Changing Heart," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1961.

Tom Baxter, premiere episode, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City ), NBC, 1964.

"A Little Shuck and a Whole Lotta Jive," Kaz, 1978.

Clint Reilly, "Passport to Murder," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1979.

Al Mitchell, "Kids," Lou Grant, 1979.

Major Nathaniel Burnham, "Rumor at the Top," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1981.

"Brain Child," Trapper John, M.D., 1981.

"A Time of Peril," McClain's Law, 1981.

Horace Simmons, "The Late Sarah White," Tales of the Gold Monkey, ABC, 1982.

Royal Wilder, "Times Are Changing: Parts 1 & 2," Little House on the Prairie (also known as Little House: A New Beginning ), NBC, 1982.

Victor Farrell, "Double Entry," Simon & Simon, 1982.

Dr. Braft, "Matthew Star D.O.A.," The Powers of Matthew Star, 1983.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "Destiny's Choice," Voyagers!, 1983.

Norman MacClafferty, "Golden Opportunity," Cover Up, 1984.

Harry Parmel, "Capitol Offense," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

Mr. Ardrey, "The Life and Time of Dominic Florio, Jr.," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1985.

Vince, "Many Happy Returns," Knight Rider, NBC, 1985.

Nathan Billings, "The Ewing Connection," Dallas, CBS, 1985.

Nathan Billings, "Sentences," Dallas, CBS, 1985.

Nathan Billings, "The Verdict," Dallas, CBS, 1985.

Dr. Maurice Boland, "The Californians," Dynasty, 1985.

Howard McBride, "Does Not Compute," Riptide, 1985.

Dr. Maurice Boland, "Moment of Truth," The Colbys, 1985.

Ryan, "Four O'Clock," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1986.

Prison doctor, "Cheek to Cheek," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986.

Dr. Fetlock, "One for the Books," Amazing Stories, 1986.

Scott Cunningham, "My Dad's Bigger Than Yours," Sidekicks, 1986.

Ben Crawley, "When the Bough Breaks," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1987.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1987.

Jary Mallot, "First Love," Rags to Riches, 1987.

Professor Darnell, "My Fair Tony," Who's the Boss?, 1988.

Dr. Simon Brill, "Plastic Fantastic Lovers," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

Porter, "Conflict of Interest," Mancuso, FBI, 1989.

David Kingston, "O'Malley's Luck," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990.

Theo Cayle, "The Committee," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991.

Dr. Frankovich, "Like Father, Like Son," Growing Pains, 1991.

"The Amazing Lassie," The New Lassie, 1991.

Dr. Birch, "There Goes the Judge," L.A. Law, NBC, 1991.

Dr. Birch, "Monkey on My Back Lot," L.A. Law, NBC, 1991.

Dr. Birch, "P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992.

Jack, "Tippecanoe and Georgie, Too!," Sisters, NBC, 1992.

Mr. Simpson, Jack's Place, ABC, 1992.

Moriarty, Picket Fences, CBS, 1993.

Doctor, The Mommies, NBC, 1993.

George Lazlo, Jack's Place, ABC, 1993.

Dr. Paul Dodge, "The Obsession," Matlock, ABC, 1993.

Senator George Stewart, "The Washington Affair: Parts 1 & 2," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1994.

Dr. Harold Halpern, Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.

David Robinson, "System Down," Picket Fences, CBS, 1994.

Board member, "Growth Pains," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

Phil, "The Spider Webb," Nowhere Man, UPN, 1995.

Alvin Felton, "Miracle," Live Shot, UPN, 1995.

Eugene "Gene" Bennett, "Analogies," Party of Five, Fox, 1995.

Eugene "Gene" Bennett, "The Wedding," Party of Five, Fox, 1995.

Dr. Raymond Huxley, "A History of Murder," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1996.

Eugene "Gene" Bennett, "Going Home," Party of Five, Fox, 1996.

Eugene "Gene" Bennett, "Don't Let Go," Party of Five, Fox, 1996.

Joe Hockhowser, "Buried in Peace," The Cape, 1996.

Dr. Kloves, "The Pursuit of Dignity," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Dr. Llewellyn Young, "The Crash," Gideon's Crossing, ABC, 2001.

Bart Shell, "Paternity," The Guardian, CBS, 2001.

Special Prosecutor Clement Rollins, "Ways and Means," The West Wing, NBC, 2001.

Father Tom, "Bad Chemistry," That's Life, ABC, 2001.

"Admissions," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2002.

John Colohan, "Meet the Grandparents," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2003.

John Colohan, "Maybe Baby," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2003.

John Colohan, "Yo, Adrian," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Ellsworth, The Outside Man, CBS, 1977.

Harry Featherstone, Revenge of the Gray Gang, NBC, 1981.

Scott Thomas, Homeroom, ABC, 1981.

Walker Garrett, The Big Easy, ABC, 1982.

Crazy Like a Fox, 1984.

Nelson Sturgess, Starting Now, CBS, 1989.

Captain Barrisford, Angie, the Lieutenant (also known as Angie ), ABC, 1992.

Eugene "Gene" Bennett, Party of Five, Fox, 1994.

Richard, Dark Angel, Fox, 1996.

Television Appearances; Other:

Tom, Star for Tonight, NBC, 1955.

Hallmark Hall of Fame (special), NBC, 1959.

Appeared as Arthur in a broadcast of Ah, Wilderness.

Film Appearances:

Lionel Aldridge, The Way We Live Now, United Artists, 1970.

Paul Kearney, Man on a Swing, Paramount, 1974.

Andy DiCarlo, Smile, United Artists, 1975.

Carl Gordon, The Happy Hooker, Cannon, 1975.

Professor Samuel Graves, The Gumball Rally, Warner Bros., 1976.

Dr. Charles Warren, Damien: Omen II (also known as Omen II and Omen II: Damien ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1978.

George Brockington, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, United Artists, 1979.

Jim Hammen, Airplane! (also known as Flying High ), Paramount, 1980.

Joel's father, Risky Business, Warner Bros., 1983.

Eddie, The Falcon and the Snowman, Orion, 1984.

John Pilgrim, Choke Canyon (also known as On Dangerous Ground ), United Film Distribution, 1986.

Senator Tom Stewart, Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (also known as Home Front ), New Century/Vista, 1987.

Benjamin Wells, Less Than Zero, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1987.

Ramsen Conklin and man in bloody white suit, Brain Dead (also known as Paranoia ), MetroGoldwynMayer, 1990.

Hotel manager, Pacific Heights, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1990.

Hoffa's attorney, Hoffa, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1992.

Peter Farrell, Sliver (also known as SliverGier der Augen ), Paramount, 1993.

Bidwell, Hail Caesar, Crystal Sky Communications, 1994.

Judge Flynn F. Slattery, The Chamber, Universal, 1996.

Secretary of State Jack Douglas, Executive Decision (also known as Critical Decision ), Warner Bros., 1996.

Paul Moran, Murder at 1600 (also known as Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ), Warner Bros., 1997.

Dr. Prentice, Molly, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1999.

Dale, The Bachelor, New Line Cinema, 1999.

Senator Delich, Collateral Damage, Warner Bros., 2002.

Stage Appearances:

Peter, Light Up the Sky, Drummond Players, Baltimore, MD, 1951.

Trock, Winterset, Drummond Players, 1951.

Haimon, Antigone, Drummond Players, 1951.

John, John Loves Mary, Drummond Players, 1951.

Loevborg, Hedda Gabler, Drummond Players, 1951.

The Father, Drummond Players, 1951.

Peg o' My Heart, Drummond Players, 1951.

Lord Chancellor, Iolanthe, Camden Hills Theatre, Camden, ME, 1952.

Arthur Kindred, Detective Story, Camden Hills Theatre, 1952.

Randy Curtis, Lady in the Dark, Camden Hills Theatre, 1952.

Singer, My Heart's in the Highlands, Camden Hills Theatre, 1952.

Cromwell, Henry VIII, Camden Hills Theatre, 1952.

Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, Camden Hills Theatre, 1952.

Owen, Jenny Kissed Me, Camden Hills Theatre, 1952.

Launcelot Gobbo, The Merchant of Venice, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, 1953.

Hortensio, The Taming of the Shrew, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1953.

Suffolk, Henry IV, Part I, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1953.

Coriolanus, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1953.

Paul Verrall, Born Yesterday, Star Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1954.

Ernest, The Importance of Being Earnest, Star Theatre, 1954.

Turk, Come Back, Little Sheba, Star Theatre, 1954.

Arthur, Detective Story, Star Theatre, 1954.

Don, The Moon Is Blue, Star Theatre, 1954.

Simon, Hay Fever, Star Theatre, 1954.

John, The Old Maid, Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1957.

(As Nicholas Probst) Captain Dupont, Small War on Murray Hill, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1957.

Roger Parson, The Egghead, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1957.

Bill, Love Me Little, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Bezano, He Who Gets Slapped, Falmouth Playhouse, Falmouth, MA, 1958.

Jimmie Keefe, Howie, FortySixth Street Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Buzz, The Highest Tree, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Fredricks, Craig's Wife, Tappan Zee Playhouse, Nyack, NY, 1960.

Schuyler Grogan, Invitation to a March, Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, ME, 1961.

Ed Hughes, The Advocate, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1962.

James Keller, The Miracle Worker, Bucks County Playhouse, 1962.

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Casino Park Playhouse, Holyoke, MA, 1963.

Young man, Moments of Love, Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1963.

Understudy for Nick, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Barney, A Party for Divorce, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1966.

Tiger, The Rehearsal, Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1968.

James Daley, That Championship Season, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Gordon, Thieves, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Mr. Webb, Our Town, 19901991.

Major Tours:

Alan, The Boys in the Band, U.S. cities, 19691970.


Television Episodes:

"The Overnight Case," Way Out, 1961.