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Nicholas Pryor (born January 28, 1935) is an American film and television actor.

Nicholas Pryor
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Pryor in 1964.
Nicholas David Probst

(1935-01-28) January 28, 1935 (age 84)
Other namesNick Pryor
Years active1954–present


Life and careerEdit

Pryor was born Nicholas David Probst in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dorothy (née Driskill) and J. Stanley Probst, a pharmaceutical manufacturer.[1]

His early film credits include appearances in The Happy Hooker (1975), Smile (1975), and as nervous college professor Samuel Graves in the 1976 film The Gumball Rally. Notable film credits included appearing alongside William Holden and Lee Grant in Damien: Omen II (1978), as one of the sick passengers in Airplane! (1980), the role of Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise)'s father in the hit movie Risky Business (1983), and as Julian Wells' father in Less Than Zero (1987). His other film credits include The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), Pacific Heights (1990), Executive Decision (1996), The Chamber (1996) and Collateral Damage (2002).

Pryor's most notable television role was that of A. Milton Arnold, the Chancellor of California University, in the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. Pryor's character, who appeared on the show from 1994–97, was a widower and the father of one daughter, Claire (portrayed by Kathleen Robertson). His other television appearances included The Adams Chronicles (1976), Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977) and Gideon's Trumpet (1980).

In 1964, Pryor was an original cast member of the new soap opera Another World, playing Tom Baxter until the character was killed off after six months. In 1973 Pryor was the second actor to play the role of P.I. Joel Gantry on The Edge of Night. For several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he played the role of Victor Collins on General Hospital and its spin-off, Port Charles.

Pryor has been married to actress Christine Belford since July 1993.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Way We Live Now Lionel Aldridge
1974 Man on a Swing Paul Kearney
1975 The Happy Hooker Carl Gordon
Smile Andy
1976 The Gumball Rally Prof. Samuel Graves - Cobra Team
1978 Damien: Omen II Charles Warren
Rainbow Bill Gilmore TV movie
1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh George Brockington
1980 Airplane! Mr. Jim Hammen
1981 Splendor in the Grass Dr. Judd TV movie
1983 Risky Business Mr. Goodsen
1984 Second Sight: A Love Story Mitchell McKay TV movie
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Eddie
1986 On Dangerous Ground John Pilgrim
Murder in Three Acts Freddie Dayton TV movie
1987 Morgan Stewart's Coming Home Tom Stewart
Less Than Zero Benjamin Wells
1988 A Stoning in Fulham County Baxter TV movie
1990 Brain Dead Man in Bloody White Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
Pacific Heights Hotel Manager
1992 Hoffa Hoffa's Attorney
1993 Sliver Peter Farrell
1994 Hail Caesar Bidwell
1996 Executive Decision Secretary of State Jack Douglas
The Chamber Judge Flynn F. Slattery
1997 Murder at 1600 Paul Moran
1999 Molly Dr. Prentice
The Bachelor Dale Arden
2002 Collateral Damage Senator Delich
2007 The List Harold Smithfield
2008 The Four Children of Tander Welch Tander Welch
2014 A Short History of Decay The Man in White
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 D8 Male Patient
2016 Buster's Mal Heart Mr. Bowery


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