Janos Prohaska (1919–1974)


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Janos Prohaska was born on October 10, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. He was an actor, known for Bewitched (1964), Star Trek (1966) and The Outer Limits (1963). He was previously married to Irene M . Knoke. He died on March 13, 1974 in Bishop, California, USA. See full bio »

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Bewitched Bear / Do-Do Bird / Dodo Bird / Gorilla
(1967-1972)
Star Trek Anthropoid Ape / Horta / Humanoid Bird / The Gumato / Yarnek
(1966-1969)
The Outer Limits Allen as Thetan / Darwin the Monkey / The Mikie (Alien Microbe)
(1963-1965)
Billy Rose's Jumbo Circus Performer
(1962)

Filmography

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 1974 Zandy's Bride
Bear (uncredited)
 1973 Dusty's Trail (TV Series)
The Bear / Hercules (The Bear) / Bear / ...
- Androcles and the Bear (1973) ... Hercules (The Bear)
- Half Moon (1973) ... Bear
- Tomahawk Territory (1973) ... The Bear
- The Treasure of C. Harry Motley (1973) ... The Bear
 1969-1973 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Black Bear / Gorboona
- Harry Catches Gold Fever (1973) ... Black Bear
- Lucy and the Mountain Climber (1971) ... Black Bear
- Lucy's Safari (1969) ... Gorboona
 1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Gorilla
- Gorilla of My Dreams (1973) ... Gorilla
 1972 Help, Inc. (TV Movie)
Gorilla
 1970-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Millard the Bear (segment "Love and the Unbearable Fiance") / Tiny the Gorilla (segment "Love and the Visitor")
- Love and the Amateur Night/Love and the Cheaters/Love and the Love Nest/Love and the Unbearable Fiance (1972) ... Millard the Bear (segment "Love and the Unbearable Fiance")
- Love and the Elopement/Love and the Visitor (1970) ... Tiny the Gorilla (segment "Love and the Visitor")
 1967-1972 Bewitched (TV Series)
Do-Do Bird / Gorilla / Dodo Bird / ...
- Sam's Witchcraft Blows a Fuse (1972) ... Do-Do Bird
- Darrin Goes Ape (1971) ... Gorilla (uncredited)
- Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds (1967) ... Dodo Bird
- A Safe and Sane Halloween (1967) ... Bear (uncredited)
 1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Heloise (uncredited)
 1961-1971 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Giant Teddy Bear / Halloween Ghoulie-Silent Spot / Taxi Cab Driving Bear / ...
- Appleby's Garage Sale (1971) ... Giant Teddy Bear
- Hiring the Secretary (1970) ... Halloween Ghoulie-Silent Spot
- San Fernando: Man with a Heart of Stolen Gold (1968) ... Taxi Cab Driving Bear
- Fairy Tales for Old Children (1968) ... Chimpanzee
- The Seven Year Wretch (1965) ... Buster the Boxing Bear (uncredited)
 1970 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Bear
- All for Charity (1970) ... Bear
 1969-1970 The Andy Williams Show (TV Series)
Cookie Bear
- Episode #2.2 (1970) ... Cookie Bear
- Episode #1.15 (1970)
- Christmas Celebration (1969) ... Cookie Bear
- Episode #1.12 (1969) ... Cookie Bear
- Episode #1.11 (1969) ... Cookie Bear
 1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You
Gorilla (as Janos Prohanska)
 1969-1970 Land of the Giants (TV Series)
Bobo - Gorilla / Gorilla
- The Marionettes (1970) ... Bobo - Gorilla
- Comeback (1969) ... Gorilla
 1970 Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Cookie Bear
- Episode #1.5 (1970) ... Cookie Bear (uncredited)
 1966-1969 Star Trek (TV Series)
Yarnek / The Gumato / Horta / ...
- The Savage Curtain (1969) ... Yarnek (uncredited)
- A Private Little War (1968) ... The Gumato
- The Devil in the Dark (1967) ... Horta (uncredited)
- The Cage (1966) ... Anthropoid Ape / Humanoid Bird (uncredited)
 1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- No Guest Star (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1968 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Bear
- Dr. Bellows Goes Sane (1968) ... Bear (uncredited)
 1967 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Gorilla
- Fatal Cargo (1967) ... Gorilla (as Janos Prohaszka)
 1967 Man of Steel
 1965-1967 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Gorilla / The Ape / Gladys / ...
- Our Vines Have Tender Apes (1967) ... The Ape
- Forward March (1966) ... Gorilla (uncredited)
- The Chain of Command (1965) ... Gorilla (uncredited)
- Beauty Is as Beauty Does (1965) ... Gladys
- Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend (1965) ... Ape (uncredited)
 1966 It's About Time (TV Series)
Giant Cuckoo-Wuckoo Bird
- The Mother-in-Law (1966) ... Giant Cuckoo-Wuckoo Bird
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Monkey
- Lucy and the Monkey (1966) ... Monkey
 1965-1966 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Giant Bird Monster / Giant Debbie the Bloop
- Forbidden World (1966) ... Giant Bird Monster (uncredited)
- The Oasis (1965) ... Giant Debbie the Bloop (uncredited)
 1966 Honey West (TV Series)
Bear / Gorilla
- Just the Bear Facts, Ma'am (1966) ... Bear (unconfirmed)
- Slay, Gypsy, Slay (1966) ... Gorilla (uncredited)
 1965 The Munsters (TV Series)
Olga the Dancing Bear
- Herman's Child Psychology (1965) ... Olga the Dancing Bear (uncredited)
 1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Gorilla
- The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (1965) ... Gorilla
 1963-1965 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
The Mikie (Alien Microbe) / Darwin the Monkey / Allen as Thetan
- The Probe (1965) ... The Mikie (Alien Microbe)
- The Sixth Finger (1963) ... Darwin the Monkey (uncredited)
- The Architects of Fear (1963) ... Allen as Thetan (uncredited)
 1964 Mickey (TV Series)
 1964 Bikini Beach
Clyde
 1964 Advance to the Rear
Flagpole Sitter (uncredited)
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo
Circus Performer
 1962 The Andy Williams Show (TV Series)
Cookie Bear (1969-1971)
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Darwin
- Wagon Show (1960) ... Darwin (as Janos Prohaszka)
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
- The Death-Divers (1960)
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Koko the Ape
- Witness No Evil (1959) ... Koko the Ape
 1959 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
Ed Carmody
- Invisible Force (1959) ... Ed Carmody
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Starred in an unsold sitcom pilot called "The Bear and I" as the titular ursine character whom almost everyone thinks is a guy in a fur suit. Only a kiddie show host, played by Soupy Sales, knows that the creature really is a talking bear.

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Alternate Names:

Janos Prohanska | Janos Prohaszka

Spouse:

Irene M . Knoke  (his death)
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Best known as the talking, cookie-mad bear during the last years of The Andy Williams Show (1969). This character was always trying to wheedle a cookie out of Williams and was constantly, but never violently, rebuffed. Because of Prohaska's Hungarian accent, his voice was dubbed by one of the show's writers, Ray Reese. See more »

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