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Janos Prohaska
Janos Prohaska
Roles Dodo Bird
Biographical Information
Birthdate October 10, 1919
Birthplace Budapest, Hungary
Death Date March 13, 1974 (age 54)
Death Place Bishop, California, United States[1]

Janos Prohaska played four creatures in Bewitched, most memorably as a Dodo Bird in two episodes (1967-1972)


Janos Prohaska was a American-based Hungarian actor and stunt performer on American television from the 1960s. He usually played the roles of animals or monsters.

He is best remembered for his recurring comic role as The Cookie Bear in The Andy Williams Show from 1969 to 1971. Prohaska also appeared in multiple roles on such television series as The Outer Limits, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space, and a few episodes of Gilligan's Island, where he played a gorilla. In 1967 he appeared as a white gorilla in the "Fatal Cargo" episode of the ABC Television science-fiction series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. On NBC-Television's Star Trek, his turns as the Horta in . . . "The Devil in the Dark", and the Mugato . . . in "A Private Little War" (also starring Nancy Kovack) are the best known of these [appearances]. He made an appearance on an episode of What's My Line? in 1969, where he wore one of his ape costumes.

Prohaska was married to Irene M. Knoke (29 June 1969 - 13 March 1974) (his death). He and his son Robert were killed along with thirty-four others on March 13, 1974 at 8:28 p.m. in the crash of a chartered Sierra Airlines Convair CV-440 aircraft near Bishop, California while filming the ABC/Wolper Productions television series Primal Man. The plane flew into a mountain ridge in darkness, but the exact cause of the crash was never determined. His ashes were interred in the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica.[2]

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  1. Janos Prohaska on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on March 22, 2020.
  2. Janos Prohaska on Wikipedia. Retrieved on April 4, 2020, edited.
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