Raye Birk

Actor, TV Actor

1943 –


Who is Raye Birk?

Raye Birk is an American film and television actor famous for playing the role of Papshmir in the first and last of the Naked Gun movies. He was the main villain in Naked Gun 33¹⁄3: The Final Insult. He has also starred in Due South as the terrorist Francis Bolt in the Episodes "All the Queens Horses", "Red, White and Blue", "Call of the Wild Part One" and "Call of the Wild Part Two". He also had roles in the X-Files and Babylon 5.

In addition to these roles, he had a frequently occurring role as the principal on The Wonder Years, starting with the pilot episode when he suspended Kevin Arnold for throwing food in the cafeteria. He was also on a pair of Home Improvement episodes as one of Tim's poker buddies. In 1991 Raye appeared on the TV series Night Court as Frank Pepitone. He has appeared twice on The Golden Girls, both times playing a wedding caterer.

Furthermore, he appeared on three episodes of Cheers in 1985, 1986 and 1992 as Walt Twitchell, a mailman who got into minor altercations with Cliff Clavin. Birk reprised the role of Twitchell in a 2002 episode of the Cheers spinoff series, Frasier, in which the titular character returned to Boston and re-acquainted himself with old friends from the bar. He played a recurring role on Coach as Riley Pringle from 1989 to 1993.

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May 27, 1943
Also known as
  • Ray Birk
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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