Raye Birk

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Raye Birk
Born (1943-05-27) May 27, 1943 (age 71)
Flint, Michigan

Raye Birk (born May 27, 1943) 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 3313: 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. His other film credits include roles in Best Defense (1984), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Doc Hollywood (1991) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).

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 (played by Kelsey Grammer) 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.

In 2004–2008, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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