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Raye Birk

Raye Birk (born May 27, 1943, Flint, Michigan) is an American film and television actor best known for playing the role of Pahpshmir in the first and last of the Naked Gun movies. He was the main villain in Naked Gun 33​1⁄3: 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. 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 assistant principal on The Wonder Years; starting with the pilot episode, when he had a conference with Kevin Arnold's parents for throwing food in the cafeteria. While generally antagonist, a more sympathetic role on the show was seen in the award winning episode "Goodbye" where he confides in Kevin that he is Kevin's new math teacher as Kevin's hardnosed algebra teacher has just died. He was also on a pair of Home Improvement episodes as one of Tim's poker buddies. Raye appeared in several episodes on the TV series Night Court. He appeared twice on The Golden Girls, both times playing a wedding caterer. Furthermore, in 1985, 1986 and 1992, he appeared on three episodes of Cheers 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 title 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 university band director Riley Pringle from 1989 to 1993. He also appeared in an episode of Mr. Belvedere as an accordion player. In 2004–2008, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Raye has been married to his wife Candace Barrett for 41 years. They have one son, Joshua, who is a professor of medieval history.

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May 27, 1943 In Flint, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Gas-s-s-s! 1970-09-04
Latest Project:
Movie New Neighbors 2016-09-15
Known For
Poster of New Neighbors
Poster of Star Trek: Insurrection
Poster of Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
Poster of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Movie New Neighbors Unknown 2016-09-15
Movie A Serious Man Dr. Len Shapiro 2009-09-30
Movie Factotum Heathercliff 2005-04-25
Movie Sweet Land Postal Clerk 2005-10-21
Series Black Scorpion Dr. Phineas Phoenix 2001-01-05
Movie Star Trek: Insurrection Son'a Doctor 1998-12-11
Movie After Jimmy John Davies 1996-09-24
Series Babylon 5 William 1994-01-26
Movie Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Papshmir 1994-03-18
Series ER Mr. Hartley 1994-09-19
Movie Cries from the Heart Unknown 1994-10-16
Series Due South Francis Bolt 1994-09-22
Series The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Series Frasier Walt Twitchell 1993-09-16
Movie Class Act Principal Kratz 1992-06-05
Series Under Cover Grimbach 1991-01-07
Series Silk Stalkings Atticus Dunn 1991-11-07
Movie Doc Hollywood Simon Tidwell, First Patient 1991-08-02
Series Home Improvement Fred 1991-09-17
Movie Challenger Joseph Kilminster 1990-02-25
Movie Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Judge Brown 1990-05-06
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson Unknown 1989-02-12
Series The Wonder Years Mr. Diperna 1988-01-31
Series Empty Nest Albert 1988-10-08
Movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Pahpshmir 1988-12-02
Movie The Stepford Children George Larson 1987-01-01
Series The Popcorn Kid Unknown 1987-03-23
Movie Burglar The Jogger 1987-03-20
Movie Amazon Women on the Moon Vanya 1987-09-18
Movie Throw Momma from the Train Pinsky 1987-12-11
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation Wrenn 1987-09-28
Series ALF Officer Griswald 1986-09-22
Series Fresno Mr. Loats 1986-11-16
Movie Deadly Messages Harding 1985-02-21
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Series The Golden Girls Caterer 1985-09-14
Movie Mister Roberts Dowdy 1984-03-18
Movie A Christmas Carol Marley's Ghost 1981-12-21
Movie Gas-s-s-s! Mort Catafalque 1970-09-04