Robert Trout Prescott was born on May 17, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. His father, John S. Prescott (deceased), worked in management at several large city newspapers (Detroit, Baltimore, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.). His mother, Robin Balch Prescott, is a doctor of speech and audiology who taught and did ground breaking work in the field of cued speech. Prescott changed schools often from K-12. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in English. He then moved to New York City and studied acting at the Bill Esper Studio with Joanne Baron and continued at the Joanne Baron Studio. Upon completing the two year program, he was cast in Joy of Sex (1984) by director Martha Coolidge (an overlooked gem from the early 1980s golden age of low-budget teen comedies), which brought him to Los Angeles for the first time. He spent the next 10 years in Los Angeles acting in movies (Bachelor Party (1984), Real Genius (1985)), television pilots, television guest spots (numerous), and was a founding member of two theatre groups — the JamCenter and the Whitefire Theatre. Rather discouraged and dissatisfied with his life in Los Angeles, Prescott chose to move back to New York City and step away from the business (“I needed to do something else, or more like, I had to do something else.”) He taught and coached basketball at Martin Luther King High School in Manhattan. He tended bar in the Lower East Side, and worked a construction job at Ground Zero in the months after 9/11. He gradually resumed his acting career and began working on television episodes shot in New York City: The Sopranos (1999), Damages (2007), Blue Bloods (2010), Trinity (1998), Deadline (2000), Third Watch (1999), New York Undercover (1994), C.P.W. (1995) and Law & Order (1990). He acted in New York City and regional theatre, and has appeared in dozens of commercials. He acted in New York City area movies: Gun Hill Road (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Cold Comes the Night (2013), Burn After Reading (2008), and Michael Clayton (2007), in which he unsuccessfully attempted to explode George Clooney.