Richard Portnow

Imagine studying all night for a test, only to walk into the class and realize you studied for the wrong exam. That's what happened to actor Richard Portnow on "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), when he arrived in Bangkok ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1947 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (119)

Café Society 2016 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

Elementary 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Naked in the Cold Sun 2016 (Movie)

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Spring Break '83 2016 (Movie)

Dean Martin (Actor)

Swing State 2016 (Movie)

Shoe Montgomery (Actor)

This Last Lonely Place 2016 (Movie)

Jason Pure (Actor)

Grimm 2015 (Tv Show)

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Nanny Cam 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Pizza with Bullets 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seasons of Love 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trumbo 2015 (Movie)

Louis B. Mayer (Actor)

Castle 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suits 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

2 Jacks 2013 (Movie)

Lorenzo (Actor)

Oldboy 2013 (Movie)

Bernie Sharkey (Actor)

Underdogs 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

Barney Balaban (Actor)

The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

How to Make it in America 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Made in Brooklyn 2010 (Movie)

Louis / Vito Ungaro (Actor)

Outlaw 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

Bill Reynolds (Actor)

Life is Hot in Cracktown 2009 (Movie)

Guy from 4 K (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2004, 2009 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Spirit 2008 (Movie)

Donenfeld (Actor)

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

Narron (Actor)

Tinker Bell 2007 (Movie)

Minister of Autumn (Voice)

Tony N' Tina's Wedding 2007 (Movie)

Vinnie Black (Actor)

Boston Legal 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Find Me Guilty 2006 (Movie)

Max Novardis (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1999, 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Sopranos 1999 - 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Poolhall Junkies 2003 (Movie)

Toupee Jay (Actor)

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Shield 2002 (Tv Show)

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Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

Trip (Actor)

Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai 2000 (Movie)

Handsome Frank (Actor)

Postal Worker 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Ryan Caulfield: Year One 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Boy Meets World 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Civil Wars 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Fallen Arches 1999 (Movie)

Nicky Kaplan (Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Road Kill 1999 (Movie)

Mr Charboneau (Actor)

Spin City 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Commish 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Nanny 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Bella Mafia 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Thunder 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Wine Coloured Tuxedo (Actor)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Producer (Actor)

EZ Streets 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Guy 1997 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Mad About You 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Brackett's Agent (Actor)

Private Parts 1997 (Movie)

Ben Stern (Actor)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

M Clay Thrasher (Actor)

Dave's World 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear John 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Donor Unknown 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Across the Moon 1995 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Double Rush 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the House 1995 (Movie)

Joey Renda (Actor)

S.F.W. 1995 (Movie)

Gerald Parsley (Actor)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

Dr. Beardsley (Actor)

Lipstick Camera 1994 (Movie)

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Trial By Jury 1994 (Movie)

Leo Greco (Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Max Marco (Actor)

Home Free 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Eyes III: On Guard 1993 (Movie)

Edgar Kaplan (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Willy (Actor)

There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 (Movie)

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Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

Detective Mastrionotti (Actor)

Father of the Bride 1991 (Movie)

Al the Tux Salesman (Actor)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

Milt (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Chattahoochee 1990 (Movie)

Doctor Debner (Actor)

Havana 1990 (Movie)

Mike MacClaney (Actor)

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Captain Salazar (Actor)

Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Uncle Luke (Actor)

Meet the Hollowheads 1989 (Movie)

Mr Crabneck (Actor)

Original Sin 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Agent Stewart (Actor)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Chop Shop Owner (Actor)

Courage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

Dan "The Man" Levitan (Actor)

Hiding Out 1987 (Movie)

Mr Lessig (Actor)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Sy (Actor)

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Squeeze 1987 (Movie)

Ruben (Actor)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

Carly (Actor)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

1st New York Wino (Actor)

A Deadly Silence (TV Show)

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Almost Partners (TV Show)

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Based on an Untrue Story (TV Show)

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Double Bang (TV Show)

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Dragstrip Girl (TV Show)

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Show)

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Peter Gunn (TV Show)

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Shadow of Doubt (TV Show)

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The Christmas Pageant (TV Show)

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The Wish List (TV Show)

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Trump Unauthorized (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Imagine studying all night for a test, only to walk into the class and realize you studied for the wrong exam. That's what happened to actor Richard Portnow on "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), when he arrived in Bangkok and learned he had only a few days to learn a completely new role, that of Dan 'The Man' Levitan. But what could have been disaster turned into a highlight of the veteran character actor's career, which spanned from the New York City stage to Los Angeles TV studios. The Brooklyn-born Portnow brought a lifetime of eclectic experiences to his later-in-life profession, which made the jump from stage to screen in the 1980s with supporting roles in everything from "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1985-89) and "Tin Men" (1987) to "Radio Days" (1987) and "Say Anything..." (1989). By the '90s Portnow's rough and tumble demeanor had made him a go-to authority figure in increasingly high-profile projects such as "EZ Streets" (CBS, 1996-97), "Se7en" (1995) and "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), where he portrayed pricey Mob lawyer Harold "Mel" Melvoin. And with his career still going strong with later roles on "Boston Legal" (Fox, 2004-08) and in "Hitchcock" (2012), Richard Portnow has become an enduring screen presence.

Relationships

Gayle Halperin

Sister

EDUCATION

Brooklyn College

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in "Hitchcock"

1999

Portrayed a gangster in Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"

1999

Cast as a Mob attorney on the HBO series "The Sopranos"

1995

Cast in a supporting role in "Se7en"

1991

Cast as a detective in the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink"

1987

Cast opposite Robin Williams in "Good Morning, Vietnam"

1987

Featured in a supporting role in Woody Allen's "Radio Days"

1985

Made TV debut on the CBS primetime cop show "The Equalizer"

Bonus Trivia

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Often cast as tough characters like cops and mobsters.

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Worked a number of odd jobs during his stage career, including bartender, body builder and antiques dealer.

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Reunited with several "Sopranos" co-stars in the 2007 indie film "Made in Brooklyn."

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Initially prepared for a different character in "Good Morning, Vietnam," but was re-cast as Dan 'The Man' Levitan and had only a few days to learn the part once he arrived in Bangkok.

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