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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Birth NameRichard Raleigh Portman

Mini Bio (1)

Portman entered the film industry in 1957, as a trainee at Columbia Pictures. In 1959 he joined the Samuel Goldwyn Studio as a junior engineer, rising to the position of Assistant Supervising Sound Recording Engineer. In 1970 he joined Robert Altman at the Lion's Gate facility, serving as Sound Director. He was instrumental in creating an entirely new approach to re-recording sound and post-production, and was the first in Hollywood to ever mix an entire feature by himself. He passed away at the age of 82 in 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Derek K. Herr

Spouse (3)

Jacqueline Martha Gilbert (1987 - 28 January 2017) (separated)
Patricia Marie Conroy (30 October 1965 - 11 September 1979) (divorced) (1 child)
Patricia C. Pafford (22 February 1957 - 1965) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (6)

Richard won an Academy Award for Best Sound on The Deer Hunter (1978) and he has been nominated eleven times for his work on other films.
Son of Clem Portman
He has a brother named Greg and sisters Deborah and Linda, Linda being the eldest.
His mother is Alberta Rose Long (maiden name Willetta) and step-father is William Frank Long.
Currently, Mr. Portman is taking time off from his career, teaching his craft at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
According to an 1998 interview with editor/sound editor Walter Murch at the Cinema Audio Society Annual Awards, Portman was the person who inspired the R2-D2 robot name for all the future Star Wars films. While working on American Graffiti (1973), Murch was using Portman's shorthand and said out-loud "R2-D2". A sleepy George Lucas woke up and asked what was said and Murch replied again. Lucas took notes that were later used a few years later on the first Star Wars film.

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