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Richard Portnow

A veteran of stage, film and television with a variety of characters to his credit, Richard Portnow was named one of the "Actors We Love" by the actors' trade newspaper Back Stage West. "Portnow knows exactly how to hook an audience with every character." This Brooklyn native has worked steadily for 30 years and has built a solid list of credits, ... See full bio »
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Trumbo Louis B. Mayer
Hitchcock Barney Balaban
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The Sopranos Attorney Melvoin / Harold 'Mel' Melvoin
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 2017 The Gliksmans (completed)
Tim Neuman
 2017 Andover (post-production)
Shamus Trout
 2017/I Demo (pre-production)
The Professor
 2017 Frank and Ava (filming)
Walter Winchell
 2017 Higher Power (post-production)
Charles Margrey
 2017 The Hack (pre-production)
Dr. Silverstein
 2016 Dicky Sledgehammer: The Case of Sunday Stone (Short) (completed)
Hamsandwich Tony
 2015 The Fourth Noble Truth (completed)
Aaron's Lawyer
  Red Team Go (post-production)
The Pawn Shop Owner
  The Castle (TV Series short) (post-production)
  The Gold Rush Boogie (pre-production)
Frankie gagalino
 2017 Major Crimes (TV Series)
The Gardener
- Dead Drop (2017) ... The Gardener
 2017 Timeless (TV Series)
Mayor William Hale Thompson
- Public Enemy No. 1 (2017) ... Mayor William Hale Thompson
 2016 Swing State
Shoe Montgomery
 2016 Café Society
 2016 Elementary (TV Series)
Eddie Eichorn
- You've Got Me, Who's Got You? (2016) ... Eddie Eichorn
 2016 Soy Nero
Murray - the Garage Owner
 2016 Four Kings (TV Series)
Shelton Solowitz
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Shelton Solowitz
 2015 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge Ben Margovski
- Restraint (2015) ... Judge Ben Margovski
 2015 Grimm (TV Series)
Daniel Troyer
- Maiden Quest (2015) ... Daniel Troyer
 2015/II Parallel
 2014 Nanny Cam
Detective Jones
 2014 Seasons of Love (TV Movie)
 2014 Suits (TV Series)
Pete Kreeling
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (2014) ... Pete Kreeling
 2014 This Last Lonely Place
Jason Pure
 2014 Castle (TV Series)
Milt Boyle
- That '70s Show (2014) ... Milt Boyle
 2013 Duke
Carroll Green
 2013 A Voice in the Dark
Dr. Levi
 2013 Slightly Single in L.A.
Older Bar Guy
 2013 Underdogs
John Handon II
 2013 In the Dark (TV Movie)
Detective Archer
 2012 Hotchfeld (Short)
Salvatore Vorrato
 2012 Hitchcock
Barney Balaban
 2012 2 Jacks
 2012 Franklin & Bash (TV Series)
Richard Kohl
- For Those About to Rock (2012) ... Richard Kohl
 2012 Imaginary Friend (TV Movie)
 2012 Dirty People
 2012 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Creed's Attorney
- Kupale (2012) ... Creed's Attorney
 2012 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Preston Seville, Sr.
- Brooklyn Til I Die (2012) ... Preston Seville, Sr.
 2011 The Christmas Pageant (TV Movie)
Leo Brenner
 2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
- Scarlet Ribbons (2011) ... Phil
 2010 Jack's Family Adventure (TV Movie)
Denny Simpkins
 2010 The Wish List (TV Movie)
 2010 How to Make It in America (TV Series)
Ben's Father
- Paper, Denim + Dollars (2010) ... Ben's Father
 2010 Killer by Nature
 2010 Privileged (Video)
Mr. Rothman
 2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown
Guy from 4 K
 2009 The Minis
 2008 The Spirit
 2008 Cold Case (TV Series)
Oscar Anderson '08
- The Dealer (2008) ... Oscar Anderson '08
 2008 Tinker Bell (Video)
Minister of Autumn (voice)
 2007 The Indian
 2007 Made in Brooklyn
Louis / Vito Ungaro
 2007 Good Time Max
Head Administrator
 2007 Perfect Stranger
 2007 Dirt (TV Series)
Teddy Jick
- Ovophagy (2007) ... Teddy Jick
 2006 Hannah Montana (TV Series)
Marty Kline
- On the Road Again (2006) ... Marty Kline
 2006 TV: The Movie
 2005 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Lester Colette
- Everything Old Is You Again (2005) ... Lester Colette
 2005 Head Cases (TV Series)
- In the Club (2005) ... Max
 2005 Meet the Mobsters
Jerry Kaminski
 2005 Trump Unauthorized (TV Movie)
Mayor Ed Koch
 1995-2005 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Howard Segal / Harry Bernstein
- Moving Day (2005) ... Howard Segal
- Innuendo (1995) ... Harry Bernstein
 2004 Under the City
 2003 X2 - Wolverine's Revenge (Video Game)
Beast (voice)
 2003 Stereotypes (Short)
Emergency Radio Announcer
 2002 Poolhall Junkies
Toupee Jay
 2002 The Shield (TV Series)
Jim Wright
- Cherrypoppers (2002) ... Jim Wright
 2001 Going to California (TV Series)
Lou Barlow
- The Naked and the Nude (2001) ... Lou Barlow
 2001 Double Bang
Lieutenant Shatkin
 2001 Zigs
Arnold Zigman
 2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Movie)
Harry Prince
 2000 The Mystery of Spoon River
Agent Cicarelli
 2000 The Unscarred
Tommy Matolla
 2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
AAG Charles Novotny
- The Out-of-Towners (2000) ... AAG Charles Novotny
 2000 18 Wheels of Justice (TV Series)
Anthony Guardino Jr.
- Two Eyes for an Eye (2000) ... Anthony Guardino Jr.
 2000 Lured Innocence
Jack Shelby
 2000 Happy Accidents
 1999 Choose Life (Short)
Vito Ungaro
 1999 Kilroy (TV Movie)
Ed Gray
 1999 Witness Protection (TV Movie)
Niko (uncredited)
 1999 The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (TV Movie)
Vincent Lo Russo
 1999 Desert Thunder
Adm. Le Clair
 1999 Ballad of the Nightingale
Arnie D'Angelo
 1999 Road Kill
 1999 Boy Meets World (TV Series)
- Can I Help to Cheer You? (1999) ... Stan
 1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One (TV Series)
Sgt. Palermo
- Po-Piggity and Other Racial Slurs (1999) ... Sgt. Palermo
- Pilot (1999) ... Sgt. Palermo
 1998 Fallen Arches
Nicky Kaplan
 1998 Postal Worker
Dr. Nicholas Brink
 1998 My Giant
 1998 Shadow of Doubt
Marvin Helm
 1998 Spin City (TV Series)
Mr. Paterno
- Deaf Man Walking (1998) ... Mr. Paterno
 1997 Bella Mafia (TV Movie)
Anthony Moreno
 1997 Mad City
Brackett's Agent
 1997 JAG (TV Series)
Sibby Lonegro
- Ghost Ship (1997) ... Sibby Lonegro
 1997 Brittle Glory
Sid Higgins
 1996-1997 Mad About You (TV Series)
- The Cockatoo (1997) ... Arthur
- Do Me a Favor (1996) ... Arthur
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Irving Rothbart - LaRue's Attorney
- Trial of LaRue (1997) ... Irving Rothbart - LaRue's Attorney
 1996 Bogus
M. Clay Thrasher
 1996 Guy
 1996 Dream On (TV Series)
- Finale - Part One (1996) ... Roy
 1996 Dave's World (TV Series)
- Loves Me Like a Rock (1996) ... Leon
 1995 Donor Unknown (TV Movie)
Hal Cooney
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series)
Jack Malkov
- A Dime a Dance (1995) ... Jack Malkov
 1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial (TV Movie)
Judge George
 1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Barry Barker
- Whine, Whine, Whine (1995) ... Barry Barker
 1995 Across the Moon
 1995 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning (TV Movie)
 1995 Man of the House
Joey Renda, Frank's Son
 1991-1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Walter Pell / Lt. Walt Murphy
- Twice Dead (1995) ... Walter Pell
- A Killing in Vegas (1991) ... Lt. Walt Murphy
 1994 The Nanny (TV Series)
- A Star Is Unborn (1994) ... Phillipe
 1994 S.F.W.
Gerald Parsley
 1994 Trial by Jury
Leo Greco
 1994 Dragstrip Girl (TV Movie)
Det. Dryden
 1994 Lipstick Camera
Detective Vorkopich
 1994 The Commish (TV Series)
- Benny (1994) ... Benny
 1993 Seinfeld (TV Series)
- The Handicap Spot (1993) ... Ray
 1992 There Goes the Neighborhood
Marty Rollins
 1992 Homefront (TV Series)
Actor / Announcer
- The Lemo Tomato Juice Hour (1992) ... Actor / Announcer
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Jerry DeSantos
- The Naked and the Wed (1992) ... Jerry DeSantos
 1992 Middle Ages (TV Series)
- The Pig in the Python (1992) ... Buddy
 1992 Sister Act
 1992 Beethoven
Man with Gun in Briefcase (uncredited)
 1991-1992 Dinosaurs (TV Series)
Mel Luster
- The Clip Show (1992) ... Mel Luster (voice)
- The Mating Dance (1991) ... Mel Luster (voice)
 1991 Father of the Bride
Al - the Tux Salesman
 1991 For the Boys
Milt, Recording Studio
 1991 The New WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Cleeve Peevey
- Every Move a Work of Art (1991) ... Cleeve Peevey
 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (TV Movie)
Dave Barrett
 1990/I Havana
Mike MacClaney
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Cameron Prince
- The Movie Mystery (1990) ... Cameron Prince
 1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
Uncle Luke
 1990 Singer & Sons (TV Series)
- Our's Not to Reason Why Shmy (1990) ... Maurice
 1989 Chattahoochee
Dr. Debner
 1989 Peter Gunn (TV Movie)
 1989 A Deadly Silence (TV Movie)
D.A. Ed Jablonski
 1989 Say Anything...
IRS Agent Stewart
 1989 Original Sin (TV Movie)
 1989 Meet the Hollowheads
Mr. Crabneck
 1988 Twins
Chop Shop Owner
 1988 Something Is Out There (TV Series)
Jimmy 'Blue Eyes', Eddie's Ex-Boss
- Gladiator (1988) ... Jimmy 'Blue Eyes', Eddie's Ex-Boss
 1988 Dear John (TV Series)
- Pilot (1988) ... Harry
 1988 In Dangerous Company
 1988 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Louis Cabra
- Blood Dance (1988) ... Louis Cabra
 1987 Almost Partners (TV Movie)
 1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
Dan 'The Man' Levitan
 1987 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
- A Children's Story (1987) ... Naj
 1987 Hooperman (TV Series)
- Hot Wired (1987)
 1987 Beverly Hills Buntz (TV Series)
Jimmy Montaigne
- Pilot (1987) ... Jimmy Montaigne
 1987 Weeds
 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (TV Movie)
Harry Long
 1987 The Squeeze
 1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Billy Einhorn
- The House of Blue Leaves (1987) ... Billy Einhorn
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
- Everybody Needs a Little Love (1987) ... Curtis
 1987 Tin Men
 1987 Radio Days
 1986 Courage (TV Movie)
Frankie Ce De Baca
 1985-1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Police Lieutenant / Policeman / Detective
- Dead Drop (1986) ... Policeman / Detective
 1985 Desperately Seeking Susan
Party Guest
 1983 Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer (TV Movie)
 1980 Roadie
First New York Wino
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Stage: Appeared in Michael Weller's play, "Cancer," in the World Premiere production at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with Martin Shaw, Al Mancini, Seth Allen, Karen Ludwig, Chris Malcolm and David Healy in the cast. Roger Hendricks Simon was director. See more »

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Graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Notable former students include: Shirley Booth, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Elli Walach, Barbara Stanwyck, Beverly Sills, Lainie Kazan, Gabe Kaplan, Susan Hayward, John Forsythe, Bobby Fischer, and Jeff Chandler,. See more »


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