Richard Portnow Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 21 Nov, 2019
Facts of Richard Portnow
Date of Birth: 1947 , January-26
Age: 74 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet
Name Richard Portnow
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn
Ethnicity white
Profession actor
Net Worth $1 million
Weight in KG 81kg
Girlfriend Joanne Stanulonis
Married Yes
Married to Sarah Buchan
Children N/A
Divorce N/A
Education The Sports of Acting School in Burbank
Siblings Jay Portnow and Gayle Portnow.
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Richard Portnow is an American actor best known for his works in various movies and television series such as Good Morning, Vietnam, Barton Fink, and Kindergarten Cop. He also has made his guest appearances in several movies such as Café Society, Spin City, Swing State, Trumbo and Naked in the Cold Sun.

Who Is Richard Portnow?

Portnow was born on January 26, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is American by nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. He is the son of Flo Portnow (mother) and Al Portnow (father). He has a brother named Jay Portnow and a sister named Gayle Portnow.

Portnow attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York and later moved to the Brooklyn College. He graduated from college with a BA degree in speech and theater. He studied acting at The Sports of Acting School in Burbank, California.


Portnow worked as a fifth-grade teacher in the NYC public school system. He has worked in various fields such as a bartender, a bouncer, a truck driver, a competitive bodybuilder, and an international drug trafficker.

Portnow played the role of attorney Hal "Mel" Melvoin on the Emmy-winning HBO series named The Sopranos in 1999. He has held this role since the show's inception in 1999. He gained massive popularity for playing this role.

Portnow started his career at the famed Café La Mama in New York City, where he appeared in several plays by Tom Eyen, Leonardo Melfi, Jeff Weiss, Megan Terry, Tom O'Horgan and Lanford Wilson. He became the winner of "The Best Newcomer of the Year" award from Show Business because of his early work off-Broadway.

Portnow previously worked as an actor in SAG/AFTRA, an acting company in Los Angeles, California. He has also served as Septic Tank Purging Supervisor of The Laughing JackAss Motel and Motor Court.

Furthermore, the actor also appeared in dozens of hit TV series like Boston Legal and more. He shared the screen in the series along with James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Monica Potter, and more.

As a successful actor in the industry, Portnow has starred in numerous movies and mini-series throughout his career. His notable acts include Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Double Bang, Bella Mafia, A Deadly Silence, and Original Sin.

He has appeared in several films and television series throughout his career. He was in the original cast of "Moonchildren" held at the prestigious Royal Court Theater in London.

Does He Have a Net Worth In $Million? 

As per estimation made by various authorized sources, Richard Portnow has a net worth of $1 million, in 2019. He has collected such a beautiful amount of money from her work in countless movies and TV shows. 

Who Is He Married To?  

Talking about his personal life, Richard Portnow is a married man who tied the knot with his wife Sarah Buchan, on 6th August 2007, in a private wedding ceremony. The couple did not share further about their married life. But, according to some reports, the couple dated for a few years before they tied the knot.  

Richard and his spouse have been enjoying their married life for a long time now, but they yet to have any child. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife. 

Past Relationship 

He has not revealed his past affair. He seems concentrated about his work and has less time to share about his personal life. He is often suspected of his sexual orientation and is rumored to be gay.

His birth sign is Aquarius.