Richard Portnow Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 23 Apr, 2017
Facts of Richard Portnow
Date of Birth: 1947 , January-26
Age: 72 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet
Name Richard Portnow
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn
Ethnicity white
Profession actor
Weight in KG 81kg
Girlfriend Joanne Stanulonis
Married 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 has made his guest appearances in several movies such as Café Society, Spin City, Swing State, Trumbo and Naked in the Cold Sun.

Early Life and Education

Portnow was born on January 26, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is American by nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. 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 the 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 body builder and an international drug trafficker.

Portnow played a 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.

Personal Life and Affairs

Portnow has reached the age of 70 now. His birth sign is Aquarius. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 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.

Portnow is not married till the date. He is currently single which can be known from his social sites. He has kept his personal life confidential. He revealed that his fame would decrease after his marriage that is why he never married.

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

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.

Body Measurements, Net Worth and Salary

Portnow stands an amazing height of 1.8 meters (6 feet) and weighs 180 pounds. He earns a well deserving salary from his working career and has maintained a wonderful net worth in his life.