Richard Portnow

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Richard Portnow
Born (1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present

Richard Portnow (born January 26, 1947) is an American actor known for such films and television series as Good Morning, Vietnam, Barton Fink, Kindergarten Cop, Seven, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Spirit, Law Abiding Citizen, Private Parts, Fallen Arches, Double Down, Spring Break '83, The Sopranos, Hannah Montana, The Nanny, Trumbo, Oldboy, Find Me Guilty, Underdogs and Boston Legal.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Portnow was born in Brooklyn, New York. A veteran of stage, film and television with a variety of characters to his credit, Portnow was named one of the "Actors We Love" from the actors' trade newspaper Back Stage West and said, "Portnow knows exactly how to hook an audience with every character."

Portnow graduated with a BA degree as a speech and theater major from Brooklyn College.

Portnow played the role of defense attorney Harold "Mel" Melvoin on the Emmy-winning HBO series The Sopranos (1999), the lawyer for Uncle Junior, whom he is able to keep out of prison and managed to get placed under house arrest instead. His rates for defending Corrado Soprano (Uncle Junior's full name) are astronomical, but as Uncle June has said, "Mel, you're worth every penny." He held the role since the show's inception in 1999.

Portnow is a member of Fête, a by-invitation group of successful executives and talent who work in entertainment.


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 

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