Richard Portnow Biography
Richard Portnow 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, Poolhall Junkies, Spring Break ’83, The Sopranos, Hannah Montana, The Nanny, Trumbo, Oldboy, Find Me Guilty, Underdogs and Boston Legal.
Richard Portnow Age
He was born on January 26, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He is 72 years old as of 2019.
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Richard Portnow Sopranos
The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, and portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization.
These are explored during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). The series features Tony’s family members, mafia colleagues, and rivals in prominent roles—most notably his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), and his protégé/distant cousin, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).
The pilot was ordered in 1997, and the show premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999. It ran for six seasons totalling 86 episodes until June 10, 2007. Broadcast syndication followed in the U.S. and internationally. The Sopranos was produced by HBO, Chase Films, and Brad Grey Television.
It was primarily filmed at Silvercup Studios in New York City, and on location in New Jersey. The executive producers throughout the show’s run were David Chase, Brad Grey, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, and Matthew Weiner.
Richard Portnow Seinfeld
Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that ran for nine seasons on NBC, from 1989 to 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, with the latter starring as a fictionalized version of himself. Set predominantly in an apartment building in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York City, the show features a handful of Jerry’s friends and acquaintances, including best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), friend and former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards).
It is often described as being “a show about nothing”, as many of its episodes are about the minutiae of daily life. Seinfeld was produced by West-Shapiro Productions and Castle Rock Entertainment. In syndication, the series has been distributed by Columbia TriStar Television Distribution and since 2002, Sony Pictures Television.
It was largely written by David and Seinfeld with scriptwriters who included Larry Charles, Peter Mehlman, Gregg Kavet, Carol Leifer, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Steve Koren, Jennifer Crittenden, Tom Gammill, Max Pross, Dan O’Keefe, Charlie Rubin, Marjorie Gross, Alec Berg, Elaine Pope, and Spike Feresten. A favorite among critics, the series led the Nielsen ratings in seasons six and nine and finished among the top two (with NBC’s ER) every year from 1994 to 1998.
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Richard Portnow Movies| Richard Portnow Filmography
- Good Morning, Vietnam
- Law Abiding Citizen
- Seven 1995
- The Way of the Samurai
- Kindergarten Cop
- Barton Fink
- Perfect Stranger 2007
- Perfect Stranger 2007
- Hitchcock 2012
- Find Me Guilty
- Sister Act
- Oldboy 2013
- Radio Days 1987
- The Spirit (film)
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Underdogs 2013
- Father of the Bride
- Poolhall Junkies
- S.F.W. 1994
- Trial by Jury 1994
- Tinker Bell 2008
- Café Society
- This Last Lonely Place
- 2 Jacks 2012
- Nanny Cam 2014
- The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor (film)
Richard Portnow Sister Act
Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program. It also features Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, and Harvey Keitel.
Sister Act was one of the most financially successful comedies of the early 1990s, grossing $231 million worldwide. The film spawned a franchise, which consists of a 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and a musical adaptation, which premiered in 2006. A remake of Sister Act is in the works. On December 7, 2018, it was confirmed that Regina Y. Hicks and Karin Gist were hired to write the script to Sister Act 3 to be released on Disney+.
Richard Portnow Good Morning Vietnam
Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy-drama war film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, who proves hugely popular with the troops, but infuriates his superiors with what they call his “irreverent tendency”. The story is loosely based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer.
Most of Williams’ performances that portrayed Cronauer’s radio broadcasts were improvisations. The film was a critical and commercial success; for his work in the film, Williams won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The film is number 100 on the list of the “American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest American Movies”.
Richard Portnow Voice
He voiced for Mel Luster in the Dinosaurs episode “The Mating Dance.”
Richard Portnow Trumbo
Trumbo is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and is based on the biography of Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook.
The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, and was released on November 6, 2015, by Bleecker Street. The film received generally positive reviews, with Bryan Cranston being nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, although the film itself was criticized for historical inaccuracies and misportrayals of people and events.
Richard Portnow Interview
Interview: Actors Richard Portnow and Juney Smith (Good Morning, Vietnam!)
Actor Richard Portnow knows that 25 years is a long time.“When you are an actor and you have been fortunate enough to have a long career, as I have, looking back at a movie that you had done 25 years ago is a little unsettling,” says Portnow, noting that he has less hair and more weight now than he did a couple of dozen years ago. “And there are films that I did 25 years ago that are not good. Those are painful to watch. But watching ‘Good Morning, Vietnam!’ is a real treat.”
In “Good Morning, Vietnam!,” Robin Williams portrays Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey who in 1965 Saigon turns Armed Forces Radio on its ear with his irreverent brand of humor. Portnow plays one of the supporting characters. The comedy was originally released in 1987, making this year its 25th anniversary – the perfect opportunity for Buena Vista Home Entertainment to make the movie available on Blu-ray.
Portnow credits “Good Morning, Vietnam!’s” staying power partly to the fact that the film is so funny and partly to the timing. The actor explains that Bangkok was still a very wide open town during production. Moreover, he notes that Southeast Asia is always exciting to look at and experience. Of course, he admits that Williams helped, as well. Portnow’s costar Juney Smith agrees.
“The word genius exists for a reason,” Smith says. “Somebody has got to accomplish it. [Robin Williams] did that. I knew that [‘Good Morning, Vietnam!’] would resonate with people because the script had solid humor based on a real dramatic situation and a real person. Great writing, great directing and great acting – all of the elements were there. It was a really wonderful thing.”
Portnow adds that “Good Morning, Vietnam!’s” director Barry Levinson aided in Williams’s genius. He explains that the filmmaker tends to refrain from calling cut when a scene as written is finished being played out. Instead, he lets the camera roll, thereby opening up the possibilities that his actors might engender. Having said that, the actor looks back on the experience with nothing but joy.
“It was the most exciting I thing I have ever done,” Portnow says. “I did not even know where Bangkok was when I got the call. An extreme location can be a real dream job because it is some place that you are unlikely to ever go to. I never would have gone to Thailand but I was traveling first class and being paid to do a terrific film and spend three months in the country. It was incredible.”
Moreover, Portnow credits “Good Morning, Vietnam!” with teaching him to not lock himself into a role before arriving on a set. That is because the character he ended up playing – Dan “The Man” Levitan – was not the one that he had prepared for thanks to a conflict in his schedule and some last-minute cast shuffling as a result. However, instead of allowing insecurity to overwhelm him, the actor used it to create the character.
“That is how I came up with stumbling and tripping over my words and mispronouncing things,” Portnow explains. “It was something I had never experienced before and as a result of working on that film I learned to open myself up to whatever was put in front of me and let the character live and breathe with the input that I could find on set and from my other actors.”
Meanwhile, Smith claims “Good Morning, Vietnam!” encouraged him to believe that he was a real actor. Of course, he also appreciated the opportunity to spend some time in Thailand and experience another culture, which he believes gave him a greater understanding of the scope of the world and where he fits into it.
“Good Morning, Vietnam!” (R – 121 minutes) is now available on Blu-ray at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley.