Birth Name: Richard Portnow
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born in 1947 in Brooklyn, Portnow was so determined to break into show business that he eventually graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in speech and drama. Though he performed early and often at Cafe La Mama, an experimental theater in the East Village, among other venues, his screen career didn't begin until 1980, when he made his film debut as a homeless drunk in the musical comedy "Roadie." After landing a recurring role as a squad captain on "The Equalizer," Portnow briefly appeared in Woody Allen's "Radio Days" (1987) before portraying a hard-up salesman in "Tin Men." That same year Portnow was re-cast as radio announcer Dan 'The Man' Levitan in "Good Morning, Vietnam." A smal...