David Proval

David Aaron Proval (born May 20, 1942) is an American actor and former boxer, known for his roles as Tony DeVienazo in the Martin Scorsese film Mean Streets (1973), Snooze in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Siegfried in Four Rooms (1995) and as Richie Aprile on the HBO television series The Sopranos (1999–2007).

David Proval
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Proval in 2008
David Aaron Proval

(1942-05-20) May 20, 1942 (age 81)
Years active1970–present


Proval was born in Brooklyn, New York into a Jewish family,[1] the son of Clara Katz, an actress from Bucharest, Romania.[2][3] He has appeared in such films as Mean Streets, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom, Mob Queen, Four Rooms, UHF, Innocent Blood, The Siege, The Monster Squad, Bookies, and Balls of Fury, had cameos in The Brady Bunch Movie, and Smokin' Aces, and has had recurring roles in television shows such as Picket Fences, Boomtown and Everybody Loves Raymond. He appeared on Kojak, The Equalizer, Miami Vice, and Friday the 13th: The Series. He appeared in the 14th episode of The West Wing, "Take This Sabbath Day", as Toby Ziegler's rabbi.

In 1977, his voice was heard in the cult animated film WIZARDS, as the robot assassin Necron 99. He also appeared in the 1989 cult film UHF as the Head Thug. In 2004, he played adult twin brothers James and Edward Talley in the Hallmark Channel original movie Murder Without Conviction.


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Mean Streets Tony
Cinderella Liberty Sailor 1
1975 Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins The Incessant Talker
1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York Ben
1977 Wizards Peace Voice
1978 Nunzio Nunzio
1981 Night City Angels Marty
1982 Hey Good Lookin' Crazy Shapiro
1983 The Star Chamber Officer Nelson
1987 The Monster Squad Pilot
1988 Vice Versa Turk
Shakedown Larry
1989 UHF Head Thug
1991 The Walter Ego Phil Reardon Short film
1992 Innocent Blood Lennie
1993 Romeo is Bleeding Scully
Strike a Pose McTeague
1994 Being Human George
The Shawshank Redemption Snooze
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Electrician
Four Rooms Sigfried Segment: The Wrong Man
To the Limit Joey Bambino
The Courtyard Dog Man
1996 The Phantom Charlie Zephro
Skyscraper Security Guard Uncredited, Direct-to-video
1997 The Relic Guard Johnson
Dumb Luck in Vegas Frank
1998 Mob Queen George Gianfranco Second lead-role
The Siege Danny Sussman
2000 Newsbreak Jacob Johnson
2001 Zigs (aka Double Down) Mike's Dad Direct-to-video
The Hollywood Sign Charlie
2002 13 Moons Mo Potter
White Boy Jim Lovero
2003 Bookies Larry
2004 Just Desserts Uncle Fabrizio
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Mr. Grant Uncredited
The Circle Dad
Angels with Angles Howie Gold
2006 Hollywood Dreams Caesar DiNatale
Smokin' Aces Victor Padiche
2007 The Unknown Trilogy Lucky Smith Segment: Frankie the Squirrel
Balls of Fury Mob Boss
2008 Stiletto Mohammed
Phantom Punch Savino
2009 Irene in Time Norm Florentino
The Deported Chabuyo
2010 Pete Smalls Is Dead Nimmo
Queen of the Lot Caesar
2011 Adventures of Serial Buddies Big Chicken
2012 Just 45 Minutes from Broadway Larry Cooper
Silent But Deadly Giovanni
Jerry and Tom Sal Short film
2013 Last Curtain Call Henry
2014 The M Word Sam Sachs Uncredited
2015 Sharkskin Uncle Charlie
Ovation Caesar
2016 The Brooklyn Banker Manny
2017 High and Outside Don
Wayward Pilgrim Uncle Charlie
Dakota Bob Herbert
Rusty Uncle Charlie
Lost Angelas Vince Rose
2018 Papa David Dresner
Cabaret Maxime Mr. Gus
2019 Rusty Uncle Charlie
Lost Angelas Vince Rose
Five Families Benny Short film
2021 Flinch Lee Vaughn


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Kojak Calvelli Episode: Siege of Terror
1975 Foster and Laurie Ianucci Made-for-TV film
1976 Police Story Cecil Gaines Episode: Bought and Paid For
Monster Squad Plunder Episode: No Face
1977 Nowhere to Hide Rick Made-for-TV film
1983 Knight Rider Robber with Gold Watch Uncredited, Episode: Silent Knight
1984 Cagney & Lacey Felix Parinchinko Episode: Taxicab Murders
1985 The Equalizer Goldman Pilot episode
Miami Vice I.A. Detective Louie Gallo Episode: The Dutch Oven
Fame Hunk Pepitone / Doran 2 episodes: White Light & Dreams
1986 Courage Angelo Cervi Made-for-TV film
1988–1989 Friday's Curse Eric / Victor Haas 2 episodes: 13 O'Clock & Badge of Honor
1989 Perfect Witness Luca Made-for-TV film
1990 L.A. Law William Mayer Uncredited, Episode: On Your Honor
The Marshall Chronicles Mr. Gelormino Episode: My Cheatin' Heart
1991 Quantum Leap Dr. Masters Episode: Shock Theater - October 3, 1954
Palace Guard Belarosa Episode: The Three-Minute Egg
1992–1995 Picket Fences Frank the Potato Man 3 episodes
1995 The Marshal Marvin Kendall Episode: The Heartbreak Kid
1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Joseph Happy Cartello Made-for-TV film
L.A. Firefighters n/a Episode: So What Else Happened
Rolling Thunder n/a Made-for-TV film
1997 The Pretender Carl Will Episode: Prison Story
1998 Felicity Mr. Kinney Episode: Hot Objects
Brimstone Harry Episode: Repentance
2000–2001 Everybody Loves Raymond Marco Fogagnola / Signore 6 episodes
2000 The West Wing Rabbi Glassman Episode: Take This Sabbath Day
2000–2004 The Sopranos Richie Aprile 10 episodes
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds Joe Sambarelli Episode: The Loud Man
James Dean Daniel Mann Made-for-TV film
Judging Amy Henry Pagano Episode: The Last Word
2002 The Division Edgar Lessing Episode: Long Day's Journey
2002–2003 Boomtown Paul Turcotte 3 episodes
2003 A.U.S.A. Carmine Schiavelli Episode: Till Death Do Us Part
2011 Workers' Comp Joe Made-for-TV film
2004 Murder Without Conviction James Talley Made-for-TV film
2016 Vinyl Vince Finestra 2 episodes: He in Racist Fire & The Racket
Aquarius Danilo Hodiak Episode: While My Guitar Gently Weeps


  1. ^ Mike Levy (September 13, 2001). "Mobster Makes Good". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  2. ^ David Proval Biography (1942-)
  3. ^ Hugh Hart (September 15, 2001). "He's Not Such a Bad Guy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 19, 2010.

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