David Proval

David Aaron Proval (born May 20, 1942) is an American actor, known for his roles as Tony DeVienazo in the Martin Scorsese film Mean Streets (1973), Snooze in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 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 79)
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 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. In 2004, he played adult twin brothers James and Edward Talley in the Hallmark Channel original movie Murder Without Conviction.




  1. ^ Mike Levy (September 13, 2001). "Mobster Makes Good". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. 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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