Sully Boyar

Irving "Sully" Boyar (December 14, 1924 – March 23, 2001) was an American actor of Russian-Jewish descent.

Sully Boyar
BornDecember 14, 1924
DiedMarch 23, 2001 (aged 76)

Boyar was one of seven children, some of whom grew up to become lawyers and businessmen. He also worked as a lawyer before turning to acting. He had a twin brother named Samuel.

A life member of the Actors Studio,[1] he worked with Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) as the bank manager Mulvaney. His many other film credits included The Panic in Needle Park (1971), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Gambler (1974), Car Wash (1976), The Deadliest Season (1977), Oliver's Story (1978), Night of the Juggler (1980), The Jazz Singer (1980), Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981), The Entity (1982), Too Scared to Scream (1985), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Best Seller (1987), The Lemon Sisters (1989), Betsy's Wedding (1990), In the Soup (1992), and Just the Ticket (1999). He was also a theater actor.

On television, he regularly appeared in the first 4 seasons of Law & Order, mostly in a cameo role as an arraignment judge. He also guest starred on The Sopranos, in 2001, playing Dr. Krakower, a psychiatrist consulting with Carmela Soprano. The episode aired 16 days after Boyar's death.

On March 23, 2001, while waiting for a city bus in Queens, New York, Sully Boyar died of a heart attack at 76.


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Man Outside Policeman
1969 Me and My Brother
1971 The Panic in Needle Park Doctor
1971 Made for Each Other Psychiatrist
1971 The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Bald Bartender Uncredited
1972 Last of the Red Hot Lovers Man #1 Coffee Shop
1972 The King of Marvin Gardens Lebowitz
1972 Up the Sandbox Fat Man Uncredited
1974 The Gambler Uncle Hy
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Mulvaney, Bank's manager
1976 Car Wash Leon 'Mr. B' Barrow
1977 The Deadliest Season Tom Feeney
1978 Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws
1978 Oliver's Story Mr. Gentilano
1980 Night of the Juggler Larry the Dog Catcher
1980 The Kidnapping of the President FBI Chief
1980 The Jazz Singer Eddie Gibbs
1981 Fort Apache, The Bronx Dugan
1982 The Entity Mr. Reisz
1983 The American Snitch Pommeranz
1985 Too Scared to Scream Sydney Blume
1985 Prizzi's Honor Casco Vascone
1986 The Manhattan Project Night Guard
1987 Best Seller Monks
1989 Mortal Sins
1989 The Lemon Sisters Baxter O'Neil
1990 Betsy's Wedding Morris (Lola's Dad)
1992 In the Soup Old Man
1994 Somebody to Love Porno Theatre Owner
1994 Hits! Mr. Dougherty
1999 Just the Ticket Uncle Tony
2004 Delivery Method (final film role)


  1. ^ David Garfield (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of the Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.

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