David Proval

David Proval

Proval in 2008
Born David Aaron Proval
(1942-05-20) May 20, 1942
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present

David Aaron Proval (born May 20, 1942) is an American actor, well known for his roles as Tony DeVienazo in the Martin Scorsese film Mean Streets (1973) and as Richie Aprile on the HBO television series The Sopranos (1999–2007).


Proval was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Jewish heritage,[1] the son of Clara Katz, an actress from Bucharest, Romania.[2][3] He has appeared in such feature films as The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom, Mob Queen, Four Rooms, UHF, Innocent Blood, The Siege, Bookies, 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 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 both adult twin brothers James and Edward Talley in the Hallmark Channel original movie Murder Without Conviction. Sopranos creator David Chase has stated Proval was his original choice for the lead role of Tony Soprano.


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