Richard Portman

Richard Raleigh Portman ( born April 2, 1934 in Los Angeles ) is an American sound engineer who won the BAFTA Award in addition to the Oscar for best sound even twice.


Portman's father Clem Portman was also a sound engineer and in 1970 was nominated for the Oscar for best sound in film Gaily, Gaily.

He began his career in the film industry in Hollywood in 1957 as a trainee at Columbia Pictures, before junior engineer at Metro -Goldwyn -Mayer in 1959 and there rose to become assistant to the engineer for monitoring audio recordings. In 1970 he joined, founded by Robert Altman film production company Lion's Gate Films and became its Tondirektor. He was instrumental in the creation of entirely new method in the re -recording and sound processing and the first Hollywood sound engineers, who mixed a complete movie alone.

At the Academy Awards in 1972, he was first nominated for the Oscar for Best Sound and along with Jack Solomon for Grandpa Kotch - Full steam out of the impasse ( Kotch, 1971). Other nominees in this category were followed in 1973 with Charles Grenzbach and Christopher Newman for The Godfather (1972 ) and Gene S. Cantamessa for Bill McKay - The Candidate (1972 ), 1974 with Les Fresholtz for Paper Moon (1973 ) as well as with Larry Jost for the day of the Dolphin (1973 ), 1975 GS Cantamessa for Young Frankenstein (1974) and in 1976 with Don MacDougall, Curly Thirlwell and Jack Solomon for Funny Lady ( 1975).

In 1976, he first won the BAFTA Award for Best Sound in collaboration with William A. Sawyer, James E. Webb and Chris McLaughlin for Nashville ( 1975).

In 1977, he was with David M. Ronne, Don MacDougall and Curly Thirlwell nominated for the Emmy for outstanding achievement in sound mixing for the produced ABC TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years ( 1977). Then he got together with Kay Rose, Michael Colgan, James Fritch and Larry Jost 1978 a BAFTA nomination for New York, New York ( 1977), before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977 ) with Sam Shaw Robert R. Rutledge, Gordon Davidson, Gene Corso, Derek ball, Don MacDougall, Bob Minkler, Ray West, Michael Minkler, Les Fresholtz and Ben Burtt another BAFTA Award for Best sound received.

At the Academy Awards in 1979, he shared with William L. McCaughey, Aaron Rochin and C. This Knight Academy Award for Best Sound for The Deer Hunter (1978). Together with C. This Knight and James J. Klinger, he was nominated for this film in 1980 for a BAFTA Award in this category. For the movie Coal Miner's Daughter (1980 ) he was in 1981 with Roger Heman Jr. and James R. Alexander also for both the Oscar and 1982 Gordon Ecker, JR Alexander and R. Heman Jr. for the BAFTA Award nomination for Best Sound. Other Oscar nominations for Best Sound, there were 1982 David M. Ronne for On Golden Pond ( 1981) and at the Oscar ceremony in 1985 with Nick Alphin, Robert Thirlwell and David M. Ronne for people on the river (1984).

Recently, together with John Pritchett, Dan Wahlin and Anna Behlmer received in 1993 was nominated for an Emmy in the category of outstanding sound mixing in a miniseries or a series Special for by Home Box Office (HBO ) produced TV movie Citizen Cohn - henchman of Death (1992 ). Also in 1992 the film was The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.

Portman, who was involved as a sound engineer in the development of over 160 films, worked with renowned film directors such as Daniel Petrie, Frank Pierson, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Michael Cimino, Michael Apted, Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Ritchie, Peter Bogdanovich, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, Herbert Ross and Mark Rydell together.

After he had retired for several years largely from the active film business, he became a lecturer in sound engineering at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.