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Ralph Tabakin

Highest Rated: 92% Diner (1982)

Lowest Rated: 12% Sphere (1998)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

A favorite of director Barry Levinson (who once referred to the actor as the his lucky charm), Ralph Tabakin appeared in each of Levinson's films. Theirs was a chance meeting, Tabakin accompanied a group of students to an audition for Diner (1982), Levinson's directorial debut. Born in San Antonio, TX, in 1922, Tabakin was raised in New Orleans, LA, and Richmond, VA. His distinctive features were the result of his World War II tour of duty, that earned him two bronze stars and five purple hearts. Tabakin served as a Federal Aviation Administration engineer following the war, later becoming involved with acting after retirement. Co-founding the Silver Spring Stage and the Maryland Academy of Dramatic Arts, with his wife Madolyn in the late '60s, Tabakin worked in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore-area theater communities as a director and acting coach, as well as directing the Jewish Community Center of Washington's drama school. After his fateful meeting with Levinson and making his feature debut in Diner, Tabakin appeared almost exclusively in Levinson's films, even taking a recurring role in the director's television creation Homicide: Life on the Street.On May 13, 2000, Ralph Tabakin died of heart disease, in Silver Spring, MD. He was 79.

Highest Rated Movies



86% Homicide: The Movie Scheiner 2000
85% Liberty Heights Phil 1999
12% Sphere OSSA Official 1998
85% Wag the Dog Southern Man 1997
58% Disclosure Elevator Attendant 1994
22% Jimmy Hollywood Fan in Hospital 1994
30% Toys Fred 1992
85% Bugsy Elevator Operator 1991
83% Avalon Principal Dunn 1990
90% Rain Man Shift Boss 1988
90% Good Morning, Vietnam Chaplain Noel 1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997 Mr. Hudson 1987
67% Young Sherlock Holmes Policeman in Shop Window 1985
82% The Natural Al's Customer 1984
92% Diner TV Customer 1982


91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Dr. Scheimer Dr. Scheiner Scheiner Dr. Tabakin 1999


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