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Ralph Tabakin

Highest Rated:   100% Homicide: The Movie (2000)
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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Homicide: The Movie
  • Scheiner
2000
87% Liberty Heights
  • Phil
1999
12% Sphere
  • OSSA Official
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Southern Man
1997
59% Disclosure
  • Elevator Attendant
1994
14% Jimmy Hollywood
  • Fan in Hospital
1994
26% Toys
  • Fred
1992
85% Bugsy
  • Elevator Operator
1991
83% Avalon
  • Principal Dunn
1990
90% Rain Man
  • Shift Boss
1988
89% Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Chaplain Noel
1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997
  • Mr. Hudson
1987
65% Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Policeman in Shop Window
1985
81% The Natural
  • Al's Customer
1984
91% Diner
  • TV Customer
1982

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