Paul Hecht


Miami Vice Character
Sam Kovics
August 16, 1941, London, England

Paul Hecht (born August 16, 1941) is an English/Canadian actor. He appeared in the show Miami Vice as Sam Kovics, porn distributor, in the episode "Heart of Darkness".

Early Life/CareerEdit

Hecht was born in London, England, and graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. His performance in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 1968 earned him a Tony nomination. He appeared in other Broadway productions such as 1776, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Enrico IV, which would win him an Obie Award. In the 1970s he was a regular voice actor on the radio program CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and provided the voice of Emperor Palpatine in the radio performance of Star Wars. He made his television acting debut in 1970 on the Hallmark Hall of Fame. He would appear in several TV movies in the 70s, including Pueblo and The Savage Bees.

Miami ViceEdit

In 1984, Hecht was cast in Miami Vice, appearing in the episode "Heart of Darkness" as Sam Kovics, distributor and maker of porn movies. He had Artie Rollins (played by Ed O'Neill) working for him, not knowing he was really Arthur Lawson, FBI agent. When Rollins set up a meet between Kovics and Crockett and Tubbs, the Vice cops' cover is blown by a malfunctioning wire on Tubbs, and Kovics gives the order to kill them to Rollins, instead Rollins helps the Vice cops and then takes a machine gun to kill Kovics in his limo.

After ViceEdit

Hecht would appear in a recurring role in Kate & Allie and Law & Order. His voice talents are in demand for audio-books, and he has performed on a number of them.

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