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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 November 1952Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameMandel Bruce Patinkin
Nickname The Patink
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mandy Patinkin was born "Mandel Bruce Patinkin" to Lester, a scrap metal dealer and Doris "Doralee". His first name was a tribute to his grandfather. Growing up he began singing in synagogue choirs at the age of 13-14 and still continues to use his fantastic voice in musicals and in recordings.

Attending Juilliard he became good friends with actor Kelsey Grammer and upon hearing that Cheers (1982) was auditioning for the role of Dr. Frasier Crane he immediately put Grammer's name forward for the role.

Rumours persist about Patinkin's sudden departure from Criminal Minds (2005). He simply failed to show up one day for a table read. He has contacted the entire cast to explain what is referred to as "personal reasons" for leaving. It seems that although Patinkin was prepared for the show to include violence the actual level of violence portrayed was unacceptable to the actor. He left to do more light hearted work.

Patinkin supports many charities including: PAX, Doctors Without Borders, Americans for Peace Now, The September 11th Fund, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and Gilda's Club.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dredzfall

Spouse (1)

Kathryn Grody (15 June 1980 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (27)

1970 graduate of Kenwood High School, Chicago.
Acted in very first commercial for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats; commercial filmed in Chicago's Loop.
Had left cornea replaced due to degenerative eye disease (keratoconus). [November 1998]
Had his right cornea replaced due to degenerative eye disease. [May 1997]
Father of Isaac Patinkin (born 1983) and Gideon Grody-Patinkin (born 1987).
Occasional appearances on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) on CBS-TV. His most memorable performances were with Tony Randall, who accompanied him pretending to have had a taxi breakdown and therefore needing an emergency rehearsal hall. Mandy then brings down the house with Al Jolson standards "Swanee", "Mammy", etc.
Was not asked to reprise his Tony award-winning role of 'Che' in the movie version of Evita (1996).
Attended the University of Kansas for two years before being "discovered."
Mandy does concerts for the gun control advocacy group Pax and for Doctors Without Borders, a group that provides medical relief in violence-torn areas such as Darfur, Lebanon, and many other developing countries.
Mandy's mother is Doralee Patinkin Rubin, a cookbook author, who is to have her own cooking show on the Food Network.
Portrayed a spirit from the '50s in a 7-Up ad for his first TV commercial in 1970. Also played the lead in the very first TV commercial for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats.
Won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in Broadway's "Evita." He was also nominated twice as Best Actor (Musical): in 1984 for Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George," a role he recreated on TV (American Playhouse: Sunday in the Park with George (1986), and in 2000 for Broadway's "The Wild Party".
Says that, of all the roles he's played in his career, "Inigo Montoya" from The Princess Bride (1987) is his absolute favorite.
He is a lover/collector of Lionel model trains and he continues to enjoy playing with them to this day. He considers the concept of hanging on to such "classic" influential toys from the past very important to pass down to future generations.
Did an interview for a 1987 The Princess Bride (1987) featurette pretending to have worse English than the character he was playing (a Spaniard). In reality, he's American, born and bred.
In 2000 he released a CD entitled Kidults featuring childrens songs among others.
Before he and Adam Arkin starred as doctors on the television show, Chicago Hope (1994), they both played doctors in the movie, The Doctor (1991).
Began singing in the temple choir at age 9.
Briefly studied acting at New York's Juilliard School of Drama, but dropped out to pursue work.
Lost his father to cancer.
Fans of The Princess Bride (1987) frequently attend his live performances just to hear him utter the famous line, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." He frequently includes it towards the end of the show.
He has played the same character (Dr. Jeffrey Geiger) on three different series: Picket Fences (1992), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Chicago Hope (1994).
Starred in two film adaptations based on E.L. Doctorow novels: Ragtime (1981) and Daniel (1983).
He is now starring in a new London fringe musical "Paradise Found" at the Menier Chocolate Factory. [June 2010]
He stars on the television show Criminal Minds (2005). [January 2006]
He is now "Rube Sofer" on Showtime's Dead Like Me (2003) series.
Appearing in TV commercials for Crestor, a cholesterol management medication. [May 2005]

Personal Quotes (8)

Everything I experience influences everything I do.
I try to say something about the human condition whenever I can when I'm lucky.
I'm just an actor. I am nothing special. An actor is only as good as what they have on the page in front of them, and anyone who tells you differently is full of shit.
The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds (2005) in the first place.
[re quitting Criminal Minds (2005)] It wasn't the right fit. I made a choice I didn't want to make. I pushed myself, thinking I needed more fame, more economic security. One of the greatest gifts that Homeland (2011) has given me is it's affirming on a daily basis. I'm always with the script, walking around with this stuff 24/7, so my head's in a good place. The role is about listening, and when you don't listen to yourself, you get in trouble. I wasn't listening to myself in Heartburn (1986) [from which he was fired]. I listened to [my agent and] the culture at large saying, 'You've got to be in a movie, this is going to make you,' and it wasn't who I was. Yes, I did Yentl (1983) and Dick Tracy (1990), but I felt, and I still feel a little bit today that I'm really not successful, because I didn't become a movie star. The irony is half of those movie stars are all trying to be in television shows like this.
I struggled with letting in other people's opinions. During Chicago Hope (1994), I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. I started off with people like Milos Forman, Sidney Lumet, James Lapine, unbelievably gifted people. So there I was saying, 'Don't talk to me, I don't want your opinion.' I behaved abominably. I don't care if my work was good or if I got an award for it. I'm not proud of how I was then, and it pained me.
[re his father, physically impaired in an accident] If you'd say, 'What was your father's greatest pain?' it's that he couldn't play catch with me because he couldn't control his right hand. He was worried that he would throw the ball too hard and too fast and he'd hurt me. I remember when my aunts and uncles would say, 'You don't know your father,' meaning before the brain accident. My little kid-ness was going, 'What do you mean I didn't know my father?' He was a great man. He taught himself how to walk again, to write with his left hand. My father was a hero.
[re his role as Saul in Homeland (2011)] When were you afraid? Why? Did you pray? Shake? Sweat? The way I like to work is to attach personal experiences to what I'm doing, so it helps tremendously if I can write my own play under what the writer has written. Saul's heart is in his head. He dreams for the greater good of the world. Saul is now 60 years old, as I am, and he has had a full life in his business, as I have, and he doesn't know how long he gets to be around, as I don't. He recognizes the gift of youth personified by his child in this piece, who is Carrie. He believes that both the savantlike and intellectual qualities of Carrie's nature are the greatest single hope for humanity. He believes so deeply in her possibilities.

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