The story goes that huggable stand-up comedian Howie Mandel, who ran a carpet business once upon a time, began his show biz career by chance while catching amateur night at the Comedy Store on the L.A. Sunset Strip during a vacation. Goaded on by friends to try out, a producer spotted him, hired him for an appearance on the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh," and the rest is history. Talk about luck! Born in Toronto, Canada in 1955, Howie became a highly affable performer who quickly graduated to TV talk shows and Vegas gigs. Six years on, the critically-acclaimed "St. Elsewhere" (1982) medical drama not only increased his visibility but earned him Emmy nominations. An affinity for children led him to the Emmy-nominated animated kids' series "Bobby's World" (1990) serving as creator, executive producer and vocal talent. Film stardom has been elusive with silly, bumbling vehicles such as A Fine Mess (1986), Walk Like a Man (1987) and Little Monsters (1989) failing to click with audiences. Kids, however, enjoyed his cuddly voice as Gizmo, in the Gremlins (1984) film series.
Following his own failed talk show "The Howie Mandel Show" (1998) during the 1998-1999 season, Howie has managed a full time schedule of concerts and comedy specials that keeps him current with today's audiences.
|Terry Soil||(16 March 1980 - present) 3 children|
Does double "fist pound" with contestants on "Deal or No Deal" (2005)
"Dust bunny" beard
Pulling a surgical glove over his head to just past his nose, then blowing it up with his nose from inside.
Has three children: daughters Jackie (b. 1984) and Riley (b. 1992) and son Alex Mandel (b. 1989).
An alumnus of Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am's Hebrew School where he celebrated his bar mitzvah.
Once an opening act for Diana Ross in Las Vegas.
He was expelled from his high school in Toronto after pretending to be from the school board and convincing a local construction company to start construction of an addition onto the high school.
Suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and mysophobia (fear of germs). As a result, he will not shake hands with people.
Instead of shaking hands, a tap fist became a sort of his signature.
Friend of Jay Leno.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2008.
Has a bikini wax named after him, for his clean-shaven head.
Was once food poisoned by eating contaminated chicken.
His daughter, Jackie, is a teacher.
His road manager is Rich Thurber.
Best known by the public for his role as Dr. Wayne Fiscus on "St. Elsewhere" (1982).
His idol was Julie London.
Acting mentor was Norman Lloyd.
I'm from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I'm thankful for that.
[Who was leery about "Deal or No Deal" (2005)'s structure, until Rob first explained to him]: I thought it was a joke. Rob had this project board that looked like it had been made by an eight-year-old doing a school arts and crafts project. It made what I now know to be 'the board.' There were all these numbers and amounts on the board, and he cut out these little cards, which were the cases...I was looking at my buddy who I was sitting with, and I was going, 'This is a joke. I'm waiting for Ashton Kutcher to come around any minute.' Then [Rob] started playing the game with me, and I started getting into the game.
[If he joked a lot when he was attending school]: Yes, but nobody thought I was that funny. I was kind of a misfit, actually. When you're young, you want to be like everybody else, and I was like nobody else. I couldn't sit still. I was impulsive. I still am. What is now called a 'talent' did not serve me well as a child. I didn't have friends. I was really an outcast.
I thought that was funny, but nobody else did. I was mostly entertaining myself, though. My parents both had a great sense of humor, and always laughed a lot. One night, when they were watching Candid Camera, I finally understood what comedy was all about. I heard the laughter on television, I turned around and saw my parents laughing, and that's when I thought: 'This is great. This is what I can do. I'm gonna prank somebody.'
[Upon his first meeting with Norman Lloyd, on a groundbreaking medical drama]: When I first met Norman on St. Elsewhere, I mean, I thought he was only going to be a guest on the show 4 times. In fact, it was almost obvious to the rest of the cast & Ed [Flanders] to know that he was going to be a full-fledge regular, thanks to massive audiences and an appealing connection that made the show work, so I'm very grateful for Norman, doing 6 years of the show.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Norman Lloyd, who played Dr. Daniel Auschlander]: He was very inspirational between scenes, always cheering up everybody, and always smiles when Norman Lloyd passed through!
[Of Norman Lloyd]: Norman Lloyd is a great actor and is still around and certainly he was like a really good friend. He could regale us as stores -- He was in 'Spellbound' - Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945). He had great old Hollywood stories and connections that none of us 'youngins' had the experience. It was just fun to sit around and talk to him and hear the stories, I don't know if he was like a grandfather, he never lend me money or anything like that. He was certainly great to work with him, whenever I bump into him still, it's always a thrill.
(December 2005) Hosting the NBC Game Show "Deal or No Deal" (2005).
(January 2009) Filming his new reality show "Howie Do It" (2008).
(January 2009) Hospitalized for irregular heartbeat in Toronto, Canada.
(December 2009) Release of his book, "Here's the Deal, Don't Touch Me" by Howie with Josh Young.
(August 2010) On the panel of judges for NBC's "America's Got Talent"
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