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Overview (3)

Born in Sacramento, California, USA
Birth NameRandolph Deroy Mantooth
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Randolph Mantooth definitely fit the bill when he made a bankable name for himself in the TV medical series Emergency! (1972) as strong but sensitive paramedic/firefighter "John Gage". Tall, dark and quite handsome, he is of Seminole Indian heritage, born in Sacramento, California, one of four children to a construction engineer. His childhood was somewhat physically unsettling in that his father's job career had the family moving frequently from state to state. Randy attended San Marcos High School in the Santa Barbara area of California where he participated in school plays. He received a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York following his studies at Santa Barbara City College.

Randy was discovered in New York by a Universal talent agent after performing the lead in the play "Philadelphia, Here I Come" and returned to California. He slowly built up his resume with work on such dramatic series as Adam-12 (1968), McCloud (1970), Alias Smith and Jones (1971) and Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969). This led to TV stardom on the popular "Emergency!" series in 1972 which ran over five seasons. As a change of pace, he tried comedy and earned series roles on the short-lived Operation Petticoat (1977) and Detective School (1979), as well as pursued the guest star route on episodics. He was also prominently seen in the high-profile mini-series Testimony of Two Men (1977) and The Seekers (1979).

After a career lull in the early 1980s, Randy found a new direction in his career with daytime soaps. He played "Clay Alden" in the soap opera Loving (1983) from 1987 through 1990, then left for personal reasons before returning to the show in 1993, this time in the role of "Alex Masters". The soap was later revamped and entitled The City (1995) but it lasted only two more years. Since then, he has regularly appeared on General Hospital (1963), One Life to Live (1968) and As the World Turns (1956), where he has played both good guys and villains. Randy has frequently returned to his theater roots in such productions as "Footprints in Blood", "Back to the Blankets", "Wink Dah", "The Independence of Eddie Rose", "The Paper Crown", "The Inuit" and, most recently, "Rain Dance" off-Broadway in 2003.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Kristen Connors (10 August 2002 - present)
Rose Parra (1 July 1978 - 1991) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently stars in soap operas
Deep smooth voice

Trivia (74)

Forced to cut his hair in compliance with real LA County Fire Department standards, Mantooth added the phrase: "Make room for a long-haired fireman" to his autograph on technical advisor Jim Page's copy of the pilot script.
He is half Seminole Indian.
His 7th out of his 9th year participating in an Annual All-Star-Game in Szot Park in Chicopee, Massachusetts. [July 2000]
Co-owns a bar in New York.
In 1997, he made a guest appearance on Diagnosis Murder (1993) starring Dick Van Dyke, which reunited him with former Emergency! (1972) co-star Robert Fuller.
Has been actively involved in several charitable causes such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation Western & Central Massachusetts Chapter and has served as a board member of Project 51.
Bought a 13-1/2 acre ranch in Agoura, California, in the 1970s that was later destroyed by the devastating "Malibu Fire" on October 15, 1978.
One of his first jobs in the entertainment industry was being an NBC Page at their television studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
His old friend and Emergency! (1972) co-star, Kevin Tighe, was Best Man at his 2002 wedding to Kristen Connors.
The oldest of four children. His siblings are Don Mantooth, Tonya Mantooth, and Nancy Mantooth.
Did a play with Don Knotts and Rue McClanahan in a stage production of "The Man with The Dirty Mind.".
Best known by the public for his starring role as Paramedic Johnny Gage on Emergency! (1972).
Serves as Honorary Chairman and Spokesperson for the Non-Profit County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association, and recently received an award for his efforts from the International Association of Fire Chiefs' EMS section.
Was raised in Santa Barbara, California, after living in 24 states.
As a teenager, he was a fan of both shows: The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
Before he was a successful actor he used to be a newspaper boy for the local paper, the Coatesville Record, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
He was considered for the part of Seismologist Walt Russell on the 1974 disaster movie Earthquake. In the end actor Kip Niven got the part.
After Emergency! (1972), he was considered together with Harrison Ford for an television show about Canadian Mountain Rangers. The show was was never made.
He created a television show about the Urban Search and Rescue Unit called "USAR-1".
He wrote a screenplay called "Pipeline" with Kevin Tighe.
He was considered for one of the leading parts in the short-lived WB show "Hyperion Bay".
Before he co-starred opposite Julie London on Emergency! (1972), Mantooth, along with her second husband Bobby Troup, Tim Donnelly and Ron Pinkard had worked for Jack Webb, who was married to London at the time.
His acting mentor was the late Julie London.
Nephew of Margie Casey, who was a public school teacher, before an elementary school principal. She retired in 1989.
His mother, Sadie Mantooth, died on April 2, 2013, at age 90.
His aunt, Margie Casey, died on May 17, 2012, at age 87.
Best friend of Kevin Tighe.
Has both compilation albums by Julie London.
Since 2003, Mantooth is an Associate Artist of The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan.
Along with Julie London, Bobby Troup and Kevin Tighe, Mantooth also appeared in every episode of Emergency! (1972).
Lifelong friend of Robert Pratt, they met in 1970, when they were both contract players at Universal Studios.
Became very good friends with Julie London's and Bobby Troup's entire family: Reese Troup, Jody Troup, Ronne Troup, Cynnie Troup, Kelly Troup, Lisa Webb and Stacy Webb.
Participating in Project 51, a non-profit organization organized to not only celebrate the impact Emergency! had on rescue and emergency services, but to honor members of the EMS profession as well. As one of seven committee members guiding this organization, Randy has just finished a cross-country tour, travelling with the refurbished Squad from the television show to such cities as: Orlando, Chicago, Las Vegas, Long Island, Baltimore and the final stop, Washington, D.C. On May 16, nearly 30 years after Emergency! debuted, the Smithsonian Institute accepted Emergency! memorabilia into its Natural History Museum. [2000]
He has played the same character (Paramedic John Gage) ON four different series: Emergency! (1972), Emergency +4 (1973) "Adam-12" (1968), and Sierra (1974).
In 1995, he, along with former Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Kevin Tighe and Bobby Troup, all visited Julie London in the hospital, when she suffered a stroke.
Like his ex-Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Julie London, Bobby Troup and Kevin Tighe, Mantooth is also a private person.
His acting mentor and former series' lead, Julie London, died on October 18, 2000, at age 74. (Julie celebrated her 74th birthday on September 26, 2000, just 1 week after him, and passed away, the following month of what would've been her husband's Bobby Troup's 82nd birthday.).
Mantooth, along with Julie London, Bobby Troup and Kevin Tighe, attended the memorial of Jack Webb, when the producer passed away in 1982.
Mantooth along with Kevin Tighe would frequently visit Julie London's house.
Once admitted he never had a crush on Julie London.
Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Julie London on Emergency! (1972).
Met Julie London in 1971 on Emergency! (1972). He was friends with her until her death in 2000.
In almost all the Emergency! episodes, a pack of cigarettes is clearly visible in his front left uniform pocket. He is never shown smoking on camera at all.
Randolph's great-great grandfather Robert Mantooth (b. 1825 in Cocke County, Tennessee) served as a Confederate soldier in the 60th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Crawford's) (79th Infantry) in the War Between the States. Robert's brothers (or cousins) John and James served in the same unit.
Upon arriving at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Randy was prompted to consider changing his name. Having Randy as his given name at birth, he felt this was more of a nickname than a name, so he decided to change his name to Randolph.
One of his two sisters, Nancy Mantooth, died on August 26, 2015, after a long battle with cancer.
Has successfully treated cancer. [2015].
Did live action safety tips along with Kevin Tighe at the end of each episode of the Saturday morning cartoon series Emergency +4 (where they reprized both their roles from the live action TV show Emergency) these scenes were cut out when the show went in to syndication.
Credits Julie London as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Had signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1970.
Surrogate son of Julie London.
In 1991, he was attached to appear in the american / italian coproduction of "White Cobra Express". The action movie was supposed to be directed by Jeff Kwitny and produced by Miles O'Keeffe, Chris Trainor, Blaine Beveridge and Aristide Massachessi ( aka Joe D' Amato ). Based on a script written by Jeff Kwitny and Greg Beal. Randy's costars would have been Miles O'Keeffe, John Steiner, Ronald Lacey, Henry Silva, Rebecca Lacey, Corinne Clery and Domiziano Arcangeli. The production couldn't find funding and was never made.
Each September of every year (for nearly 30 years), by one week, he shared the same month (in birthdays) with Julie London, until her death in 2000.
For he and Kevin Tighe to play their own roles on Emergency! (1972), they actually took paramedic courses, despite not taking any written exams.
He and Kevin Tighe both had to study the medical dictionary with Julie London and Bobby Troup, for pronouncing medical terms.
When he lost his real-life father, Julie London became his surrogate mother, during the run of Emergency! (1972), and in real-life.
starring in "Morning After Grace" at the Purple Rose Theater. [December 2016]
Partnered with friend and fellow actor Robert Pratt to create the multimedia company Prattooth Productions.
As Emergency! gained popularity, he decided to devote his professional life exclusively to acting. Sold his share of his company, Prattooth Productions, to brother Don Mantooth.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Julie London.
While doing The City (1995), Mantooth got a phone call from Julie London's family. Her family wanted him to visit her in the hospital. Consequently, Mantooth took the plane from New York to Los Angeles to visit his acting mentor.
His family didn't know Julie London, except for him, when he co-starred in Emergency! (1972) with her. By the time the series was on, Mantooth wanted London to meet his real-life father, when he already lost his father.
Actress/singer and television personality Julie London took him under her wing, when he was 26. Their friendship lasted for almost 30 years, until London's death in 2000.
He, along with his ex-Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Robert Fuller, Julie London and Kevin Tighe, attended the funeral of Bobby Troup's, on 22 February 1999. Troup co-starred in "Emergency!".
His acting mentor Julie London had given him (along with Kevin Tighe) an opportunity to meet some jazz musicians.
Along with Kevin Tighe, he had also been taught to listen to music by Julie London.
Frequently remembers his acting mentor Julie London.
Has highly praised Julie London for his stardom in acting.
Before he starred in Emergency! (1972), that featured Julie London, compared to his future co-star Kevin Tighe, he was a lifelong fan of hers, by listening to her music.
Was born in the same city and in the same year as Adrienne Barbeau, and is 3 months younger than her.
While commuting from Los Angeles to New York, he was approached by the producers to do a soap opera Loving (1983). At one point, the producers of that soap wanted his character to be a villain from the heart, when they actually wanted his character to be the hero with an edge. He enjoyed the role.
Had always referred to Julie London and Bobby Troup, both of his medical teachers, as his parents, off-camera on Emergency! (1972).
Despite being lifelong friends with Robert Fuller, who played his medical teacher on Emergency! (1972), he stopped keeping in touch with Fuller. This was because Fuller was newly married to Jennifer Savidge, and they both needed to leave Hollywood, California (their lifelong residence) to move to Gainesville, Texas, near Dallas, so both Savidge and Fuller could live on a ranch.

Personal Quotes (10)

People tell me this all the time...they come up to me and say, 'You're my hero,' I say no. I'm just the face. You're the body. You do the work. You're on the front line. Believe me, when I tell you from the bottom of my heart -- if you're a firefighter...an EMT...a paramedic -- you're my hero.
[When he arrived from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to become an actor]: This town let me be an actor. They've always said, 'Randy? Yeah, let's see what he can do.' Hollywood never said, 'Let's see what he can do,' they said, 'I know what he can do. I don't need to see him.'
[on playing someone else besides "Johnny Gage"]: I got recognized when I was on Emergency! (1972), but nothing like I do now as "Clay". People seem to have a tendency to take the soaps much more seriously and reality identify on a personal basis much more than they do on prime-time. I'll be riding home on the subway and these ladies will come up to me and lecture me about how I should deal with "Ava".
My son's up to no good, and really no good, and I'm sorta [I guess] in a state of denial. I can't believe that my son's doing something like this, and I've been pretty much hiding him out and financing him, behind my wife's back, and turns out that was a big mistake on my part.
[on his Loving (1983) character]: I don't want to make him a villain. First of all, I don't think anyone is all bad or all good; there are shades of human behavior and I think a character is more interesting and more credible if you show those shadings.
[When asked if he ever had a crush on Julie London, while doing the Emergency! (1972) series]: Johnny's relationship with Dixie, he loved her! She was always ... a lot of people would say, 'Hey, did you have a crush on Julie London?' She was 2 years younger than my mom. No, I didn't have a crush on her; but; I loved her! I loved her and Bobby so much and that love was reciprocated and Kevin ... we were like their sons.
[on the later deaths of his professional on- and off-screen relationships with singers/actors Bobby Troup and Julie London, who played Dr. Joe Early, MD and Nurse Dixie "Dix" McCall, RN, respectively]: Bobby Troup and Julie London ... it was a killer when he passed away and Julie, too. It was like a real end of an era for us ... I still think about them and those times when Bobby was telling me how he wrote the song, "Route 66", and what he was going through ... I remember saying, 'Randy remember every word he is telling you' ... Julie London was so great, and she always referred to herself as a 'broad'. My fondest memory of her was the sheer joy of working with her ... she always had this droll sense of humor and I also remember sitting in their home [they were married from 1960 until he died in 1999; she was previously married to Jack Webb from 1947-1953]. It was this typical L.A. sprawling house in the hills overlooking the Valley and there were all these photos of Frank Sinatra and others ... I remember sitting there thinking I have been allowed to enter this sanctum that most people don't ever get to see. It was really neat.
[Of Julie London]: I don't know if it was up to her, but Kevin and I had both kept calm by her personality, when we were shooting in the hospital. Bobby Troup only knew who she was - she was just like Julie. She made us laughing!
[Who interpreted about Julie London, who was the 1st Emergency! (1972) female star ever to be a torch singer of the 50s/60s, to a modern woman of the 70s]: She was talented and didn't need many words and we didn't need much paragraph to do that!
[Who wondered if Julie London had to use the medical dictionary for her role on Emergency! (1972)]: Julie London didn't study anything. She read the words (on a teleprompter). She was one of the best teleprompter readers and was the only one on the show. And the thing is we kept saying, Julie, she was so insecure about all the medical stuff and she did it for all the 8 years and she did it right. I didn't know Jack Webb wanted her to.

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