Nov. 29th, 1955
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5' 9 1/2
Howie Mandel's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - Being Canadian
2015 - Road Hard
2013 - When Jews Were Funny
2007 - Heckler
2007 - Certifiably Jonathan
2005 - The Aristocrats
2004 - Pinocchio 3000
2002 - Hansel & Gretel
1990 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1989 - Little Monsters
1986 - A Fine Mess
1984 - Gremlins
Guest TV Roles
Brian Booyah (Voiced)
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.
- Instead of shaking hands, a tap fist became a sort of his signature.
- Has a bikini wax named after him, for his clean-shaven head.
- Was once food poisoned by eating contaminated chicken.
- Suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and mysophobia (fear of germs). As a result, he will not shake hands with people.
- Once an opening act for 'Diana Ross (I)' (qv) in Las Vegas.
- His daughter, Jackie, is a teacher.
- Has three children: Daughters Jackie (b. 1984) and Riley (b. 1992) and son Alex (b. 1989).
- Friend of 'Jay Leno' (qv).