Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel

Nov. 29th, 1955
Born in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5' 9 1/2

Howie Mandel's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
America's Got Talent TV Show
America's Got Talent
St. Elsewhere TV Show
St. Elsewhere
Deal Or No Deal TV Show
Deal Or No Deal
Muppet Babies TV Show
Muppet Babies
Bobby's World TV Show
Bobby's World
Deal With It TV Show
Deal With It
Howie Do It TV Show
Howie Do It
Deal or No Deal (CA) TV Show
Deal or No Deal (CA)
Howie TV Show
Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance TV Show
Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Being Canadian
2015 - Road Hard
2013 - When Jews Were Funny
2007 - Certifiably Jonathan
2007 - Heckler
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

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Ernie Lapidus
Brian Booyah (Voiced)
Ralph Roberts
Guest Interviewee
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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.

  • Once an opening act for 'Diana Ross (I)' (qv) in Las Vegas.
  • An alumnus of Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am's Hebrew School where he celebrated his bar mitzvah.
  • Has three children: Daughters Jackie (b. 1984) and Riley (b. 1992) and son Alex (b. 1989).
  • Friend of 'Jay Leno' (qv).
  • Instead of shaking hands, a tap fist became a sort of his signature.
  • His daughter, Jackie, is a teacher.
  • Suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and mysophobia (fear of germs). As a result, he will not shake hands with people.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2008.

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