Nov. 30th, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mandy Patinkin's Main TV Roles
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Mandy Patinkin (born Mandel Bruce Patinkin; November 30, 1952) 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 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. 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.
- Won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for playing 'Ernesto 'Che' Guevara' (qv) 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 (_Sunday in the Park with George (1986) (TV)_ (qv), and in 2000 for Broadway's "The Wild Party".
- 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.
- Began singing in the temple choir at age 9.
- (November 1998) Had left cornea replaced due to degenerative eye disease (keratoconus)
- (May 1997) Had right cornea replaced due to degenerative eye disease
- In 2000 he released a CD entitled Kidults featuring childrens songs among others.
- Fans of _The Princess Bride (1987)_ (qv) 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.
- Lost his father to cancer.