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Mandy Patinkin was born Mandel Bruce Patinkin in Chicago, Illinois, to Doris “Doralee” (Sinton), a homemaker and cookbook writer, and Lester Patinkin, who operated two scrap metal plants. He is of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent. 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 (1982) 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 (2005). 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.
Interesting Facts about Mandy Patinkin
- His father, Lester Patinkin, operated two large metal factories, the People’s Iron & Metal Company and the Scrap Corporation of America, before he passed away from cancer.
- Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as Saul Berenson in Homeland (2011), but lost to Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones (2011).
- Briefly studied acting at New York’s Juilliard School of Drama, but dropped out to pursue work.
- Began singing in the temple choir at age 9.
- Attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas for two years before being discovered.
- Delivered the opening speech at the Annual Convention of the Israeli Left, where he recounts his experiences during a visit to the West Bank with Breaking the Silence members. [May 2012]
- Comes from a Jewish family (from Russia, Latvia, and Sokole, Poland).
- Acted in very first commercial for Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats; commercial filmed in Chicago’s Loop.
- Portrayed a spirit from the 1950s in his first television commercial for 7-Up (1970). Also played the lead role in the very first television commercial for Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats.
- He is a lover/collector of Lionel model trains and he continues to enjoy playing with them to this day. He considers the concept of hanging on to such “classic” influential toys from the past very important to pass down to future generations.
- Did an interview for a 1987 The Princess Bride (1987) featurette pretending to have worse English than the character he was playing (a Spaniard). In reality, he’s American, born and bred.
- Had his right cornea replaced due to degenerative eye disease. [May 1997]
Personal Quotes by Mandy Patinkin
Too often, we think that, when we have a problem with our lives or our country, that the way to fix it is to take an eye for an eye. That doesn’t help anything or anyone.– Mandy Patinkin
If I hear a lie in my life with my children, with my wife, my work, my audiences, I want to annihilate myself, vaporize myself and wipe myself off the face of the earth.– Mandy Patinkin
I’m active in PAX, which is a gun awareness organization. We treat gun safety as a public health issue.– Mandy Patinkin
I try to say something about the human condition whenever I can when I’m lucky.– Mandy Patinkin
One of the greatest gifts that ‘Homeland’ has given me is it’s affirming on a daily basis.– Mandy Patinkin