Mandy Patinkin

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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Mandel Bruce "Mandy" Patinkin (/pəˈtɪŋkɨn/; born November 30, 1952) is an American actor, tenor singer, voice artist, and comedian.[1][2]

Patinkin is well known for his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in the 1987 movie The Princess Bride. His other film credits include Alien Nation (1988), Yentl (1983), Dick Tracy (1990),[3] and Wish I Was Here (2014). He has appeared in major roles in television series such as Chicago Hope, Dead Like Me, and Criminal Minds, and plays Saul Berenson in the Showtime series Homeland. Patinkin is also known for his portrayal of Huxley in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999).

He is a noted interpreter of the musical works of Stephen Sondheim and is known for his work in musical theater, originating iconic roles such as Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George and Ché in the original Broadway production of Evita.


Early life

Patinkin was born Mandel Bruce Patinkin in Chicago, Illinois, on November 30, 1952, the son of Doris "Doralee" (née Sinton), a homemaker, and Lester Patinkin, who operated two large Chicago-area metal industry plants, the People's Iron & Metal Company and the Scrap Corporation of America.[3][4][5] His mother wrote Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Jewish Family Cookbook.[3] Patinkin's cousins include Mark Patinkin, an author and nationally syndicated columnist for The Providence Journal; Sheldon Patinkin of Columbia College Chicago's Theater Department, a founder of The Second City;[6] and Bonnie Miller Rubin, a Chicago Tribune reporter.

Patinkin grew up in an upper-middle-class family, descended from Jewish immigrants (from Russia and Poland), and was raised in Conservative Judaism,[2][7][8] attending religious school daily "from the age of seven to 13 or 14" and singing in synagogue choirs, as well as attending the Camp Surah in Michigan.[2]

He attended South Shore High School, Harvard St. George School, and Kenwood High School (later renamed Kenwood Academy), and graduated in 1970.[9] He attended the University of Kansas and the Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 5: 1972–1976).[10] At Juilliard, he was a classmate of Kelsey Grammer. When the producers of the popular American sitcom Cheers were auditioning for the role of Dr. Frasier Crane, Patinkin put Grammer's name forward.[11]


After some television commercial and radio appearances (including the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in 1974), Patinkin had his first success in musical theater,[1] where he played the part of Che in Evita on Broadway in 1979. Patinkin went on to win that year's Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.[1][2] He then moved to film, playing parts in movies such as Yentl[2] and Ragtime. He returned to Broadway in 1984 to star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, which saw him earn another Tony Award nomination for Best Actor (Musical).[2]

Patinkin played Inigo Montoya in Rob Reiner's 1987 The Princess Bride,[2] in which he delivers the iconic line "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Patinkin found his studies a huge asset in The Princess Bride, playing the role of the best swordsman in the country, short of the main character, and part of his role included proficiency in fencing at a professional level. Over the next decade, he continued to appear in movies, such as Dick Tracy and Alien Nation.[3]

On Broadway, over the next decade, Patinkin appeared in the musical The Secret Garden. He also released two solo albums, titled Mandy Patinkin (1989)[12] and Dress Casual (1990).[13]

In 1994, Patinkin took the role of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on CBS's Chicago Hope[2] for which he won an Emmy Award. However, despite the award and the ratings success of the show, Patinkin left the show during the second season because he was unhappy spending so much time away from his wife.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Citation needed |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} He returned to the show in 1999 at the beginning of the sixth season, but it was later canceled in 2000. Since Chicago Hope, Patinkin has appeared in a number of films. However, he has mostly performed as a singer, releasing three more albums. In 1995, he guest-starred in The Simpsons in the episode "Lisa's Wedding" as Hugh Parkfield, Lisa's future English groom.

In 1998 Patinkin debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic, and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish[2] ("Mamaloshen" is Yiddish for "mother tongue"). The stage production of Mamaloshen was performed on and off–Broadway, and has toured throughout the country. The recording of Mamaloshen won the award Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award).

In 1999 he co-starred in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland as Huxley.[14] He returned to Broadway in 2000 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, earning another Tony Award nomination for Best Actor (Musical). In 2003-2004 he was seen in the Showtime comedy–drama Dead Like Me as Rube Sofer. In 2004 he played a six–week engagement of his one–man concert at the Off Broadway complex Dodger Stages.

In September 2005, Patinkin debuted in the role of Jason Gideon, an experienced profiler just coming back to work after a series of nervous breakdowns, in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.[1]

Patinkin was absent from a table read for Criminal Minds and did not return for a third season. The departure from the show was not due to contractual or salary matters, but over creative differences. He left apologetic letters for his fellow cast members explaining his reasons and wishing them luck. Many weeks before his departure, in a videotaped interview carried in the online magazine Monaco Revue, Patinkin told journalists at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo that he loathed violence on television and was uncomfortable with certain scenes in Criminal Minds. He called his choice to do Criminal Minds his "biggest public mistake," and stated that he "thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality, and after that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again."[15]

He spoke of having planned to tour the world with a musical and wanting to inject more comedy into the entertainment business.[16] In later episodes, during the 2007–08 season, Jason Gideon was written out of the series and replaced by Special Agent David Rossi (played by Joe Mantegna).

On October 14, 2009, it was announced that Patinkin would be a guest star on an episode of Three Rivers, which aired on November 15, 2009. He played a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease injured in a car accident who asks the doctors at Three Rivers Hospital to take him off life support so his organs can be donated. He filmed an appearance on The Whole Truth that had been scheduled to air December 15, 2010, but ABC pulled the series from its schedule two weeks prior.[17]

He starred in the new musical Paradise Found, co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London. The musical played a limited engagement from May 2010 through June 26, 2010.[18]

Patinkin and Patti Lupone performed their concert An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin on Broadway for a limited 63-performance run starting November 21, 2011, at the Barrymore Theatre, and which ended on January 13, 2012. This concert marks the first time the pair has performed together on Broadway since they appeared together in Evita.[19][20]

He is currently a regular on the Showtime series Homeland. For his work as "Saul Berenson", Patinkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award, among other honors.

Personal life

In 1980, Patinkin married actress and writer Kathryn Grody. They have two sons named Isaac and Gideon. Gideon joined his father onstage in Dress Casual in 2011.[21] Patinkin has described himself as "Jewish with a dash of Buddhist" belief. On the Canadian radio program Q, Patinkin describes himself as a "JewBu" because of this mix of beliefs[22] and "spiritual, but not religious".[23]

Patinkin suffered from keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease, in the mid-1990s. This led to two corneal transplants, his right cornea in 1997 and his left in 1998.[24] He also was diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer in 2004.[25] He celebrated his first year of recovery in 2005 by doing a 265-mile charity bike ride with his son, Isaac – the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride: Cycling for Peace, Partnership & Environmental Protection.[26] In 2005, he became a vegan.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Citation needed |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

Patinkin has been involved in a variety of Jewish causes and cultural activities. He sings in Yiddish, often in concert, and on his album Mamaloshen.[27] He also wrote introductions for two books on Jewish culture, The Jewish American Family Album, by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, and Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Holiday Cookbook: A Jewish Family's Celebrations, by his mother, Doralee Patinkin Rubin.

In May 2012, Patinkin delivered the opening speech at the Annual Convention of the Israeli Left, where he recounted his experiences during a visit to the West Bank with members of the Breaking the Silence organization.[28]

Patinkin contributed to the children's book Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again: A Musical Storybook, inspired by Christopher Reeve prior to Christopher and Dana Reeve's deaths. The award-winning book, published in 2005, benefits the Christopher Reeve Foundation and includes an audio CD with Patinkin singing and reading the story as well as Dana Reeve and Bernadette Peters singing.[29]

Awards and nominations




Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Big Fix Pool Man
1979 French Postcards Sayyid
1979 Last Embrace First Commuter
1980 Night of the Juggler Allesandro the Cabbie
1981 Ragtime Tateh
1983 Yentl Avigdor Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1983 Daniel Paul Isaacson
1985 Maxie Nick
1986 Castle in the Sky Louis
1987 The Princess Bride Inigo Montoya
1988 Alien Nation Detective Samuel 'George' Francisco Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1988 The House on Carroll Street Ray Salwen
1990 Dick Tracy 88 Keys
1991 True Colors John Palmeri
1991 Impromptu Alfred de Musset
1991 The Doctor Dr. Murray Kaplan
1993 The Music of Chance Jim Nashe
1993 Life with Mikey Irate Man
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Brother Daniel
1998 Lulu On The Bridge Philip Kleinman
1998 Men with Guns Andrew
1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Huxley
2001 Piñero Joseph Papp
2002 Run Ronnie Run Himself
2003 Celebrity Train Layouts: Mandy Patinkin Himself
2005 The Choking Man Rick
2006 Everyone's Hero Stanley Irving
2010 ... The Countdown Begins Jago L
2013 The Wind Rises Hattori Voice (English dub)
2014 Wish I Was Here Gabe Bloom
2016 The Untitled Smurfs Movie Papa Smurf


Year Title Role Notes
1978 That Thing on ABC Performer TV movie
1978 Taxi Alan "Memories of Cab 804 (Part 2)"
1979 Charleston Beaudine Croft TV movie
1986 American Playhouse Georges Seurat / George "Sunday in the Park with George"
CableAce Award for Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
1994–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Jeffrey Geiger 60 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1995)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1994)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995–96)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1994)
1994 Picket Fences Dr. Jeffrey Geiger "Rebels with Causes"
1995 The Simpsons Hugh Parkfield "Lisa's Wedding"
1996 Broken Glass Dr. Harry Hyman[2] TV movie
1997 The Hunchback Quasimodo Television movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Himself "Eight"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1999 Strange Justice Kenneth Duberstein Television movie
2001 Touched by an Angel Satan "Netherlands"
2001 Boston Public Isaac Rice "Chapter Twenty-Two"
2003 Law & Order Levi March "Absentia"
2003–2004 Dead Like Me Rube Sofer 29 episodes
2004 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 Al Cummings Television movie
2005–2007 Criminal Minds Jason Gideon 47 episodes
2009 Three Rivers Victor, an ALS Patient "The Luckiest Man"
2011–present Homeland Saul Berenson 46 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2013–14)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)


  • Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress Casual (1989)
  • The Secret Garden (1991) – Archibald Craven
  • Falsettos (1993) – Marvin (Replacement)
  • Sunday in the Park with George (Tenth Anniversary Concert) (1994) – George
  • Mandy Patinkin in Concert (1997)
  • Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Mamaloshen (1998)
  • The Wild Party (2000) – Burrs (Tony Award Nominee, 2000)
  • Celebrating Sondheim
  • An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin (2011)

Other theatre



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  18. Jones, Kenneth."Strauss-Kissed Paradise Found Opens in London; Prince, Stroman, Nelson, Tunick and Fitzhugh Lead the Waltz". May 26, 2010
  19. An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin
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  22. Paskin, Willa (September 9, 2012). "Mandy Patinkin on Season Two of ‘Homeland’ – New York Magazine". Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  23. TV and Radio (September 26, 2012). "Mandy Patinkin on Homeland: 'I have no problem with violence'". London: Telegraph. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  24. Moran, Reed W."Mandy Patinkin saves sight with corneal transplants"USA Today, March 6, 2001
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