Mandy Patinkin

Actor, Singer
A polarizing talent who inspired fervent fans as well as devoted detractors, Mandy Patinkin broke through with his Tony-winning turn as Che, the narrator of the 1979 Broadway smash "Evita. " He earned a Golden Globe ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Actor (72)

Homeland 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)


Wish I Was Here 2014 (Movie)

Gabe (Actor)

The Wind Rises 2013 (Movie)

Hattori (Voice)

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance 2012 (Movie)


The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Jock of the Bushveld 2011 (Movie)

(Voice) 2010 (Movie)


Three Rivers 2009 (Tv Show)


The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Choking Man 2007 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)


Boston Public 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Chicago Hope 1994 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Everyone's Hero 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Stanley Irving (Actor)

Picket Fences 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Dead Like Me 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)


Law & Order 2003 (Tv Show)


A Centennial Toast to Symphony Hall 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)


Pinero 2001 (Movie)

Joseph Papp (Actor)

Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)


Houdini 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Irving Berlin: An American Song 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


More Favorite Toys 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

Huxley (Actor)

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Philip Kleinman (Actor)

Men With Guns 1998 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Genesis: A Living Conversation 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Leonard Bernstein's New York 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Hunchback 1996 (Movie)

Quasimodo (Actor)

The Simpsons 1995 (Tv Show)


Cabaret 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Squanto: A Warrior's Tale 1994 (Movie)

Brother Daniel (Actor)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Irate Man (Actor)

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

James Nashe (Actor)

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Impromptu 1991 (Movie)

Alfred DeMusset (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

John Palmeri (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

88 Keys (Actor)

Alien Nation 1988 (Movie)

Sam Francisco (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

Salwen (Actor)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

Inigo Montoya (Actor)

Maxie 1985 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Yentl 1983 (Movie)

Avigdor (Actor)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

Tatch (Actor)

Night of the Juggler 1980 (Movie)


Charleston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


French Postcards 1979 (Movie)

Sayyid (Actor)

Last Embrace 1979 (Movie)

1st Commuter (Actor)

That Second Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


That Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

Pool Man (Actor)

Broken Glass (TV Show)


Evita: The Story of Eva Peron (TV Show)


Follies in Concert (TV Show)


Strange Justice (TV Show)


The Whole Truth (Tv Show)

Music (2)

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

("Make It Mine") (Song Performer)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

("What Can You Lose") (Song Performer)


A polarizing talent who inspired fervent fans as well as devoted detractors, Mandy Patinkin broke through with his Tony-winning turn as Che, the narrator of the 1979 Broadway smash "Evita. " He earned a Golden Globe nomination opposite Barbra Streisand in "Yentl" (1983), a Tony nomination for starring in the 1984 musical "Sunday in the Park with George" and cinematic immortality with the line "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die" in "The Princess Bride" (1987). After the latter film brought him mainstream fame, he appeared in major feature films including "Alien Nation" (1988) and "Dick Tracy" (1990) and earned an Emmy for his love-him-or-hate-him turn as the tormented, sharp-tongued Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). Surprising many, he left the series after one season to focus on his recording and theatrical careers, returning to the series only near its end. Patinkin resurfaced on the hit crime drama "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ), but shocked viewers, critics and colleagues alike when he just stopped showing up to work after two seasons, adding to his career-long reputation as a difficult performer. Regardless of any baggage, he found a new home as Claire Danes' wise, protective CIA mentor on the critically acclaimed series "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011- ). Beloved as well as mocked for his intense, over-the-top performance style, Mandy Patinkin proved to be a passionate artist who followed his heart and instincts instead of playing the stardom game.




Kathryn Grody Actor

Met 1978 when they co-starred in off-Broadway drama "Split" Married June 15, 1980

Gideon Grody-Patinkin Actor

Born 1987; mother, Kathryn Grody

Lester Patinkin

Studied business at University of Chicago; instead entered his father's business as head of Peoples Iron & Metal Company and the Scrap Corporation of America Died of cancer at age 52 in 1972

Doris Patinkin


Isaac Grody Patinkin Actor

Born in 1983; mother, Kathryn Grody

Marsha Patinkin

Older; regional head of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in northern Nevada

Laura Patinkin

Appeared in 1990 revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" and off-Broadway in "Beau Jest"

Doralee Rubin

Wrote cookbook Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Jewish Family Cookbook(1997)


studied voice with Andy Thomas Anselmo

attended a private high school in Chicago, Illinois

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1972 - 1974
dropped out

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas 1970 - 1972



Returned to series television as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson opposite Claire Danes on "Homeland" (Showtime)


Reunited with his "Evita" co-star in "An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" on Broadway


Played Prospero in off-Broadway production of "The Tempest"


Played Special Agent Jason Gideon on the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds"; left series due to creative differences


Cast as Rube Sofer in the Showtime comedy-drama "Dead Like Me"


Cast as producer Joseph Papp in the film biography "Piñero "


Provided a character voice for the English-language version of Hiyao Miyazaki's anime "Laputa: Castle in the Sky"; screened at the New York International Children's Film Festival


Co-starred on Broadway alongside Toni Collette and Eartha Kitt in "The Wild Party"; earned Tony nomination as Lead Actor in a Musical


Co-starred as the media savvy political advisor Kenneth Duberstein in the acclaimed Showtime drama "Strange Justice"


Played the comic villain in the children's film "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland"; also sang and danced


Resumed role of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on "Chicago Hope" on a recurring basis


Returned to Broadway in "Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Mamaloshen," drawing material from his album of Yiddish songs


Cast as an obnoxious American tourist in John Sayles' Spanish-language "Men With Guns"


Landed supporting role in "Lulu on the Bridge"; screened at Cannes; released direct-to-video in 1999


Played title role in the TNT production of "The Hunchback"


Starred in the PBS production of Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass"


Asked to be released from "Chicago Hope" citing a desire to spend more time with family; agreed to make occasional guest appearances


Made guest appearance as himself on the HBO comedy "The Larry Sanders Show"


TV series debut, joined the ensemble for the ambitious CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"


Replaced Michael Rupert in the Broadway musical "Falsettos," directed by Lapine


Co-starred in Philip Haas' "The Music of Chance"


Made cameo appearance in Lapine's film comedy "Life with Mikey"


Returned to Broadway playing Archibald Craven in the musical version of "The Secret Garden"


Portrayed Alfred de Musset in Lapine's feature directorial debut "Impromptu"


Feature singing debut, "Dick Tracy"; songs written by Stephen Sondheim; played small role of piano player for bombshell Breathless Mahoney (Madonna)


Appeared as Leontes in a NYSF staging of "The Winter's Tale," directed by James Lapine


Signed on to play Ché in film version of "Evita" with director Oliver Stone and star Meryl Streep; Streep withdrew from project in late 1989 and project was delayed


Broadway concert debut, "Mandy Patinkin in Concert – Dress Casual"


Began performing a weekly concert series off-Broadway at the Public Theater


Co-starred as a being from another planet in "Alien Nation"


Delivered memorable film role of Inigo Montoya in Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride"


Undertook controversial role of a transsexual in the Nick Bicat-David Hare musical "The Knife", produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival


Turned down the lead in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" (1986) because he did not want to move his family


Co-starred with Glenn Close in the feature "Maxie"


Fired from "Heartburn" and replaced by Jack Nicholson (July)


Played role of Buddy in "Follies in Concert," a staging of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical; recorded and filmed for airing on PBS


First collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, "Sunday in the Park With George"; directed by James Lapine; earned Tony nomination as Lead Actor in a Musical; filmed for TV and aired on PBS in 1986


Offered a fine turn as the romantic lead opposite Barbra Streisand in "Yentl"


Returned to the stage to play Hotspur in NYSF Central Park production of "Henry V"


Cast as Tateh the future filmmaker in "Ragtime"


TV-movie debut, "Charleston" (NBC)


Made guest appearance on the classic sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, NBC)


Delivered breakthrough stage role of Ché the narrator opposite Patti LuPone's Eva Peron in "Evita"; won 1980 Tony Award as Featured Actor in a Musical


Appeared opposite Dianne Wiest in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Leave It to Beaver Is Dead" production


During run of "The Shadow Box," co-star Geraldine Fitzgerald gifted him with singing lessons


Originated the role of Mark, the lover of a man dying of cancer, in "The Shadow Box" at Long Wharf Theater; reprised role in 1977 Broadway production


Made Broadway debut in "Trelawny of the Wells" alongside Meryl Streep, Mary Beth Hurt, John Lithgow, and Michael Tucker


Began singing at age nine in the choir at his temple on the South Side of Chicago (date approximate)

Dropped out of Juilliard; worked briefly in children's theater in Baltimore; gained Equity card

Toured frequently performing one-person concerts

Bonus Trivia


New York Shakespeare Festival producer Joseph Papp said in a 1987 interview that Patinkin was "worse than a perfectionist. A perfectionist reaches some degree of satisfaction."


On his stint at Juilliard: "After six hours, I knew that I didn't want to be there; but I also knew that I wanted to get hold of some of the tools, in terms of being an actor – so I stuck it out for two-and-a-half years."There were some students who couldn't function under the guide rules. They fell apart or were thrown out. To try to be an actor is a very delicate thing; you're exposing your soul. To say to a person of 17 or 18 or 19, who loves doing this, 'You're no god; we don't want you,' is a horrible thing!" – Patinkin to TheaterWeek, Aug. 7-13, 1989


"His biggest goal is to become less obsessive about acting, particularly about becoming a big screen success. His new philosophy? 'Take supporting parts, come back to New York, and sing for a week, then do a play,' he says. 'In the end you'll be known for your body of work.'To that end, he credits Rob Reiner, who directed "The Princess Bride," with a memorable piece of advice. 'I was agonizing over some little scene where I was supposed to be drunk,' recalls Patinkin. 'I was in my trailer pouring my heart out to Rob, telling him I was letting the movie down. He said these words to me, which are at the heart of my struggle: 'GET OUT OF YOUR WAY, MAN!' I love Rob for that. I will always have to work at getting out of my own way.'" – from "On the Move: Actor Mandy Patinkin Battles His Perfectionist Tendencies – with a Solo Album of Scorching Heat" by John Stark, People (1989)


"I'm very immature, but I'm an actor." – Patinkin to James Brady in Parade Magazine, Aug. 28, 1994


"Patinkin's over-the-top performing style won't be to everyone's taste. In an era where cool is king, where irony and wry detachment are expected from performers, the Tony-winning actor-singer is unapologetically extravagant. Among other pop singers these days, perhaps only U2's Bono could match Patinkin's willingness to so fervently wear his emotions on his sleeve." – from Jonathan Taylor's review of "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" in Variety, Jan. 28, 1996


"I love the audiences, their response and the freshness of the day or that evening. I love the songs that speak to my heart, my insanity, the complicated things, the things that tell you how to have a great day, be a better father or husband or how to shut up and have a good time." – Patinkin on his concert appearances quoted in Daily News, Feb. 18, 1996


On critics, Patinkin told InTheater (Oct. 23, 1998): "If it's a live performance, I try not to read them while I'm doing it because they will affect my mood. I save them and read them later. Good ones will give me advice and teach me things – I've learned from critics. You can see the difference between a kindhearted, constructive criticism and someone who's trying to draw attention to themselves. But must critics say I'm over-the-top and too big...Because it's true! And I've often said that I won't disappoint my critics."


Patinkin underwent corneal transplant surgery in May 1997.


"Mandy Patinkin does admirably subtle work (that's right, you just read the words Mandy Patinkin and subtle in the same sentence) as Kenneth Duberstein, the savvy political operative who pushed the Bush administration's appointee through the Senate." – from Bruce Fretts' review of the Showtime movie "Strange Justice" in Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 27, 1999