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    • In 1995, Mandy was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" for Chicago Hope.

    • Despite winning an Emmy award for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffery Geiger in Chicago Hope, Mandy gave up the role as he was unhappy spending so much time away from his wife.

    • He also worked with Thomas Gibson on the tv series Chicago Hope.

    • Mandy was not asked to reprise his Tony award winning role of 'Che' in the movie version of Evita.

    • Mandy was a 1970 graduate of Kenwood High School in Chicago, Illinios.

    • Mandy has won several awards, including: Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in Evita. He was also nominated twice as Best Actor (Musical). Once was in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George, (a role he recreated in the television version with the same title), and in 2000 for The Wild Party.

    • Mandy did an interview for a 1987 Princess Bride featurette pretending to have worse English than the character he was playing (a Spaniard). In reality, he's American, born and bred.

    • Mandy is currently starring in the medication "Crestor" commercials.

    • Mandy is actually called Mandel.

    • Before he and Adam Arkin starred as doctors on the television show Chicago Hope, they both played doctors in the movie The Doctor in 1991.

    • It took Mandy two years to be discovered.

    • One of Mandy's nicknames is "The Patink".

    • Mandy played the role of Che in the film Evita.

    • Mandy has appeared in a Kellogs Frosted Mini-Wheats advert for T.V.

    • Mandy has two sons named Isaac and Gideon.

    • In 1970, Mandy appeared in a TV commercial for "7-Up".

    • Mandy also helps with the "Harvard Learning From Performers" program.

    • Mandy recorded his album titled "Sings Sondheim" in 2002.

    • Mandy recorded his album titled "Kidults" in 2001.

    • Mandy appeared on the soundtrack for the Broadway show The Wild Party in 2000.

    • In 1998, Mandy released his first Yiddish album. It was titled "Mamaloshen".

    • Mandy released an album titled "Oscar & Steve" in 1995.

    • Mandy released his album titled "Experiment" in 1994.

    • Mandy appeared on the soundtrack for the Broadway show The Secret Garden in 1991.

    • In 1990, Mandy released the album "Dress Casual".

    • Mandy recorded and released his self titled album "Mandy Patinkin" in 1989.

    • Mandy appeared on the soundtrack for the Broadway show Sunday in the Park with George in 1984.

    • Mandy appeared on the soundtrack for the Broadway show Evita in 1978.

    • Mandy celebrated his first year of recovery (from prostate cancer) by doing a 280 mile charity bike ride with his son Isaac.

    • 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 Kosovo and Littleton, Colorado.

    • Mandy did an interview for a 1987 Princess Bride featurette pretending to have worse English than the character he was playing (a Spaniard). In reality, he's American, born and bred.

    • Mandy is an avid lover/collector of Lionel model trains and he continues to enjoy playing with them to this day.

    • Mandy says that of all the roles he's played in his career, 'Inigo Montoya', from The Princess Bride, is his absolute most favourite.

    • Mandy was nominated twice for a Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical): in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George, a role he recreated in the television version with the same title, Sunday in the Park with George (1986), and in 2000 for The Wild Party.

    • Mandy won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in Evita.

    • Mandy's mother is Doralee Patinkin Rubin, a cookbook author, who is to have her own cooking show on the Food Network.

    • Mandy attended the University of Kansas for two years before being "discovered."

    • Mandy is 6'¾" tall.

    • In 1971, Mandy appeared in a TV commercial for "Frosted Mini-Wheats".

    • Mandy lent his voice to the TV commercials for "Procrid".

    • Mandy played 'Archibald Craven' in the musical The Secret Garden starting in 1991 for 706 performances.

    • Mandy had his left cornea replaced due to degenerative eye disease (keratoconus) in November, 1998.

    • Mandy made occasional appearances on David Letterman's Late Night on CBS. His most memorable performances were with Tony Randall, who accompanied him pretending to have had a taxi breakdown and therefore needing an emergency rehearsal hall. Mandy then brings down the house with "Swanee", "Mammy", etc.

    • In 1995, Mandy won an Emmy award for his role in Chicago Hope as Best Actor in a Drama Series.

  • Quotes

    • Mandy: (asked what research he did for his role in "Criminal Minds") I looked at the original books of information that the real guys look at, and then I got them out of the house so my wife and children didn't see them and so that I wouldn't see them again. Once in a lifetime is enough for certain images.

    • Mandy Patinkin: (on his reaction afther finding that Criminal Minds would be appearing in the timeslot following the 2007 Super Bowl) A, I didn't know the Super Bowl didn't already happen. B, I had no idea CBS was involved. C, when I got calls from people I haven't heard from in a long time, I started to pick up this was an important thing."

    • Mandy: (On his life after his cancer experience) I'm a little baby Zen Buddhist.

    • Patinkin: You rarely pay the rent by doing Shakespeare or Ibsen.

    • Patinkin: When you work on a text of a lesser quality, as the interpreter or the delivery person, you are obliged to try to fill it out as you see so many people do in lesser work.

    • Patinkin: Well, I'm not a critic, I'm just a worker. So, I'm always grateful for anything the critics say - good or bad.

    • Patinkin: This year is Creede's 40th anniversary and it was one of the best places that formed me as a human being and as an actor. It gave me lifelong friends.

    • Patinkin: Sondheim is the Shakespeare of the musical theater world.

    • Patinkin: So I worked at the Creede Repertory theatre for two years and a lot of those people became lifelong friends. I even still have a home in Creede.

    • Patinkin: Matter of fact in May, I'm going with my son Isaac for a 254-mile bike ride from Jerusalem to Elat for peace and the environment.

    • Patinkin: I'm active in the Prostate Cancer Foundation that Michael Milken started. I'm a prostate cancer survivor and I try to heighten prostate cancer awareness and tell people to get their PSA checked every year when they're 40 years old and over.

    • Patinkin: I'm a spiritual person, I'm an American, I'm a Jew, and all of those things influence every breath I take, everywhere I go.

    • Patinkin: I try to say something about the human condition whenever I can when I'm lucky.

    • Patinkin: I plan on doing at least one classic ever year. That's why I'm going to be doing Enemy of the People this summer in Williamstown.

    • Patinkin: I don't want people to sit and process the song. I want them to just let them bathe over them.

    • Patinkin: Going to New York City by myself, I'd never been there. It was a lot to deal with.

    • Patinkin: But I loved the theatre and I was just doing theatre 24/7 and kept dropping courses because I didn't have the time and the chancellor thought that wasn't a good idea after awhile.

    • Patinkin: And all of those things: my religion, my politics, my family, my friends, the books I read, everywhere I travel - that influences everything I do.

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