Mandel Bruce Patinkin
November 30, 1952
|Other names||Mandel Bruce Patinkin|
|Education||University of Kansas, Lawrence|
Patinkin is best known for appearing as Inigo Montoya in Rob Reiner's 1987 film The Princess Bride, as Saul Berenson in the Showtime series Homeland, and as SSA Jason Gideon on the crime-drama television series Criminal Minds. His other film credits include Miloš Forman's Ragtime (1981), Barbra Streisand's Yentl (1983), Alien Nation (1988), Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy (1990) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999). He has appeared in major roles in television series such as Chicago Hope and Dead Like Me.
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 Che in the original Broadway production of Evita.
Patinkin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 30, 1952, to Doris Lee "Doralee" (née Sinton), a homemaker, and Lester Don Patinkin, who operated two large Chicago-area metal factories, the People's Iron & Metal Company and the Scrap Corporation of America. His mother wrote Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Jewish Family Cookbook. 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; Bonnie Miller Rubin, a Chicago Tribune reporter; and Laura Patinkin, a New York-based actress.
Patinkin grew up in an upper-middle-class family, descended from Jewish immigrants (from Russia and Poland), and was raised in Conservative Judaism, attending religious school daily "from the age of seven to 13 or 14" and singing in synagogue choirs, as well as attending the Camp Sura in Michigan.
He attended South Shore High School, Harvard St. George School, and Kenwood High School (later renamed Kenwood Academy), and graduated in 1970. He attended the University of Kansas and the Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 5: 1972–1976). At Juilliard, he was a classmate of Kelsey Grammer. When the producers of the sitcom Cheers were holding auditions for the role of Dr. Frasier Crane, Patinkin put Grammer's name forward.
After some television-commercial and radio appearances (including on CBS Radio Mystery Theater in 1974), Patinkin started his career on the New York stage in 1975, starring in Trelawny of the 'Wells' as Arthur Gower. Patinkin starred alongside Meryl Streep, who played Imogen Parrott, and John Lithgow, who played Ferdinand Gadd. From 1975 through 1976, Patinkin played Fortinbras, Prince of Norway and Player King in a Broadway revival of Hamlet, with Sam Waterston in the leading role. Patinkin had his first success in musical theater when he played Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, which starred Patti LuPone, on Broadway in 1979.
Patinkin went on to win the 1980 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Evita. He then moved to film, playing parts in movies such as Yentl and Ragtime. He returned to Broadway in 1984 to star in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, in which he played the pointillist artist Georges Seurat, earning him another Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
In 1987, Patinkin played Inigo Montoya in Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride, playing the role of the best swordsman in the country, looking to avenge his father’s death. Over the next decade, he continued to appear in movies, including Dick Tracy and Alien Nation.
On Broadway, Patinkin appeared in the musical The Secret Garden in 1991 and was nominated for the 1991 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He also released two solo albums, titled Mandy Patinkin (1989) and Dress Casual (1990).
In 1994, Patinkin took the role of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on CBS's Chicago Hope 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 and children. He returned to the show in 1999 at the beginning of the sixth season, but it was 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.
Mamaloshen, Patinkin's musical production of songs sung entirely in Yiddish, premiered in 1998. He has performed the show on Broadway and in venues around the United States. The recorded version won a Deutscher Schallplattenpreis award in Germany.
In 1999, Patinkin co-starred in the second Sesame Street film, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, as Huxley, an abusive, childish, sadistic, and greedy man with abnormally large eyebrows, who steals whatever he can grab and then claims it as his own.
Patinkin returned to Broadway in 2000 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, earning another Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. From 2003–2004, he appeared 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 television series Criminal Minds. 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 later 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. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again."
Patinkin spoke of having planned to tour the world with a musical and wanting to inject more comedy into the entertainment business. In later episodes of Criminal Minds, during the 2007–08 season, Jason Gideon was written out of the series and replaced by Special Agent David Rossi (played by Joe Mantegna). Gideon was later officially killed off, ending all chances of a guest appearance by Patinkin on the show.
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.
He starred in the new musical Paradise Found, co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman, at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. The musical played a limited engagement from May 2010 through June 26, 2010.
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 Ethel Barrymore Theatre, and ending on January 13, 2012. The concert marked the first time the pair had performed together on Broadway since appearing in Evita.
He costarred with Claire Danes on the Showtime series Homeland which initially began airing in 2011. He portrays counterterrorism operative Saul Berenson, protagonist Carrie Mathison's (Danes) mentor. For his performance, Patinkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Explaining what he learned from the character, he stated, "The line between good and evil runs through each one of us."
Patinkin was announced as playing the role of Pierre in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 starting August 15, 2017. He was to have a limited run through September 3, replacing former Hamilton star Okieriete Onaodowan, but Patinkin dropped out of the role before performing.
In 2018, Patinkin returned to recorded music with the album Diary: January 27, 2018 which was produced by pianist Thomas Bartlett.
Patinkin married actress and writer Kathryn Grody on April 15, 1980. They have two sons, Isaac and Gideon. Gideon joined his father onstage in Dress Casual in 2011. Patinkin has described himself as "Jewish with a dash of Buddhist" belief. On the Canadian radio program Q, Patinkin called himself a "JewBu" because of this mix of beliefs and "spiritual but not religious."
Patinkin suffered from keratoconus, a degenerative eye condition, in the mid-1990s. This led to two corneal transplants, his right cornea in 1997 and his left in 1998. He was also diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer in 2004. He celebrated his first year of recovery in 2005 by doing a 265-mile (426 km) charity bike ride with his son, Isaac – the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride: Cycling for Peace, Partnership & Environmental Protection.
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. 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.
Patinkin contributed to the children's book Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again: A Musical Storybook, inspired by Christopher Reeve. 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.
On December 21, 2015, on Charlie Rose on PBS, Patinkin spoke about his recent trip to Greece to help refugees from war-torn Syria and his acting role on the television series Homeland. He stated that he wanted to help "create opportunity and better systems of living and existing, to give freedom, justice and dignity, quality of life to humanity all over the world."
In 2020, Patinkin and Grody partnered with Swing Left to encourage people to vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election. The couple created videos, with their sons, that went viral online. Patinkin also stumped for Biden in an ad for the Jewish Democratic Council of America encouraging Jews to vote for Biden. The ad featured Patinkin channeling his Princess Bride character to encourage people to vote.
|1977||Charleston||Beaudine Croft||Television movie|
|1978||That Thing on ABC||Performer||Television movie|
|Taxi||Alan||Episode: "Memories of Cab 804 (Part 2)"|
|1986||American Playhouse||Georges Seurat / George||Episode: Sunday in the Park with George|
|Follies in Concert||Buddy Plummer||Great Performances|
|1994–2000||Chicago Hope||Dr. Jeffrey Geiger||60 episodes|
|1994||Picket Fences||Dr. Jeffrey Geiger||Episode: "Rebels with Causes"|
|Some Enchanted Evening:
Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II
|1995||The Simpsons||Hugh Parkfield||Voice role, Episode: "Lisa's Wedding"|
|1996||Broken Glass||Dr. Harry Hyman||Television movie|
|1997||The Hunchback||Quasimodo||Television movie|
|The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "Eight"|
|1999||Strange Justice||Kenneth Duberstein||Television movie|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Satan||Episode: "Netherlands"|
|Boston Public||Isaac Rice||Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Two"|
|2003||Law & Order||Levi March||Episode: "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||Lead role; 47 episodes (Seasons 1-3)|
|2009||Three Rivers||Victor||Episode: "The Luckiest Man"|
|2010||Sondheim! The Birthday Concert||Performer||Great Performances|
|2011–2020||Homeland||Saul Berenson||96 episodes|
|2011||Wonder Pets!||Groundhog||Voice; Episode: "Help the Groundhog!/Help the Lion Cub!"|
|2015||Nina's World||Mr. Lambert||Voice; Episode: "Nina's Library Hop"|
|2018||Hal Prince: A Director's Life||Performer||Great Performances|
|2021||The Good Fight||Hal Wackner||Main cast (Season 5)|
|1975||Trelawny of the 'Wells'||Mr. Arthur Gower||Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway|
|1975–76||Hamlet||Fortinbras, Player King|
|1976||Rebel Woman||Major Robert Steele Strong||The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|1977||Savages||Carlos Esquerdo||Hudson Guild Theater, Off-Broadway|||
|1977||The Shadow Box||Mark||Morosco Theatre, Broadway|
|1978||Split||Paul||Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York|
|1979–83||Evita||Che||Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco
Broadway Theatre, Broadway
|1979||Leave It to Beaver is Dead||Saverin||The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|1981||Henry IV, Part 1||Hotspur|
|1984–85||Sunday in the Park with George||Georges Seurat/George||Booth Theatre, Broadway|
|1985||Follies in Concert||Buddy Plummer||Lincoln Center, Broadway|||
|1987||The Knife||Peter||The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|1989||The Winter's Tale||Leontes|
|1989||Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress Casual||Performer||Helen Hayes Theatre, Broadway|
|1991||The Secret Garden||Archibald Craven||St. James Theatre, Broadway|
|1992||Falsettos||Marvin (Replacement)||John Golden Theatre, Broadway|
|1994||Sunday in the Park with George
Tenth Anniversary Concert
|Georges Seurat/George||St. James Theatre, Broadway|
|1997||Mandy Patinkin in Concert||Performer||Lyceum Theatre, Broadway|
|1998||Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Mamaloshen||Performer||Belasco Theatre, Broadway|
|2000||The Wild Party||Burrs||The Public Theatre, Broadway|
|2001||Mandy Patinkin in Concert||Performer||Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway|
|2002||Celebrating Sondheim||Performer||Henry Miller's Theatre, Broadway|
|2003||An Enemy of the People||Dr. Stockmann||Williamstown Theater Festival, Massachusetts|
|2004||Mandy Patinkin in Concert||Performer||New World Stages, Off-Broadway|
|2008||Mandy Patinkin on Broadway||Performer||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway|
|2008||The Tempest||Prospero||Classic Stage Company, Off-Broadway|
|2010||Paradise Found||Eunuch||Menier Chocolate Factory, London|
|2011||Compulsion||Sid Silver||Yale Repertory Theatre
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
The Public Theater
|2011||An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin||Performer||Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway|||
- Evita (cast album, 1979)
- Sunday in the Park with George (cast album, 1984)
- South Pacific (London Studio Cast) (1986)
- Mandy Patinkin (1989)
- Dress Casual (1990)
- I'm Breathless (1990)
- The Secret Garden (cast album, 1991)
- Experiment (1994)
- Oscar & Steve (1995)
- Man of La Mancha (with Plácido Domingo) (1996)
- Mamaloshen (1998)
- Myths and Hymns (cast album, 1999)
- The Wild Party (cast album, 2000)
- Kidults (2001)
- Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim (2002)
- Diary: January 27, 2018 (2018)
- Diary: April/May 2018 (2018)
- Diary: December 2018 (2019)
- Children and Art (2019)
Awards and nominations
|1980||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Musical||Evita||Won|||
|1984||Best Actor in a Musical||Sunday in the Park with George||Nominated|
|2000||The Wild Party||Nominated|
|1980||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Evita||Nominated|
|1982||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Henry IV||Nominated|
|1984||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Sunday in the Park with George||Nominated|
|1990||Outstanding Solo Performance||Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress Casual||Nominated|
|1991||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||The Secret Garden||Nominated|
|2000||The Wild Party||Nominated|
|1990||Outer Critics Circle||Special Award||N/A||Won|
|1991||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||The Secret Garden||Nominated|
Film and television awards
|1995||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Won|||
|1996||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||The Larry Sanders Show||Nominated|
|1999||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|1983||Golden Globe Award||Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Yentl||Nominated|||
|1994||Best Actor - Television Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Nominated|
|2012||Best Supporting Actor - Television||Homeland||Nominated|
|1995||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Nominated|
|1990||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Alien Nation||Nominated|
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