Date Of Birth

November 30, 1952


Mandy Patinkin was born on November 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. Aside from being a stage and screen actor, he is also a renowned tenor. As far as acting is concerned, he already garnered several recognitions, one of which is winning a Tony Award for Best Actor. The award was given after he played the part of Che in the Broadway production of Evita in 1979. Previously, he starred in films like Dick Tracey, The Secret Garden, True Colors, The Doctor, Run Ronnie Run and Life with Mikey to name a few.

Mandy Patinkin was born as Mandel Bruce Patinkin, and was raised in Conservative Judaism. He attended religion school since he was seven years old until his early teens. He was educated at South Shore High School and graduated from Kenwood Academy, before he moved to the University of Kansas and eventually the Juilliard School of Drama. He had a number of radio and television commercial appearances, and had his initial success in theater. In 1987, he played the part of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, and he lists it as his favorite role. This was followed by other musical performances and various movies, and he soon landed a part on CBS’ Chicago Hope. He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. Patinkin’s next project, Mamaloshen, was his most personal one. It was a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs completely in Yiddish, and was performed on and off-Broadway.

In 2005, Mandy Patinkin debuted the role of Jason Gideon, a tormented FBI BAT Supervisory Special Agent coming back to work, in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Two years later, he was reported to have left the series due to creative differences. Patinkin was not fond of the violence on the show and his character was eventually written off the series. Since then, he obtained a role on the series Three Rivers and the film Soon, he found himself portraying Saul Berenson on the Showtime series Homeland in 2011.

Place of Birth

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Mandel Bruce Patinkin



Fun Facts

– He married Kathryn Grody on June 15, 1980. They have two children together – f Isaac Patinkin and Gideon Grody-Patinkin.

– He graduated from Kenwood High School, Chicago in 1970.

– He studied at the University of Kansas before he got discovered and became an actor.

– His mother, Doralee Patinkin Rubin, is a cookbook author.

– He studied at New York’s Juilliard School of Drama for a while before leaving to find jobs.

– One of his hobbies is collecting Lionel model trains.

– He released a CD entitled Kidults in 2000. It contained several children’s songs.

– When he was 9, he sang for temple choir.


1995: Emmy Awards – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for: “Chicago Hope” (1994) (CBS)
1987: CableACE Awards – Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special for: Sunday in the Park with George (1986) (TV)


2011: Jock – Basil (voice)
2011: Homeland (TV series) – Saul Berenson
2010: – Sir Jago Larofsky
2009: Three Rivers (TV series) – Victor
2008: The Princess Bride Game (Video Game) (voice) – Inigo Montoya
2005-2007: Criminal Minds (TV series) – Jason Gideon
2006: Everyone’s Hero (voice) – Stanley Irving
2006: Choking Man – Rick
2003-2004: Dead Like Me (TV series) – Rube Sofer
2004: NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 (TV movie) – Al Cummings
2003: Frankie and Johnny Are Married – Mandy Patinkin
2003: Law & Order (TV series) – Glenn Fordyce/Levi ‘The Griffin’ March
2001: Pinero – Joseph Papp
2001: Boston Public (TV series) – Isaac Rice
2001: Touched by an Angel (TV series) – Satan
1994-2000: Chicago Hope (TV series) – Dr. Jeffrey Geiger
1999: The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland – Huxley
1999: Strange Justice (TV movie) – Kenneth Duberstein
1999: This Is Odyssey with Mandy Patinkin (TV movie)
1998: Hercules (TV series) – Hippocrates
1998: Lulu on the Bridge – Philip Kleinman
1997: Men with Guns – Andrew
1997: The Hunchback (TV movie) – Quasimodo
1996: Broken Glass (TV movie) – Dr. Harry Hyman
1995: Homicide: Life on the Street (TV series) – Dr. Jeffrey Geiger
1995: The Simpsons (TV series) – Hugh St. John Alastair Parkfield
1994: Picket Fences (TV series) – Dr. Jeffrey Geiger
1994: The Last Great Warrior – Brother Daniel
1993: Life with Mikey – Irate Man
1993: The Music of Chance – Jim Nashe
1991: The Doctor – Dr. Murray Kaplan
1991: Impromptu – Alfred De Musset
1991: True Colors – John Palmeri
1990: Dick Tracy – 88 Keys
1988: Alien Nation – Det. Samuel ‘George’ Francisco
1988: The House on Carroll Street – Salwen
1987: The Princess Bride – Inigo Montoya
1986: Tenku no shiro Rapyuta (voice: English version) – Louis
1986: Sunday in the Park with George (TV movie) – Georges Seurat/George
1985: Maxie – Nick
1983: Yentl – Avigdor
1983: Daniel – Paul Isaacson
1981: Ragtime – Tateh
1980: Night of the Juggler – Allesandro the Cabbie
1979: French Postcards – Sayyid
1979: Last Embrace – First Commuter
1979: Charleston (TV movie) – Beaudine Croft
1978: Taxi (TV series) – New Father
1978: The Big Fix – Pool Man
1978: That Thing on ABC (TV movie) – Performer


The Patink


6′ 1″ (1.85 m)