Mandy Patinkin Biography


Mandy Patinkin Biography

Date of Birth: November 30, 1952 (64)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Male

In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy won a Tony Award® for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role in the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991 he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award®-winning musical The Secret Garden and in 1997 played a sold–out engagement of his one-man concert, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Mandy's other solo concerts, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen have been presented both on Broadway and Off. Other stage credits include The Wild Party, Falsettos, The Winter's Tale, The Knife, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Rebel Women, Hamlet, Trelawney of the ‘Wells', The Shadow Box, The Split, Savages, and Henry IV, Part I.

Feature film credits include: The Choking Man, Piñero, Elmo In Grouchland, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl, The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie, and Squanto: Indian Warrior. He won a 1995 Emmy® Award for his critically acclaimed performance in the CBS series, "Chicago Hope", recently starred in the CBS series "Criminal Minds" as FBI profiler Jason Gideon and the Showtime Original Series "Dead Like Me." His other television appearances include the role of Kenneth Duberstein in the Showtime film "Strange Justice," playing Quasimodo opposite Richard Harris in the TNT film presentation of "The Hunchback," and a film version of Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass" for BBC/WGBH-Boston.

In 1989, Mandy began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold–out audiences across the United States, Canada and in London, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. In 1990 he released his second solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual on CBS Records. His 1994 recording, Experiment, on the Nonesuch label, features songs from nine decades of popular music from Irving Berlin to Alan Menken. Also recorded on the Nonesuch label is Oscar & Steve and Leonard Bernstein's New York. In 1998 he debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. The stage production of Mamaloshen was performed on and off–Broadway and has toured throughout the country. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany's equivalent of the Grammy® Award). In 2001, Nonesuch Records released Kidults, a collection of beloved songs, designed — as the title suggests — for the kid in every adult. And, in 2002, Nonesuch Records released Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim, a figurative journey through Sondheim's music and lyrics. Mandy resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody, and their two sons.


Chicago, IL


The University of Kansas; Juilliard School of Drama


Broadway: Evita (Tony Award), Sunday In The Park With George (Tony Nomination), Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress Casual, The Secret Garden, Falsettos, Mamaloshen, The Wild Party (Tony Nomination), The Shadow Box, Hamlet, Trelawney of the ‘Wells' and Celebrating Sondheim

Other Theater: Enemy of the People (Williamstown Theater

Festival), Henry IV, Part I, Winters Tale, The Knife, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Rebel Woman, The Split and Savages


Ragtime (1981)

Yentl (1983)

Daniel (1983)

Maxie (1985)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The House on Carroll Street (1988)

Alien Nation (1988)

Dick Tracy (1990)

The Doctor (1991)

Impromptu (1991)

True Colors (1991)

The Music of Chance (1992)

Squanto: Indian Warrior (1994)

The Hunchback (1997), International Release

Lulu On The Bridge (1998)

Men With Guns (1998)

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

Piñero (2001)

The Choking Man (2005)

Yankee Irving (2006)


Follies (1985) — RCA Victor

South Pacific (1986) — CBS Records

Mandy Patinkin (solo/1989) — CBS Records

Dress Casual (solo/1990) — CBS Records

The Secret Garden — Columbia Records

Experiment (solo/1993) — Nonesuch

Oscar & Steve (solo/1995) — Nonesuch

Leonard Bernstein's NY (1996) — Nonesuch

Mamaloshen (solo/1998) — Nonesuch

Kidults (solo/2001) — Nonesuch

Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim (solo/2002) — Nonesuch


Chicago Hope (1994-95), (Emmy Award) — CBS

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996) — TNT

"Broken Glass" (1996) — BBC/WGBH Boston

Strange Justice (1999) — ShowTime

Dead Like Me (2003-2004) — ShowTime

Criminal Minds (2005-2007) — CBS


Married to actress/writer Kathryn Grody. They have two sons.

Mandy Patinkin Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mandy Patinkin, The Wild Party
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Actor - Musical
Mandy Patinkin, The Secret Garden
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1991 - Best Actor - Musical
Mandy Patinkin, The Secret Garden
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Special Awards
Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
Drama Desk Awards - 1989 - Outstanding One Person Show
Mandy Patinkin, Dress Casual
Drama League Awards - 1989 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
Mandy Patinkin
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Actor - Musical
Mandy Patinkin, The Knife
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Mandy Patinkin, Sunday in the Park with George
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mandy Patinkin , Sunday in the Park with George
Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Mandy Patinkin, Henry IV
Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Mandy Patinkin, Evita
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Mandy Patinkin, Evita