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Mandy Patinkin – JewBu

Patinkin was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 30, 1952, the son of Doris "Doralee" (née Sinton), a homemaker, and Lester Patinkin, owner of several local plants. 
 
His mother was the author of Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Jewish Family Cookbook. And his cousins include Mark Patinkin, an author and columnist for The Providence Journal, Sheldon Patinkin, a founder of The Second City, and Bonnie Miller Rubin, a Chicago Tribune reporter.
 
Patinkin's ancestors on mother's and father's sides descended from Russian and Polish Jews respectively, Jews who had emigrated to America from the former Russian empire. He was raised in Conservative Judaism, and even attended religious school daily and sang in a synagogue choir.
 
Patinkin has described himself as a "JewBu" because of his mix of Jewish and Buddhist beliefs.
 
After some minor roles in TV and radio commercials, Patinkin had his first success in musical theater: he played the part of Che in Evita on Broadway in 1979, winning that year's Tony Award for Best Performance in a Musical.  And in 1984 he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor for his part in the Sunday in the Park with George musical.
 
Patinkin played Inigo Montoya in Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987 ), in which he delivered the iconic line, "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."  
 
Since he played the role of one of the best swordsmen in the country, he had to train fencing at an almost professional level!
 
In 1998, Patinkin debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen (Yiddish for "mother tongue"), a collection of traditional and contemporary songs in Yiddish, performed on Broadway. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis award, Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award.
 
In September 2005, Patinkin debuted in the role of an experienced profiler just coming back to work after a series of nervous breakdowns, in the hit CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. But Patinkin did not return for a third season of the drama... 
 
He told journalists that he was uncomfortable with certain scenes in Criminal Minds. He called his choice to do Criminal Minds his "biggest public mistake... 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."
 
In 2011 he performed in Homeland, earning nominations for the Golden Globe Award, the Emmy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
 
Sources:
"Meet a guy called Mandy". Jewish Chronicle. May 17, 1996
"Mandy Patinkin Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 2008
"Mandy Patinkin" cduniverse.com

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