The mid-1970s was when Mandy Patinkin started to establish his popularity, after appearing in some television commercials he founded his way in musical theater and has been recognized for his work as an interpreter in several Broadway plays. 

The 69-year-old actor originally from Chicago also has an outstanding acting career; some of his most relevant works are in films like The Princess Bride where he played "Inigo Montoya" in 1987, and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland portraying "Huxley."

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In 2005 he came to prominence for playing the role of a Senior Supervisory Special Agent "Jason Gideon" on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. However, he left the show in 2007 due to creative differences; expressing his discomfort with the depiction of violence in the series. He reportedly called his work in Criminal Minds his "biggest public mistake." 

Mandy Patinkin at the CBS Upfront at Tavern on the Green, New York City, 2005

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After leaving Criminal Minds Mandy Patinkin appeared in the series Three Rivers in 2009; in 2015 he voiced characters for the shows Wonder Pets! and Nina's World, and he was also the voice of "Papa Smurf" in the 2017 film Smurfs: The Lost Village. 

Most recently he portrayed "Irwin" in the 2018 film Life Itself, as well as "Mel" in the 2019 film Before You Know It. Since 2011 he costars with Claire Danes in the television show Homeland, where he portrays the counterterrorism operative "Saul"; a role that has earned him four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2021, you can also cath Mandy in a few episodes of The Good Fight

Mandy Patinkin returned to the music scene with the album Diary: January 27, 2018!

Mandy Patinkin at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival 

Five quick facts about Criminal Minds star Mandy Patinkin

  • He married actress Kathryn Grody in 1980; together they have two sons, Isaac and Gideon
  • Mandy Patinkin has traveled to several countries to help Syrian refugees 
  • In 2004 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but one year later he celebrated his recovery
  • He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018
  • Mandy Patinkin acted in his very first commercial for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats!
Kathryn Grody and Mandy Patinkin on the red carpet at The Hollywood Reporter & SAG-AFTRA's Emmy Awards Party in 2018.
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