Mandy Patinkin Goes Back to the Well

Mandy Patinkin isn’t just having a moment — he’s having a moment, still. That mostly has to do with his role as CIA director Saul Berenson on the hit Showtime series “Homeland,” based on the Israeli show “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War”). In 2012 the series won a Golden Globe for Best Television Show, and Patinkin was recently nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy for his role.

Now there’s a great, long profile of Patinkin in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, online today. The writer, Alex Witchel, distinguishes between a “Do Less” Mandy, as exemplified by his iconic role in “The Princess Bride,” and a “Too Much” Mandy, who “doesn’t just wear his heart on his sleeve, he slices it up and serves it on Triscuits.” Witchel goes on:

Back in 2011, in an interview with The Arty Semite, Patinkin recalled how he first began singing in Yiddish thanks to Joe Papp, the legendary director of The Public Theater:

Other highlights of the Times piece include a discussion about Patinkin’s father, Lester, who ran “People’s Iron and Metal Company, a Chicago-based junk business” and who died when Patinkin was 19, and his relationship with his mother, Doralee, who is now 88. Read the whole thing here.

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