Mandel Bruce Patinkin (November 30, 1952), better known as Mandy Patinkin, is an American actor and singer who rose to fame with a series of iconic roles in musical theatre during the 70s. Born in Chicago into an upper-middle-class Jewish family, he attended the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama and made his stage debut in 1975 on the musical Trelawny of the 'Wells,' where he starred alongside Meryl Streep and John Lithgow. After playing several roles in a Broadway revival of Hamlet between 1975 and 1976, Mandy Patinkin made his big breakthrough as Che Guevara in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Evita in 1979, a role that helped him win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical in 1980. Over the course of the next decade, Mandy Patinkin branched out into the silver screen, landing roles in the films Yentl and Ragtime. In 1984, he returned to Broadway as the pointillist artist Georges Seurat on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George, winning yet another Tony for Best Actor in a Musical. Following a much-celebrated appearance on Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride in 1987, Mandy Patinkin made his music debut with an eponymous album in 1989, followed by Dress Casual in 1990. In subsequent years, he continued to feature prominently on several Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, films, and TV series, and even release a third solo album titled Diary: January 27, 2018, produced by pianist Thomas Bartlett.