The protean actor, Howie Mandel who is equally comfortable with stand-up comedy is known worldwide as Dr. Wayne Fiscus as a result of the character he portrayed in the 1982 drama series, St. Elsewhere. He is also a voice actor who has lent his voice in several movies and television series such as Bobby’s World and Gremlins. His work as a comedian can be seen in many comedy clubs, particularly in the Comedy Store. The versatile actor is also a producer who has gone ahead to produce many award-winning films and TV shows including The Howie Mandel Show, Bobby’s World and Deal With It.
In addition, Howie has gained immense popularity as the host of the noted game show, Deal or No Deal, USA and Canada versions and as the judge of the top-rated reality television show, America’s Got Talent. The celebrated actor’s multi-talent came to light when he published his best-seller autobiography, ‘Here’s The Deal: Don’t Touch Me’. Read further as we unravel more details about the iconic TV host, Howie Mandel.
Howie Mandel Biography (Age)
The actor who has dazzled in the entertainment industry for over three decades was born and named Howard Michael Mandel in Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 29th November 1955 to his parents Al Mandel and Evy Mandel. His father, Al Mandel was a real estate broker who also worked in a lightings production company. Howie Mandel was infected with Myiasis by a sand fly when he was a child during a trip to Florida with his mother. The infection which was later cured caused him obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) since his early age.
He is an alumnus of William Lyon MacKenzie Collegiate Institute. Though he did not graduate from high school because he got expelled. It happened that Howie disguised himself as a school official and contracted a construction company to expand his school, this led to his expulsion from the school. Soon after that, Mandel began to work as a carpet salesperson.
He started his career in the entertainment industry as a comedian by making an appearance at the Yuk Yuks in Toronto and later performed at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles the same year. Howie Mandel followed it up by featuring in the 1978 comedic show, Make Me Laugh. The following year, the quick-witted comedian started his acting career by starring in the 1980 film, Gas as Matt Lloyd together with Donald Sutherland and Susan Anspach.
Mandel had a major breakthrough in his career when he was cast to play the role of Dr. Wayne Fiscus starring alongside Ed Flanders and Norman Lloyd in the highly acclaimed NBC medical drama series, St. Elsewhere which was aired from 1982 to 1988. The aforementioned series made a super hit, earning many awards and nominations including winning 13 Emmy Awards. He later appeared as Larry Pound in the comedy film, The Funny Farm. More so, the talented actor lent his voice as Gizmo in the comedy film, Gremlins and also displayed his unique talent as he voiced three different characters, Skeeter, Bunsen Honeydew and Animal in the 1984 CBS animated TV series, Muppet Babies.
In addition, Howie Mandel has done some works as a producer and his production credits include On My Way Out, Caraoke Showdown and The Secret Life of Nani and Popi. The award-winning actor earned tremendous fame as the host of the illustrious game show, Deal or No Deal, USA and its Canada version. Following that, he has hosted many TV shows which include Mobbed, Take It All and NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards ceremony. Presently, he is the longest-serving judge of the American talent-hunt show, America’s Got Talent.
Furthermore, Mandel has penned down his best-seller autobiography, ‘Here’s The Deal: Don’t Touch Me’ where he enclosed the details of the Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that he has been suffering from since he was little.
Howie Mandel’s Family – His Wife and Kids
The veteran actor got married on 16th March 1980 to Terry Soil Mandel. The marriage is blessed with three children. Their first child, Jackelyn who was born in 1984 is a teacher and she is married to Alex Shultz since 22nd July 2013. His second daughter, Riley Mandel was born in 1992 and has appeared as a model on one episode of Deal or No Deal, while his son, Alex Mandel, born in 1989 is an American actor and director in the footsteps of his father.
Howie Mandel stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.55m) and weighs about 80kg (176 lbs). The versatile actor further has a body measurement of chest size – 42 inches, biceps – 14 inches and waist size – 34 inches.