Howie Mandel Biography

(Host of The Popular NBC Game Show 'Deal or No Deal')

Birthday: November 29, 1955 (Sagittarius)

Born In: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada

Howard Michael Mandel is a Canadian television host, comedian, producer and actor. He is considered as one of the top 100 comedians of all time. He has hosted NBC’s game show ‘Deal or No Deal’, not only in the USA but also in Canada. He has also lent his voice for multiple characters in shows and movies like ‘Muppet Babies’ and ‘Gremlins’. He has acted in TV shows like‘Good Grief’, ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’, ‘Bobby’s World’ and ‘St. Elsewhere’, in which he played the notorious intern, Dr. Wayne Fiscus. Mandel has also appeared in a number of movies like ‘Walk Like a Man’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Killing Hasselhoff’. Besides being an accomplished actor, he has also worked asan executive producer for a number of shows like ‘Bobby’s World’, ‘The Howie Mandel Show’ and ‘Deal with It’. He is one of the judges in the hugely popular show, ‘America’s Got Talent’.

Quick Facts

Canadian Celebrities Born In November

Also Known As: Howard Michael Mandel

Age: 68 Years, 68 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Terry Mandel

father: Al Mendel

mother: Evy Mandel

children: Alex Mandel, Jackie Mandel, Riley Mandel

Born Country: Canada

Jewish Comedians Screenwriters

Ancestry: Romanian Canadian, Polish Canadian

Childhood & Early Life
Howie Mandel was born on November 29, 1955 in Ontario, Canada to Al Mandel and Evy Mandel. His parents were of Polish descent. His father manufactured lightings and worked in the real estate industry.
While on a trip to Florida, a sand fly left him infected with Myiasis and it grew visibly under his skin. Though he got rid of the infection with the help of doctors and his mother, the incident made sure he would sufferfrom severe OCD right from his childhood.
He went to William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute, but was expelled after he impersonated a member of the school board. After getting expelled, he started a carpet business.
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Howie started performing at The Comedy Store, a comedy club, in Los Angeles after he wasdared by his friends to give it a shot. Luckily, his performance was noticed by a producer who booked him for an appearance in the comical game show, ‘Make Me Laugh’ in 1979.
In the same year, he opened shows for David Letterman. In 1980, he was cast in an important role in the movie ‘Gas’, alongside actors Susan Anspach and Donald Sutherland.
In 1982, the comedian became a household name when he was cast as Dr. Wayne Fiscus in the American medicaldark comedy drama, ‘St. Elsewhere’. The show ran from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988 and won 13 Emmy Awards in the process.
From 1983 to 1984, the comedic actor appeared in a number of movies. He was first cast as Larry Pound in the movie ‘The Funny Farm’. He then lent his voice for the character Gizmo in the horror comedy movie ‘Gremlins’, and played the role of Wienerhead Waldo in the TV movie, ‘The Princess Who Had Never Laughed’.
He also lent his voice for three different characters namely, Bunsen Honeydew, Skeeter and Animal in 26 episodes of the TV series ‘Muppet Babies’. Hewas also the narrator of the TV animated short, ‘Where Did I Come From?’
In 1986, he played the lead role in the action-comedy movie, ‘A Fine Mess’. The next year saw him portray the lead character of Bobo Shand in ‘Walk Like a Man’.
Mandel never stopped performing in stand-up comedy shows. While working on a number of TV movies and shows, he alsoorganized many tours, displaying his comical skills. In 1990, he was seen as Steve in the ‘Myra and the Messenger’ episode of ‘Carol & Company’, a comedy series.He also reprised his voice acting in ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’.
He then had a recurring role in the 1990-1991 TV series, ‘Good Grief’. He portrayed the character of Ernie Lapidus and made his first appearance in the episode, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen... Ernie Lapidus!’ His final appearance in the serieswas on February 3, 1991.
Howie Mandel focused more on stand-up comedy between 1992 and 1994, but was still playing a number of TV roles. Some of the roles that he played during this period includes;The Professor in ‘The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys’, Mealy in ‘David Copperfield’,Danny Klay in the TV film ‘Shake, Rattle and Rock!’ and Sam I Am in the 1994 movie ‘In Search of Dr. Seuss’.
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In 1995, he lent his voice for the character Lil' Howie in the video game, ‘Great Word Adventure’.He also played the role of Charlie in the TV movie, ‘Harrison Bergeron’.
He once again lent his voice for the video games, ‘Great Reading Adventure’ and ‘Great Math Adventure’. Mandel was also seen in TV shows like ‘Bless This House’ and was seen as Mr. Mxyzptlk in one of the episodes of the series, ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’.
Mandel lent his voice for the character Bobby Generic in the American animated series, ‘Bobby’s World’. Apart from flaunting his voice acting skills, he also contributedas an executive producer for the show. ‘Bobby’s World’ ran from 1991 to 1998 and earned multiple Emmy nominations.
The comedian also produced ‘The Howie Mandel Show’ from 1998 to 1999.He then played himself in the TV mockumentary, ‘Jackie’s Back’. In the year 2000, he firstlent his voice for the character Jack in ‘The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!’ and then for the character Comet in ‘Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas Elf’.
In 2008, he was seen playing the character of Ralph Roberts in the TV series ‘Monk’.He alsoguest starred in the sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’,playing himself in an episode titled ‘The Re-Entry Minimization’.
Howie Mandel’s career as a host began with the NBC’s game show‘Deal or No Deal’. He hosted the show for four seasons from December 19, 2005 to May 18, 2009. A declinein the ratings led to the cancellation of the show, but Mandel went on to host five episodes of ‘Deal or No Deal Canada’ in 2007. In the 2009 NBC comedy series ‘Howie Do it’, Howie doubled up as a star and as an executive producer.
Mandel also hosted the Fox show ‘Mobbed’, and in 2013 he produced the TBS show, ‘Deal with It’. He has also hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony and the game show, ‘Take It All’.
The comedian-actor was seen hosting the 100th episode of ‘Impractical Jokers’ on September 3, 2015. He also attended WWE's ‘Tribute to The Troops’ on December 23.
After having replaced David Hasselhoff in 2010, he is currently the longest serving judge in NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’.
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In 2017, he worked as an executive producer for the shows, ‘On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi’ and ‘Caraoke Showdown’. He also appearedas himself in TV series ‘Superstore’ and in the movie ‘Killing Hasselhoff’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2008, Howie Mandel was nominated under the category,Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at the Primetime Emmy Awards for hosting ‘Deal or No Deal’.
In 1991, he was nominated, along with the cast of his show ‘Bobby’s World’, for Outstanding Animated Program at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The same cast was once againnominated for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program in 1994.
In 1998, he won the award for Male Discovery of the Year at the Golden Apple Awards.
Howie Mandel has worked with almost all the genres of the entertainment industry, and is hugely popular as a judge in ‘America’s Got Talent’. He has been a part of the show for seven seasons. It was one of the highest rated shows of 2017, registering 15.64 million viewers for the Finale.
Personal Life
Howie Mandel is married to Terry Mandel and the couple has three children – daughters, Jackie and Riley, and a son named Alex.
The actor-comedian is colorblind and suffers from ADHD and OCD. He was reportedly admitted to a hospital on January 12, 2009 after a minor heart attack. His struggles with OCD and ADHD are depicted in his autobiography, ‘Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me’.
Howie Mandel has a star of his own on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
He is a fan of Toronto Maple Leafs, an Ice hockey team in Canada.
He hates touching handrails and suffers from mysophobia.

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