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Mandel Bruce Patinkin (born November 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois to Jewish parents), is an American actor (stage and screen) and renowned tenor.

Married Kathryn Grody in 1980; two sons, Isaac and Gideon.

He suffered from keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease, in the mid-1990s. This led to two corneal transplants, the right cornea in 1997 and the left in 1998.

He also was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2004. He celebrated his first year of recovery by doing a 280-mile charity bike ride with his son, Isaac - the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride: Cycling for Peace, Partnership & Environmental Protection. He subsequently joined the boards of both the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon.

Patinkin has been involved in a variety of Jewish causes and cultural activities. He sings in Yiddish, which he has often sung in concert, as featured in his album "Mamaloshen". He also wrote introductions for two books on Jewish culture, The Jewish American Family Album, by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler, and Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Holiday Cookbook: A Jewish Family's Celebrations by his mother, Doralee Patinkin Rubin.

He is a cousin of Mark Patinkin, author and nationally-syndicated columnist for the Providence Journal.

Cousin of David, Judy, and Mike Taibleson

Also related to Adam Patinkin, President of the New Hampshire College Democrats.
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