HOLLYWOOD — Emmy- and Tony-winning actor Mandy Patinkin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Feb. 12, one day after the seventh-season premiere of his Showtime series, “Homeland.”
Actress Patti LuPone and former “Homeland” cast mate Rupert Friend were among those joining Patinkin at the ceremony next to the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
During the ceremony, Patinkin told a story about how a close family friend and lawyer once pleaded with his parents not to let him go into show business but force him to go to college and earn a business degree.
“He was very influential, and he wrote the most extraordinary letters, several of them to my mom and dad, begging them, pleading with them to reconsider their willingness to let Mandy follow his path,” Patinkin said.
“And my parents stood fast and let their son follow his dream and his desire in the way he felt he communicated best in this world. … I thank my parents for having the courage and strength to listen to their child’s heartbeat and let their child sing.”
Patinkin has received three Emmy nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a drama for his portrayal of CIA Middle East Division Chief Saul Berenson on “Homeland.”
Patinkin won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 1995 for his role as surgeon Jeffrey Geiger on the CBS medical drama “Chicago Hope.” He was also nominated for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for the role in 1999.
Patinkin’s other Emmy nomination came in 1996 for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for playing himself in the HBO comedy “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Patinkin won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical in 1980 for playing Che in “Evita,” which starred LuPone in the title role.
Patinkin also received best actor in a musical Tony Award nominations in 1984 for “Sunday in the Park with George” and in 2000 for “The Wild Party.”
Patinkin starred in the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds” from 2005-07 and the Showtime fantasy comedy drama “Dead Like Me” from 2003-04.
Patinkin’s film credits include “Ragtime,” “Yentl,” “The Princess Bride,” “Alien Nation” and “Dick Tracy.”