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Mandy Patinkin
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Mandy Patinkin
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Singer, performer and actor, Mandy Patinkin may be best known to American audiences for his role in the CBS television series CHICAGO HOPE, for which he won the 1995 Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Patinkin is no stranger to PBS audiences either, having appeared IN SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: CELEBRATING OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II on GREAT PERFORMANCES.

On the big screen, Patinkin has portrayed a wide range of characters in a number of major motion pictures, including: RAGTIME; DANIEL; THE HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET; YENTL; MAXIE; THE PRINCESS BRIDE; ALIEN NATION; DICK TRACY; IMPROMPTU; TRUE COLORS; THE DOCTOR; THE MUSIC OF CHANCE; and SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S TALE.

Patinkin has appeared on stage in a variety of acclaimed musicals and dramas. He received a Tony Award for his Broadway debut performance as Che in "Evita," and created the title role in the Pulitzer Prize winning "Sunday in the Park with George," which earned him a second Tony nomination. He also starred in the Tony-winning musical "The Secret Garden" and appeared in the recent hit "Falsettos." With the New York Shakespeare Festival, he appeared in "Hamlet"; "Henry IV, Part I"; "Leave it to Beaver is Dead"; "The Knife"; "The Winter's Tale"; "Rebel Woman" and "Trelawney of the Wells." Other productions include: "Rhinoceros"; "The Split and Savages."

With his beautiful tenor voice, Patinkin has attracted an international following as a singer and performer, both in live performances and recordings. Since 1989, he has released four solo albums: MANDY PATINKIN; MANDY PATINKIN IN CONCERT: DRESS CASUAL; EXPERIMENT and OSCAR & STEVE.

Alfre Woodard
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Alfre Woodard
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Alfre Woodard was most recently seen onscreen in the ensemble film HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT and Spike Lee's family drama CROOKLYN. She co-starred in the NBC television adaptation of Jonathan Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Woodard's starring performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson's play THE PIANO LESSON earned her a Best Actress Emmy Award nomination. In 1996 she was seen in STATISTICALLY SPEAKING on the Showtime Network and onscreen in the thriller PRIMAL FEAR opposite Richard Gere. In 1984, Woodard received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Martin Ritt's CROSS CREEK.

Her other recent starring film projects INCLUDE PASSION FISH, BOPHA!, RICH IN LOVE, BLUE CHIPS, and HEART AND SOULS. Other recent film credits include GRAND CANYON; SCROOGED; MISS FIRECRACKER, and HEALTH. Woodard has a lead role in STAR TREK: GENERATION II, currently in production. She made her motion picture debut in REMEMBER MY NAME.

She has won Emmy Awards for her performances in HILL STREET BLUES and L.A. LAW, and has earned several other Emmy nominations, for her work in the PBS production WORDS BY HEART, her continuing role in the series ST. ELSEWHERE, and her appearances in the telefilms UNNATURAL CAUSES and A MOTHER'S COURAGE: THE MARY THOMAS STORY.

Among her stage credits she numbers the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Map of the World" and "A Winter's Tale." She has also appeared in many other drama and musical productions, on and off Broadway, and around the country.


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