Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Alumni News and News
Broadway legend and KU alumnus Mandy Patinkin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Feb. 12.
As a KU student, Patinkin, ’74, starred as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and other University Theatre productions before leaving for The Juilliard School in New York City. Only a few years later, he won a Tony Award for his 1980 Broadway debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita.” Patinkin has been nominated for six Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and three Tony Awards. He won an Emmy for “Chicago Hope” in 1995.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce adds stars to the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. Appromixately 24 star ceremonies are broadcast annually.
In 2016, Patinkin was one of three 2016 winners of the 37th annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service. Our coverage of that award also includes a video of Patinkin’s 2014 appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” The hosts surprised the actor on-camera with a guest appearance by his KU girlfriend (whom the Association helped track down for the show’s producers).
Patinkin’s visit to KU in 2001 was featured in Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 6, 2001. He also returned to the university in 2005, where he taught and performed as part of a benefit for University Theatre.