"I have acquired a taste for Patinkin verging on addiction," Clive Barnes wrote in the New York Post in 2001.
Maybe you know him as Inigo Montoya, the Spanish fencer in "The Princess Bride," who shouts, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!"
Or perhaps you were introduced to him in "Yentl," as the serious yeshiva boy whose confused feelings for Babs' cross-dressing Torah student entwined him in romance.
Or maybe you simply know him as Mandy Patinkin, master showman.
"It's become cool to be Jewish," says comedian Eric Schwartz, a.k.a. Smooth E., before he quotes one of his own songs, "Jewish is trendy, Jewish is fun, it took 2,000 years, but it finally caught on!"
He worked aliens on "Men in Black," operated penguins in "Batman Returns"and helped bring the brontosaurus to life in the first "Flintstones" movie, but ace puppeteer Len Levitt says his most rewarding work was the children's show "Alef ... Bet ... Blast-Off!"