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20 Facts about TV Host Howie Mandel, the Longest Serving Judge on AGT

Ra'eesah Manack
Sep 05, 2019
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Canadian-born actor Howie Mandel is the longest-serving judge on America's Got Talent. He has become a household name through the show.

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Comedian, actor and television host, Howie Mandel has done everything from hosting the CNBC game show "Deal or No Deal" to acting in the comedy film "Walk Like a Man."

He also created and starred in the children's cartoon "Bobby's World" as well as appearing as a judge on "America's Got Talent." Here are twenty facts about Mandel that fans might not know.

A young Howie Mandel smiles at the camera | Wikimedia Commons

A young Howie Mandel smiles at the camera | Wikimedia Commons

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1. Color Blind

Howard Mandel is color blind.

2. He is A Father

Mandel is a father to three children. First is his daughter Jackie who was born in 1984, then son Alex Mandel was born in 1989. His last child, Riley Mandel, was born in1992.

Howie Mandel arrives to the NBC Universal TCA Summer Press Tour 2016 | Shutterstock

Howie Mandel arrives to the NBC Universal TCA Summer Press Tour 2016 | Shutterstock

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3. Opening Act

Howie was once the opening act for Diana Ross when she was performing in Las Vegas.

4. Expelled

When he was in high school in Toronto he was expelled. He apparently pretended to be from the school board and convinced a local construction company to add a section onto the high school.

 Howie Mandel and wife Terry at the "8th Annual Family Television Awards" at Beverly Hilton | Shutterstock

Howie Mandel and wife Terry at the "8th Annual Family Television Awards" at Beverly Hilton | Shutterstock

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5. OCD & Mysophobia

Howie has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and mysophobia, the fear of germs. Due to his disorder and fear, he will not shake hands with people and once accidentally spoke about his illness on camera.

6. His Signature Handshake

Since he refuses to shake hands, Howie has created his own signature replacement. He instead does a tap fist motion.

Howie Mandel at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony honoring him. | Shutterstock

Howie Mandel at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony honoring him. | Shutterstock

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7. Famous Friend

One of Howie's close friends is Jay Leno.

8. Wax Named After Him

The Waxing Goddess named a bikini wax after him. It is called The Howie Mandel and claims it will leave just a little triangle of hair behind.

 Howie Mandel arrives at "America's Got Talent: The Champions" Finale at Pasadena Civic Auditorium  | Getty Images

Howie Mandel arrives at "America's Got Talent: The Champions" Finale at Pasadena Civic Auditorium | Getty Images

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9. Food Poisoning

Howie once suffered food poisoned after he unknowingly ate contaminated chicken.

10. Daughter

His oldest daughter Jackelyn Shultz did not follow his footsteps. Instead, she decided to become a teacher.

Judge Howie Mandel arrives for the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Live Show at Dolby Theatre | Getty Images

Judge Howie Mandel arrives for the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Live Show at Dolby Theatre | Getty Images

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11. Star in Canada

Mandel was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto on September 19, 2009. He is only the third game show host to get a star.

12. Who is His Manager

His road manager is Rich Thurber.

Howie Mandel attends the "America's Got Talent" red carpet event at Madison Square Garden  | Getty Images

Howie Mandel attends the "America's Got Talent" red carpet event at Madison Square Garden | Getty Images

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13. Best Role

Howie Mandel is best known for his role as Dr. Wayne Fiscus on "St. Elsewhere" in 1982.

14. Idol

His idol was Julie London.

Comedian Howie Mandel and wife Terry Soil pose with Mandel's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame | Getty Images

Comedian Howie Mandel and wife Terry Soil pose with Mandel's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame | Getty Images

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15. Mentor

Howie Mandel's acting mentor was Norman Lloyd.

16. His Book

In December 2009, Mandel released his book, "Here's the Deal, Don't Touch Me." He paired up with Josh Young to write the book.

Howie Mandel as the host on "Deal or No Deal"| Flikr

Howie Mandel as the host on "Deal or No Deal"| Flikr

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17. Hospitalization

In January 2009, Mandel was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. He was in Toronto, Canada at the time.

18. Other Disorder

Besides Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mandel has also been diagnosed with ADHD.

Howie Mandel speaks onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village  | Getty Images

Howie Mandel speaks onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village | Getty Images

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19. Chemistry with Norman Lloyd

Howie once said he had a wonderful chemistry with Norman Lloyd on "St. Elsewhere."

20. Attended Lloyd's Birthday

Mandel was amongst the guests at 100th birthday of Norman Lloyd in 2014. Also amongst the guests was Ed Begley Jr., Stephen Furst, and David Morse.

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