September 19, 1950
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Other names||Randy Mantooth|
|Occupation||Actor, Writer, Speaker|
|Years active||Late 1960s-present|
|Spouse(s)||Kristen Connors (2002-present)
Rose Parra (1978–1991) (divorced)
Randolph Mantooth (born September 19, 1950) is an American actor of Seminole descent. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mantooth has been a working actor in television, documentaries, theater, and film for more than 40 years. He was discovered in New York by a Universal Studios talent agent while performing the lead in the play Philadelphia, Here I Come. After signing with Universal and moving to California, he slowly built up his resume with work on such dramatic series as Adam-12 (1968), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969), McCloud (1970), and Alias Smith and Jones (1971).
He was chosen to play a lead role as Fireman/Paramedic John Gage in the 1970s medical drama, Emergency!, a show that enjoyed six seasons (129 episodes) and seven two-hour television movie specials. Since this experience, Mantooth has spoken regularly at Firefighter and EMS conferences and symposiums across the United States, while maintaining an active acting career. He is a spokesperson for both the International Association of Firefighters [IAFF] and the International Association of Fire Chiefs [IAFC] for fire fighter health and safety, and he has been honored over the years with numerous awards and recognitions.
Mantooth has appeared in numerous films and television series in lead and supportive roles including mini-series adaptations of Testimony of Two Men (1977) and a starring role as Abraham Kent in The Seekers (1979-80). Through the 1990s and 2000s he explored a new direction in his career with daytime soap operas, earning him four Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. He has frequently returned to his theater roots in such productions as "Footprints in Blood", "Back to the Blankets", "Wink Dah", "The Independence of Eddie Rose", "The Paper Crown", "The Inuit" and "Rain Dance", among others.
Mantooth, the oldest of four children, was born in Sacramento, California, to Sadie and Donald (Buck) Mantooth. He is half Seminole. His siblings are Don Mantooth, Nancy Mantooth and Tonya Mantooth.
Because of their father's job in the construction industry, Mantooth lived in 24 states, finally settling in Santa Barbara, California, where he grew up. He attended San Marcos High School and participated in school plays. He received a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York following his studies at Santa Barbara City College.
One of his earlier jobs was as an elevator operator at the Madison Ave. Baptist Church and as a page at NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. His very first paying job in life was as a newspaper boy for the local paper, the Coatesville Record, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
On April 2, 2013, Mantooth had lost his mother, Sadie Mantooth, at age 90, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. The Los Angeles County Fire Museum had received a special donation from him to dedicate the memory of his mother.
Mantooth was discovered in New York by Universal Studios’ talent agent Eleanor Kilgallen while playing the lead in the play Philadelphia Here I Come. His performance as "Gar" earned him the Charles Jehlenger Award for Best Actor, an honor he shared with fellow actor Brad Davis. After signing with Universal and moving back to California, he slowly built up his resume with work on such dramatic series as Adam-12 (1968), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969), McCloud (1970), and Alias Smith and Jones (1971). This led to TV stardom on the popular Emergency! series in 1972 which ran over five seasons. As a change of pace, he tried comedy and earned series roles on the short-lived Operation Petticoat (1977) and Detective School (1979), as well as pursued the guest star route on episodics.
Producer Robert A. Cinader saw Mantooth in a small role on The Bold Ones opposite Hal Holbrook that led to his decision to cast him as Los Angeles County Firefighter/Paramedic John Gage on the long-running TV series, Emergency!, which shot him to stardom. In an interview with Tom Blixa of WTVN, the actors (Mantooth along with Kevin Tighe) had to take the paramedic course to train for the part, although they did not have to take the written portions or the test. The producer wanted them to train so that they would at least know the fundamentals and look like they knew what they were doing on camera. Mantooth mentioned that unless you take the written course you are not a paramedic and that "if anyone has a heart attack, I'll call 911 with the best of them".
According to authors Richard Yokley and Roxane Sutherland who wrote the book, Emergency! Behind the Scenes, the show Emergency! is an important chapter in television history. When the world premiere was first broadcast in 1972, there were only 12 paramedic units in all of North America. Ten years later, more than half of all Americans were within ten minutes of a paramedic rescue or ambulance unit, due to the influence of the show. The program introduced audiences from all over the world to the concept of pre-hospital care, along with fire prevention and CPR. Nearly 30 years after Emergency! debuted, the Smithsonian Institute accepted Emergency! memorabilia into its Natural History Museum.
Along with the pilot film (The Wedsworth-Townsend Act), there were six additional two-hour television films during the following two years. The series was sold into syndication on TV Land, RTV and MeTV. Even after the series' end, Mantooth would remain close to fellow co-stars Julie London, Bobby Troup, and Kevin Tighe.
Mantooth said in one interview that he and his family were actually fans of Julie London's music, as a little boy, despite the fact his father did not meet her. When he finally met her (as the lead actress) at the auditions on Emergency!, with the insistence of her ex-husband Jack Webb, London became Mantooth's soul, surrogate mother, mentor and friend, who took him under her wing, throughout the show's 8 seasons, along with Tighe, both on- camera as well as off-camera, which was the success story of 1970s television. The two would also both spend a lot of time at Julie's and Bobby's house, while on hiatus. He also has the greatest hits compilation of her music. In another interview with London's and Mantooth's lifelong fan, Tom Blixa of WTVN, Mantooth said of himself, being influenced by her, "Lot of salty language, though, and we've learned every bad word from Julie London. I'm serious! I loved her, but she said, 'I'm a broad!,' I loved her." He also added of her languid personality, "She was the potty-mouth of the Emergency! group, and the reason that she was, was she was a girl and could get away with it!"Years after the cancelation of Emergency!, while co-starring in the movie, Agent Red, Mantooth received word that he lost his beloved TV head nurse, series' lead and decades-long friend, London, on October 18, 2000, which was nearly 2 years after his TV doctor, Troup, had died.
Mantooth directed two episodes of Emergency!; "The Nuisance" (1976) and "Insanity Epidemic" (1977), and also directed the movie Greatest Rescues of Emergency (1978).
Emergency! spun off an animated version called Emergency +4 which ran on NBC Saturday mornings from 1973 to 1976, of which Mantooth's voice was used.
While Mantooth has been a working actor for forty years, he has remained an advocate of firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and other emergency medical providers. He makes speeches and personal appearances each year at events across the country, discussing the "inside story of the development of the television series Emergency! and its impact on the EMS system development". Having worked closely with the nation’s first certified firefighter/paramedics, who served as technical advisors on the set of Emergency!, Mantooth brings a perspective and insight into the startup and history of pre-hospital treatment in the field. He worked alongside influential men who made a difference … men he greatly admired … the late Robert A. Cinader, creator and executive producer of Emergency!, and the man known as the Father of Modern Emergency Medical Services, close friend and mentor, the late James O. Page. According to A.J. Heightman, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), "Randy Mantooth is one of the strongest reminders of how America turned the dedicated delivery of basic emergency care into a systematic approach to EMS and Advanced Life Support".
Mantooth serves as honorary chairman and spokesperson for the non-profit County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association. He also serves as spokesperson for the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) on Health and Safety. He has been honored over the years with numerous awards and recognitions, most recently the James O. Page Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), EMS section. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and a lifetime member of the Washington DC-based Advocates for EMS. He "accepts the accolades with gracious deference to those he considers our true heroes".
In 1979 and 1980, Mantooth appeared in the mini-series adaptations of Testimony of Two Men (1977) and The Seekers (1979-80), the latter with a starring role as Abraham Kent, based on the John Jakes novel.
Daytime drama series
After a career lull in the early 1980s, Mantooth moved back to New York where he explored a new direction in his career with daytime soap operas, earning him four Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. He played "Clay Alden" in the soap opera Loving from 1987 through 1990, then left for personal reasons before returning to the show in 1993, this time in the role of "Alex Masters". The soap was later revamped and entitled The City but it lasted only two more years. Since then, he has regularly appeared on General Hospital, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns, where he has played both good guys and villains. In 2003, Mantooth joined the cast of As the World Turns as a temporary replacement for Benjamin Hendrickson in the role of "Hal Munson". When Hendrickson left the show in 2004, Mantooth was again cast as Munson, also in a recurring position; Hendrickson returned to the program in 2005. In 2007, Mantooth landed the recurring role of "Kirk Harmon" on One Life to Live.
- (1990) Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award -
Outstanding Hero: Daytime (Loving)
- (1995) Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award -
Outstanding Supporting Actor (Loving)
- (1996) Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award -
Outstanding Male Scene Stealer (Loving)
- (1997) Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award -
Outstanding Supporting Actor (The City)
- Enemy Action (1999)
- Agent Red (2000)
- Price to Pay (2006)
- He Was a Quiet Man (2007)
- On the Revolutions of Heavenly Sheres (Film short) (2007)
- Flowers and Weeds (Film short) (2008)
- Scream of the Bikini (2009)
- Bold Native (2010)
- Killer Holiday (2013)
Mantooth has frequently returned to his theatre roots in such productions as Footprints in Blood, Back to the Blankets, Wink Dah, The Independence of Eddie Rose, The Paper Crown, The Inuit and Rain Dance (off-Broadway), among others. Since 2003, Mantooth has been an Associate Artist of The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, founded by Jeff Daniels, completing a three-month run of Superior Donuts in 2012.
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