Alan Mandell

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Alan Mandell
Albert Mandell

(1927-12-27) December 27, 1927 (age 92)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Alan Mandell (born Albert Mandell on December 27, 1927) is a Canadian-American actor known for playing Rabbi Marshak in the Coen Brothers' 2009 film A Serious Man. With several decades of experience as a stage actor, he is especially acclaimed as an interpreter of the works of Samuel Beckett.[1]


Albert Mandell was born to a Jewish family in Toronto, Ontario in 1927.[2] He acted on stage in both Canada and the United States, building a reputation in San Francisco's theater scene in the 1950s.[3] In 1968 he legally changed his given name to Alan to avoid being confused with noted mobster, Albert Anastasia. [2]

Mandell's association with Beckett began in 1957, with a production of Waiting for Godot at San Francisco's Actor's Workshop. He subsequently played Lucky in a production of Godot directed by Beckett himself.[4]

Outside of Beckett, Mandell has acted in productions of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Arthur Miller's The Price.[3] In 2007 he appeared as Juror #9 in a Los Angeles production of Twelve Angry Men, directed by Scott Ellis and costarring Richard Thomas and George Wendt.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Illegally Yours Juror #8
1991 The Marrying Man Murch
1993 Midnight Witness Shaw
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Patron at Bar Uncredited role
2006 Shortbus Tobias, the Mayor
2009 A Serious Man Rabbi Marshak
2013 Herblock: The Black & the White Herbert Block documentary
2015 Addicted to Fresno Arthur Lupka
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw Ventril Dease


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Great Performances District Police Inspector Episode: "Enemies"
1975 The Invisible Man Senator Baldwyn Episode: "Man of Influence"
1975 Cannon Billings Episode: "Fall Guy"
1976 The Six Million Dollar Man Technician Episode: "The Secret of Bigfoot: Part 2 "
1976 Baretta Assistant DA Merriman Episode: "The Left Hand of the Devil"
1976 Baretta Richmond Episode: "Runway Cowboy"
1977 Man from Atlantis Grant Stockwood Episode: "The Death Scouts"
1978 79 Park Avenue Dr. George Waldheim TV miniseries
1978 Eight is Enough unknown Episode: "Cinderella's Understudy"
1980 Breaking Away Pinball player Episode: "Grand Illusion"
1991 Sisters Owen Glendower Episode: "One to Grow On"
2010 Grey's Anatomy Henry Stamm Episode: "Shiny Happy People"


  1. ^ Byrd, Craig (April 20, 2016). "Alan Mandell Will Finish His Stage Career the Way He Started It: with a Performance of Endgame". Los Angeles. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Alan Mandell papers, 1950-2012". Online Archive of California. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b McNulty, Charles (February 13, 2015). "Theater pulses in Alan Mandell's veins". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Rampell, Ed (April 11, 2012). "Q&A: Actor Alan Mandell on Samuel Beckett". The Forward. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Verini, Bob (March 30, 2007). "Twelve Angry Men". Variety. Retrieved June 5, 2018.

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