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Alan Mandell
Albert Mandell

(1927-12-27) December 27, 1927 (age 96)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian/American
Occupation actor

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.


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

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

Outside of Beckett, Mandell has acted in productions of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Arthur Miller's The Price. 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.



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"
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