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Randolph Mantooth (born September 19, 1945) is an American character actor of stage, film and television. Mantooth is best known for his work in the 1970s medical drama, Emergency!, as Johnny Gage, a Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic. He is also known for his work on the E! Network's program Talk Soup alongside host John Henson, and for having appeared in various soap operas starting in 1987.
Mantooth, the oldest of four children, was born in Sacramento, California, to Sadie and Donald (Buck) Mantooth. He is half Seminole. Because of his father's job in the construction industry, Mantooth's family lived in 24 states, finally settling in Santa Barbara, California, where he grew up. Even as a child, Mantooth was fascinated with acting. He attended San Marcos High School, where he further cultivated his passion in drama, which led him to become an actor. He graduated from high school in 1964 and then the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, with a major in drama. 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 newspapers boy for the local paper, the Coatesville Record, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.Read Full Bio >>
Mantooth was spotted by Universal Studios’ talent agent Eleanor Kilgallen playing the lead in the play Philadelphia Here I Come, in New York. His performance as Gar earned him the Charles Jehlenger Award for Best Actor, an honor he shared with fellow actor Brad Davis. In 1970, he was offered a contract with Universal Studios. He moved back to California, where he guest-starred in a variety of shows.
Producer Robert A. Cinader saw him 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 Johnny Gage on the long-running TV series, Emergency!, which shot him to stardom, from 1972 to 1979, starring opposite Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup and Kevin Tighe, who would become best friends for life. Mantooth said in one interview that when he was growing up, he alongside his family was a big fan of Julie's music, despite the fact his father didn't meet her. When he, alone, finally met the popular singer/movie icon on Emergency!, she was also Randy's surrogate mother, mentor and dearest friend, who took him under Mantooth's wing. Second-only to Tighe, he was absolutely close to London. He also has the greatest hits compilation of her music. In a recent interview, he said about himself being influenced by her, as an on-screen nurse, "Lot of salty language, though; and we learned every bad word from Julie London. I'm quite serious! I loved her to death; but, she herself said, 'I'm a broad!,' I loved her." He also added of London's languid personality off-camera, "She was the potty-mouth of the Emergency! group, and she said the reason that she was, is because she was a girl and she can get away with it!" On the set, he and co-star Tighe both developed a close relationship with both London and Troup, on- the set, while off- the Emergency! set, he and Tighe spent a lot of time with Julie's and Bobby's family on weekends. On October 18, 2000, his longtime friend, co-star and TV nurse, London died, almost two years, after her husband, co-star and TV doctor, Bobby Troup had died.
After Emergency!, Mantooth appeared in the mini series adaptation of "The Seekers" in 1979-80, based on the John Jakes novel. Afterwards, wanting to break the pigeon-hole he felt he was in playing the very popular Johnny Gage he decided to make a move back to where his career started. He moved back to New York where he appeared as Clay Alden (later Alex Masters) on the soap Loving, which he played from 1987 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1995, reprising his role as Alex Masters on The City from 1995 to 1997.
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'.
Mantooth also guest-starred in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica episode "Greetings from Earth" as Michael, Baywatch episode "Dead of Summer" (1993) as Secret Service Agent Sam Dietz and JAG (1997) as Col. Ron Barret.
In 2011, the actor appeared in two episodes of Sons of Anarchy on the FX channel.
Mantooth serves as honorary chairman and spokesperson for the non-profit County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association, and recently received an award for his efforts from the International Association of Fire Chiefs' EMS section. He also serves as spokesperson for the IAFF (International Association of Firefighters) on Health and Safety.
Mantooth has a brother Donald (born June 20, 1952) and two sisters Nancy (born January 4, 1947) and Tonya (born June 12, 1959). On August 10, 2002, Mantooth married Kristen Marie Connors at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. He and his Emergency co-star Kevin Tighe have remained close friends since the series.
Mantooth is a much sought after national speaker for Firefighter and EMS conferences and symposiums across the United States, while still maintaining an active acting career.
His mother, Sadie Mantooth, died April 2, 2013, at the age of 90, at Cottage Hospital, in Santa Barbara, California.
Mantooth is cited in The Tubes' 1975 song "What Do You Want From Life?" from their first album The Tubes.<< Less Bio
|1997||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor||"The City" (1995).||Nominated|
|1996||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Male Scene Stealer||"Loving" (1983).||Nominated|
|1995||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor||"Loving" (1983).||Nominated|
|1990||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Hero: Daytime||"Loving" (1983).||Nominated|