Randolph Mantooth (born Randy DeRoy Mantooth) is an American actor.
Mantooth was born Randy DeRoy Mantooth on September 19, 1945, in Sacramento, California, to Sadie and Donald Mantooth. Because of his father's job in the construction industry, Mantooth lived in a total of 24 states. Finally, the family permanently settled in Santa Barbara, California, where Mantooth grew up. He attended San Marcos High School and participated in school theatrical productions. After he studied at Santa Barbara City College, he received a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. There, he chose to change his first name from Randy to Randolph, but keep his surname. His performance as Gar in the play Philadelphia, Here I Come earned him the Charles Jehlenger Award for Best Actor. Mantooth's earliest jobs included an elevator operator at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church; a page at NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York; and a newspaper boy for a local paper, the Coatesville Record, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Mantooth was discovered in New York by a Universal Studios talent agent while performing the lead in Philadelphia, Here I Come. After signing with Universal and moving to California, he built up his acting career with roles in TV shows such as Adam-12, Marcus Welby, M.D., McCloud, and Alias Smith and Jones. He was chosen to play a lead role as John Gage, a firefighter and paramedic, in the 1970s medical drama Emergency!; the show aired for six seasons and six two-hour made-for-TV movie specials. Afterwards, Mantooth spoke regularly at firefighter and EMS conferences across the U.S., and became a spokesperson for both the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
During the peak of his acting career, Mantooth appeared in numerous films and TV series in both lead and supportive roles. His credits include a role in the miniseries adaptation of Testimony of Two Men and a starring role as Abraham Kent in The Seekers from 1979 to 1980. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Mantooth made appearances in daytime soap-opera shows, which all eventually earned him four Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. He frequently returned to onstage theater, starring in the productions Footprints in Blood, Back to the Blankets, Wink Dah, The Independence of Eddie Rose, The Paper Crown, The Inuit, and Rain Dance, among others. In his personal life, Mantooth revealed, in 2015, that he was diagnosed with cancer earlier that year, but that he had completed treatment and is now recovering.
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