Howie Mandel is a Proud Father of Three Grown-Up Children - Meet Them All
Howie Mandel wears many hats, but one of his most cherished is that as a father. Having been married to his wife, Terry for almost three decades, they share "three great children," Jackie, Riley, and Alex, and took a closer look at their lives. When asked about his hopes as a parent, Howie said, "What I try to teach my kids, is that life isn’t about making money or getting famous. If you’re doing something you look forward to and it’s fun, then you’ve made it. I happen to be lucky that way. The things that I look forward to and the things that I do for a living are one and the same."
Terry and Howie got married on March 16, 1980, two years before he became known due to his role on the critically-acclaimed medical drama, "St. Elsewhere" in 1982, which earned Howie Emmy award nominations. The couple became parents for the first time when Terry gave birth to their daughter, Jackie in 1984. A few years passed before they welcomed their son Alex in 1989, followed by their second daughter, Riley in 1992.
HOWIE MANDEL’S WIFE
Mandel has been married to Terry Mandel for a shocking 39 years. The couple married in 1980, and currently have three children together - two daughters, Jackie and Riley, and a son named Alex. Howie and Terry first met when they were just 12 years old at their town’s local YMCA, and started dating in high school.
Not many people are aware of the fact, but Terry helped her husband become famous. Howie almost ended up turning down the opportunity to host ‘Deal or No Deal,’ worried that it might damage his career. However, his wife convinced him to take the risk. As Mandel said in an interview,
“In 2005, when I got asked to do a game show, there was no comics hosting game shows. And I said no to it three times. My wife told me to take the deal, and I took the deal.”
LEARNING TO COMPROMISE
Although the couple is still living in the same home where their children grew up, Howie shared that he would have rather moved to something that requires less maintenance, now that their kids have moved out. He told The Wall Street Journal:
“Our daughters, Jackie and Riley, and our son, Alex, have all moved out. I’m tired of getting calls that the sprinkler doesn’t work or something needs to be fixed.
If I had my druthers, I’d live in a hotel. Terry doesn’t want to hear about it. The compromise we struck is buying an apartment in Los Angeles.”
Riley became engaged to the love of her life, Cameron Ehrlich on February 27, 2016, after he popped the question in Ghirardelli Square in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco. Howie couldn't be more pleased with the news that senior iOS developer at Cie Digital Labs, Cameron would be joining the family and beamed with pride as he announced the news on InstagramAlso nudging into a career in the entertainment industry, Riley picked up an acting credit for being a briefcase model on the television game show, "Deal or No Deal."
Alex followed his father's footsteps straight into acting and directing, and got known for his work on movies such as 2016's "Killer Holiday," "Odd Jobs" and "Prank It Forward," in 2014. The year 2016 turned into a special year for Alex, as the fruits from his passion for music became ready to bear.
Since 2010, Alex worked on getting an album together, but when he finally felt satisfied after rewriting and re-recording it several times, he asked for help from his supporters for the production of his debut album.
"I want it to be heard in high-fidelity CD-quality sound, professionally mastered, with beautiful artwork, and an insert with my complete lyrics," Alex wrote on Kickstarter. "We've grown accustomed to getting music for free, and hearing it via low-quality streaming. I'm not sure I can raise the money I need to release this record properly."
The musician asked for donations in his campaign. Since people can get hold of music for free online, the money he earns from them is not enough to pay for the proper production of an album.
On January 1, 2016, Alex excitedly announced that he received enough backers to produce an album. "Thanks so much to all of you. This is the first time I've been able to not lose money on an album right off the bat, and it feels really great to have my friends along with me on this album which has taken six years to complete - and which is sounding really, really good!" Alex wrote.
After having to wait for over a month, Alex made the much-anticipated announcement that his finished debut album, As Long as We Breathe, would be in his fan's hands within days.
"Warm greetings, my friends and backers! The CD is printed, and I will have them in my hands on Monday! That means I will ship them out to you next week," Alex added.
Alex also apprised his fans of his upcoming plans and shared details about his album release show. "Booked an album release show, March 5 at the Awaken Cafe in Oakland. I would love to see you there. A few days later, I set sail for New Zealand," he wrote.
Jackelyn and Alex Shultz became good friends during high school, but they only connected romantically years later and soon became engaged. Her older brother, Alex, officiated their vows during a ceremony planned by Mindy Weiss that took place at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles on July 22, 2013. Alex Shultz, a DJ, and teacher Jackelyn then went off to an idyllic honeymoon in Greece. According to Howie, the pair is meant to be. “It was inevitable they were going to get married,” he said during an interview in 2012.
Clearly, with all the success he managed to achieve both career and family-wise, Mandel seems to know something we don't! We'd love to figure out his secrets - wouldn't you? Make sure to stay tuned for the latest updates on your favorite celebrities!
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