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Emmy and Tony Award-win­ning ac­tor Mandy Patinkin used his Walk of Fame star-ded­i­cat­ing cer­e­mony in Hol­ly­wood Mon­day to make an im­pas­sioned speech calling for re­spect and dig­nity for refugees.

The 65-year-old Chicago na­tive, best known for play­ing CIA op­er­a­tive Saul Beren­son in Show­time spy drama

Home­land, wel­comed an Iraqi refugee to the event and im­plored the crowd to rec­og­nize the plight of the dis­pos­sessed.

“I want you to think about these peo­ple, who are the most vul­ner­a­ble among us all over the world, who need our at­ten­tion, more at­ten­tion than you can imag­ine, so that they can have qual­ity lives and bring their chil­dren up in a healthy, not war-torn, at­mos­phere and grow and live and pros­per,” he said.

Patinkin, whose grand­fa­ther fled the Nazis in Ger­man-oc­cu­pied Poland, and whose grand­mother es­caped the Rus­sian pogroms, has trav­eled ex­ten­sively to wit­ness the plight of dis­placed peo­ple since go­ing to Greece in 2015 to help refugees from war-torn Syria.

He said notic­ing the eth­nic di­ver­sity of the US squad at the Win­ter Olympics in South Korea had re­minded him of the con­tri­bu­tion im­mi­grants had made to the coun­try.

“They are our he­roes and our ath­letes for all time. They rep­re­sent us,” he went on. “Let us learn to wel­come other im­mi­grants with­out fear, with­out worry, and learn to trust them and not be guided by fear. They are our teach­ers.”

He told AFP after­wards he felt priv­i­leged to be a voice for “those who have no voice, the refugees who are suf­fer­ing.”

“I think the whole world needs to do more. These are hu­man be­ings. Take care of your neigh­bors (as) you would take care of your­self,” he said.

Patinkin has por­trayed Saul Beren­son – now the CIA’s Mid­dle East Di­vi­sion Chief – on Home­land since 2011, earn­ing three Em­mys nom­i­na­tions, but it was for CBS med­i­cal drama

Chicago Hope that he won the award in 1995. Born Man­del Bruce Patinkin in Chicago on Novem­ber 30, 1952 to a home­maker and a me­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing en­tre­pre­neur, the ac­tor at­tended a re­li­gious school and sang in syn­a­gogue choirs.

The fa­ther-of-two got into New York’s pres­ti­gious per­form­ing arts con­ser­va­tory the Juil­liard, where he met Kelsey Gram­mer, and later rec­om­mended his friend to play Frasier Crane on NBC sit-com Cheers.

Patinkin, who sings con­certs in Yid­dish and has fea­tured on 14 records, cut his teeth in mu­si­cal the­ater, win­ning a Tony Award in 1980 for play­ing Che in Evita.

“If he weren’t a Broad­way mu­si­cal star he would have been a can­tor. If he weren’t a tele­vi­sion star he would have been a Peace Corps vol­un­teer, a first re­spon­der,” the ac­tress said. “He would still cham­pion the dis­placed. He would still travel to refugee camps of hu­man

be­ings, “she added. AFP

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