Howie Mandel – ‘America’s Got Talent’ 2015 Judge

Howie Mandel

America's Got Talent longtime judge Howie Mandel earns an annual salary of $70 thousand per episode of the show, which makes it easy to see how he's racked up an estimated net worth of $40 million. But, life wasn't always easy for the comedian, who was expelled from high school for impersonating a school board member and signing a construction contract for building an addition to the school. He worked very hard for his fame and eventually became the creator as well as voice of the animated "Bobby" of Bobby's World. He acted in several films as the voice of Gizmo in Gremlins, the starring role in the movie Walk Like A Man, and the character Maurice in the movie Little Monsters. He even did the voices for Animal, Skeeter and Bunsen Honeydew for Muppet Babies.


Mandel met his wife Terry Soil in high school and he married her in 1980. They have three children together - daughter Jackie, son Alex, and daughter Riley. Mandel also adopted two of his nephews - Austin and Zack Mandel. Throughout his life and marriage, Mandel and his family have had to deal with his many medical issues. On "Live With Regis And Kelly" in 2008, Mandel came out as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and he later wrote a book about his ADHD, as well as his OCD behaviors. The book is called "Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me" and Mandel often calls it a "love letter" to his wife because she's helped him cope with his disorders for decades. Sometimes, Mandel can be seen wearing surgical masks and gloves so that he can comfortably interact with fans. In Mandel's book, he talked about living with ADHD as a young child, explaining that: I have been professionally diagnosed with this disorder as an adult. The characteristics of this are an inability to focus, impulsive behavior, and being easily distracted. I have come to realize these symptoms have plagued me throughout my life. I remember thinking as a child, I have to go to the potty, and then I would see something shiny or hear a voice, and I would be off on a tangent. Soon, I would realize that my pants were wet, and I hadn't made it to the potty.


Mandel's wife Terry talked about how they put the puzzle pieces together on Howie's condition, telling ABC News: We didn't know it was OCD then, but we just, I did know that he took a lot of showers. He had certain rituals that he did that I didn't know what it was. As far as how Mandel's family has dealt with his issues, he admitted to Attitude Magazine that they have had to have therapy over the years, explaining: I have a tough time being with myself, so I can imagine what it’s like to live with me. I’ve been married to my wife, Terry, for 30 years — she was my high-school sweetheart — and, God knows, she’s patient with me. If you asked her about my ADD/ADHD, she would say it’s difficult to deal with. She can’t get through a conversation with me without having to reel me back in. Every talk we have is peppered with, “Howie, Howie! Are you paying attention?” I would love to have an adult conversation someday. My wife and children have been through therapy because of the problems my disorders have caused ... When our children were young, it was hard for them to corner me and to share their day. One of the great pleasures of having children is spending one-on-one time with them. Sadly, I could do that for only a few minutes at a time.


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