Howie Mandel is best known as the host of Deal or No Deal, a judge on America’s Got Talent, and for being a hilarious comedian. He has been open about his struggle with OCD, but has not let it hinder him —mostly because of his wife, who is also the driving force behind his stand-up comedy. Howie Mandel’s wife is not a celebrity, but she’s famous. Howie Mandel and Terry Mandel have been together for a long time, but there’s very little known about her. Here’s everything you need to know about Terry Mandel.
How Long Has Howie Mandel Been Married?
To put it shortly, very long. Back when she was still Terry Soil, they met and dated in high school. These high school sweethearts tied the knot in 1980. Which means they have been together for more than three decades!
Howie said he knew he wanted to marry Terry when, “she made me laugh. It was wonderful to meet a witty woman. The biggest void that people can have in their lives is a sense of humor. Spending your life with someone who doesn’t have that wouldn’t be palatable.”
To this couple, date night is seven days a week, since Terry is not much of a cook. So, they often eat out at delis and takeout restaurants and watch a lot of movies.
Howie Gets in the Way…of Her Cleaning!
Aaprently, the AGT judge admits he rarely helps around the house. “It’s not for lack of volunteering or even being there, it’s just that I’d get in the way. I’m mostly inept,” he explained. But he does have opinions about how things could be in the house and that causes a few disagreements between the married couple of 37 years. Yes, after 37 years, married couples still have disagreements!
“The one thing my wife and I will never agree on about the house is…what color something should be. She’ll never do anything in the house without asking me, but I’m color-blind, so when I make a choice, I’m told that it clashes. So then I say, ‘Then why did you ask me? I’m color-blind.’ To which she says, ‘Because I want you to be involved.'” Read between the lines, Howie!
His Wife Pushed Him to Take NBC’s Offer
Howie Mandel opened up about his OCD and how it affected his profession. He was on the verge of quitting show business, when NBC offered him Deal or No Deal. He refused NBC’s offer to host the show, several times in fact.
It was when NBC sent him a tape of the overseas version that he got on board. But it was actually Terry who gave him the nudge he needed. “In fact, I kept saying no until my wife, Terry, told me to stop being such an idiot and take the deal,” he said.
Mandel credits his wife for making it so far in his career, and he quips that it’s because they don’t get much time together. “I’m really lucky to have met Terry all those years ago because not only is she beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well,” he says. “I’m lucky because she puts up with me. If you ask her why our marriage has survived all these years, she’ll tell you it’s because of the 200 live stand-up gigs I still perform every year. In fact, Terry would like to personally thank UJA for inviting me to perform and for getting me away from her for a couple of days. To be honest, she likes me to go away whenever possible.”
They Have 3 Kids
Howie and Terry Mandel are parents to two girls and a boy: Jackie, 32; Alex, 27; and Riley, 24. Jackie graduated from UCLA with a Masters of Education and is a teacher. She married her high school friend, Alex Schultz. Riley recently got engaged to Cameron Ehrlich, a senior iOS developer at Cie Digital Lab.
Alex Mandel definitely inherited his father’s comic skills and is a celebrity in his own right. While Howie is big on TV, Alex is an Instagram and YouTube star. His hilarious vlogs have become even more successful than his other YouTube channel, where he made drinks. To date, he has more than 430,000 subscribers!