I remember Mandy most as Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride. He was even good in a series called Dead like me as Rube. But apparently another role that I enjoyed of his Jason Gideon on Criminal Minds was not Mandy’s favorite roles on TV. I had heard that his departures from Dead Like Me and Criminal Minds were abrupt, but I never knew why.
"The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do ‘Criminal Minds’ in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again." told to NYmag
That explains the departure. His emphatic response shows just how much that he emerses himself into his projects. Its no wonder we get the kind of performances on film that we have seen of Mandy. If you view the violence and take it in the way he does I can see how it would be damaging to your soul week after week. Hopefully by quiting Criminal Minds, finding work afterwards, and sharing his regrets publicly he has put that part of his career behind him. Jason Gideon is dead by the hands of Mandy Patinkin just like the Six-fingered man of the Princess Bride.