Mandy Patinkin's Tribute
- In a Tik Tok video, actor Mandy Patinkin, 68, explained the fight scene in The Princess Bride was actually a tribute to his late father Lester, who passed away from pancreatic cancer.
- Patinkin himself is a prostate cancer survivor; he was diagnosed with the disease in 2004 and went through surgery for treatment.
- After losing a loved one to cancer, a helpful way to cope may be turning to activities you love and using it as a way to honor memories of your loved one.
Known for his roles in The Princess Bride and Criminal Minds, Patinkin is bringing a lot of light into our lives through his entertaining Tik Tok videos. Recently, one particular video has gone viral, in which he explained how a specific scene in The Princess Bride was a lot more than just a simple fight scene. According to Patinkin, the iconic scene where his character Inigo Montoya battled Count Rugen was actually a tribute to his late father Lester, who passed away from pancreatic cancer when Patinkin was just 18-years-old. When Patinkin recited the iconic line "I want my father back you son of a b****,” it meant more than just acting.Read More
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Patinkin knows firsthand how much cancer can affect a family, as he’s actually battled with the disease himself. Patinkin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2004 at the age of 51 close to the same age as when his father passed away. For treatment, the actor underwent prostate cancer surgery (also known as a prostatectomy). The procedure was successful, and he was declared in remission.
Coping With Losing a Loved One
After losing a loved one to cancer, it can be hard to find ways to cope with the tragedy. However, Patinkin’s way of honoring his father through something he loves to do can be a helpful way to turn a tragedy into beautiful memories. Sometimes, it’s not necessary to “move on,” after losing someone but instead you can focus on “moving forward” while still keeping their memory alive.
For Camila Legaspi, who lost her mother to breast cancer while she was in high school, she was able to cope with losing her mother by exploring new passions inspired by her mother. She was an avid writer, and would often journal throughout her life. Once Camila entered college, she continued her mother's legacy by joining her college newspaper and spending time creative writing.
"I actually took this sadness and let it motivate me," Camila previously told SurvivorNet. "I learned that it's OK to be sad sometimes. It's OK to carry sadness with you â€¦ it's not always a bad thing. It makes you who you are and it gives you a story to tell and it helps you teach other people to cope with their sadness."