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    Howie Mandel grew up in a traditional Jewish home in Toronto. He had a Bar Mitzvah when he was 13 years old. Mandel describes himself as an "outcast" whose humor was out of line. It led to his being expelled from high school.
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    Mandel joked that as a teenager he looked and sounded like a girl. With curly hair down to his shoulders and a high-pitched voice, the 4-foot-10-inch teen weighed 85 pounds and was often taunted. <br>
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    Howie Mandel has been onstage for 30 years. In this photo, Mandel appears backstage at the Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club in Toronto on April 19, 1978. It was taken minutes before he took the stage for his first real gig.
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    Making his mark as a manic young comic, Mandel landed his first marquee, "Howie Mandel: A Borderline Psychotic," in September 1979. Reflecting on the title in light of his obsessive-compulsive disorder, Mandel told 20/20 "How did they know?"
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    Howie Mandel met his wife Terry when they were just teenagers. They've been together ever since "We didn't know it was OCD then, but we just, I did know that he took a lot of showers," Terry said. "He had certain rituals that he did that I didn't know what it was."
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    Mandel first appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in November 1984. He would go on to appear more than 20 times. "This is a pinnacle of anybody who got into this business. It was to be on 'The Tonight Show,'" he said.
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    Mandel, with his wife Terry, and their kids Riley, Alex, and Jackie, in 2002. Mandel's OCD often made it difficult when raising their kids. <P><br> "That was tough. He was like, 'Nobody touch them, wash your hands.' The kids, when they were crawling on the floor, everything bothered, it was so hard for him," wife Terry said.
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    Mandel traveling with his daughter Riley Mandel. Mandel is a self proclaimed germaphobe. He used to wear masks around the house if someone was sick. On the set of "Deal or No Deal," he won't touch handrails or shake hands with contestants.
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    Mandel built a guest house for himself at his last home, so he would have a place to go when someone in his family got sick. It was a place to escape from his anxiety, associated with OCD. Mandel told "20/20" that OCD "injects ... a terror" into his life.
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    Mandel wrote a book called "Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me," in which he opens up about his crippling struggle with OCD. "It's uncomfortable, and it's hard, and it's somewhat embarrassing," he told 20/20. "There's a couple times, moments in a month when it's just hard, when it's just hard to go out or ... face anything."
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