They’re both Jewish, although Patinkin was born in this country and Zukerman is the Israeli son of Holocaust survivors.
But their marital history diverges, with Patinkin having been wedded to the same woman since 1980 and Zukerman married to his third blond wife, a cellist named Amanda Forsyth who is nearly twenty years younger than he is.
So one could assume that Patinkin and Zukerman must be two different people. But have you ever seen them in the same room?
I thought not.
That’s Zukerman on the bottom, in case you were having trouble figuring out who’s who.
Two of the violinist’s three wives have been musicians. His first wife was stunning flutist and author Eugenia Zukerman, with whom he had two daughters, both successful singers (interesting in terms of the phenomenon of multiple talents about which I wrote here; the Zukerman parents and children are all exceedingly musical, but the parents play instruments and the children sing, one opera and one folk).
And who was Zukerman’s second wife, the non-musical one? Tuesday Weld.
Yes, that’s right: that Tuesday Weld. And lest you think this was a passing fling, let me just say that Pinchas and Tuesday (Pinchas and Tuesday????) were married for thirteen years, which in this day and age is practically in golden wedding anniversary league.
[NOTE: Patinkin is now 58 and Zukerman 62, but the photos above were taken some time ago.]