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Bronson Pinchot

Bronson PinchotAKA Bronson Alcott Pinchot

Born: 20-May-1959
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Balki on Perfect Strangers

Bronson Pinchot is a comic actor best known for playing foreigners or oddballs. On the long-running sitcom Perfect Strangers, he played Balki Bartokomous, the na´ve shepherd from Mypos who immigrated to America.

Pinchot's father was a drunk who often beat his wife and children. Pinchot vividly remembers one Christmas when his father "kicked the presents around the house like soccer balls and beat my mother with a telephone cord". After his father abandoned the family, Pinchot was raised by his working mother, and earned a scholarship to Yale, where he studied drama. He made his film debut as one of the kids in Risky Business with Tom Cruise, and had memorable supporting roles as the gay gallery salesman "Serge" in Beverly Hills Cop, the office trainee in Martin Scorsese's After Hours, and the cocaine connection in True Romance.

Since Perfect Strangers, Pinchot has reappeared in several failed sitcoms and increasingly obscure films. His series work includes The Trouble With Larry, where he played a honeymooning man kidnapped by baboons; and Meego, where he portrayed a space alien working as a nanny. He also played a very French hairdresser on Step By Step near the end of that show's long run, and appeared in the 2005 edition of Surreal Life. On Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pinchot appeared twice as The Prankster, a silly villain from DC's comic books. His recent films include such disasters as Slappy and the Stinkers with B. D. Wong, and Second Best with Joe Pantoliano. Pinchot played Stan Laurel in The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy: For Love or Mummy.

He often works on stage, where his credits have been more impressive, including Shakespeare's Henry V with Liev Schreiber, Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together with Carol Burnett, and Larry Gelbart's Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss. In his biography for Playbill, Pinchot wrote that his "performance as a child murderer in Stephen King's The Langoliers has its own rotunda in the Smithsonian's new Wing for Comic Actors With Something to Prove."

Pinchot is often reported to have been a founder of The International Wizard of Oz Club, for fans of L. Frank Baum's books and the movies based on the books. The club began two years before Pinchot was born, but he is a long-time member, and once drew an illustration that was included in the club's annual calendar. He collects classical Greek art.

Father: Henry Poncharavsky (bookbinder worker, abandoned family in 1961)
Mother: Rosina Poncharavsky (office worker)
Girlfriend: Marcy Walker (actress, briefly engaged 1984-85)
Girlfriend: Amy Heckerling (dated and briefly engaged 1993-97)

    High School: South Pasadena High School, Pasadena, CA (1977)
    University: BA Drama, Yale University (1981)

    Freemasonry Lodge #445 in Harford, PA Dec-2002
    Endorsement of Target 1998
    Russian Ancestry Paternal

    The Young and the Restless Patrick Dalton (2008)
    The Surreal Life Himself (2005)
    Meego Meego (1997)
    Step by Step Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux (1997)
    Perfect Strangers Balki Bartokomous (1986-93)
    Sara Dennis Kemper (1985)

    Pure Country 2: The Gift (15-Oct-2010) · Joseph
    Hooking Up (6-Mar-2009) · Mr. Kimbal
    The Tale of Despereaux (19-Dec-2008) · Town Crier [VOICE]
    The Wager (15-Jun-2007) · Colin Buchanan
    Second Best (16-Jan-2004)
    Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (18-Feb-2001) [VOICE]
    The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in "For Love or Mummy" (31-Aug-1999)
    Out of the Cold (28-Aug-1999) · Max Kaplan
    Beach Movie (25-Nov-1998)
    Quest for Camelot (15-May-1998) [VOICE]
    Slappy and the Stinkers (23-Jan-1998)
    The First Wives Club (20-Sep-1996) · Duarto Feliz
    Courage Under Fire (12-Jul-1996) · Bruno
    It's My Party (11-Jan-1996)
    The Langoliers (14-May-1995)
    Beverly Hills Cop III (25-May-1994) · Serge
    True Romance (10-Sep-1993)
    Blame It on the Bellboy (6-Mar-1992)
    Second Sight (3-Nov-1989) · Bobby
    Between Two Women (10-Mar-1986)
    After Hours (13-Sep-1985)
    Hot Resort (Jan-1985)
    The Flamingo Kid (21-Dec-1984)
    Beverly Hills Cop (5-Dec-1984) · Serge
    Risky Business (5-Aug-1983) · Barry

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