Bronson Pinchot

Actor
Comedic actor Bronson Pinchot first turned heads as a snobby art gallery worker of uncertain nationality and dubious sexual orientation opposite Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), before becoming a television ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1959 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

The Mysteries of Laura 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bronson Pinchot Saves America 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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NCIS 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Bronson Pinchot Project 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Shake It Up! 2011 (Tv Show)

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Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii Five-O 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Town Crier (Actor)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1985 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Clueless 1985 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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High Incident 1985 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1985 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Six Degrees 1985 - 1993, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Step by Step 1985 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

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Second Best 2005 (Movie)

Doc Klingenstein (Actor)

The Surreal Life 2005 (Tv Show)

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Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control 2005 (Movie)

Devon Sharpe (Actor)

Small Souled Men 2004 (Movie)

Bergerac De La Houssey (Actor)

Breaking News 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Putting It Together 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 1999 (Movie)

of Francois (Voice)

Out of the Cold 1999 (Movie)

Max Kaplan (Actor)

Meego 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Quest for Camelot 1998 (Movie)

of Griffin (Voice)

Slappy and the Stinkers 1998 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

The Champions of Magic II 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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All-Star T.G.I.F. Magic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Babes in Toyland 1997 (Movie)

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Napoleon 1997 (Movie)

of Birdo (Voice)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Monty Tipton (Actor)

The 1996 ESPY Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Duarto Feliz (Actor)

Stephen King's "The Langoliers" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Serge (Actor)

The Trouble With Larry 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Disney's Christmas Fantasy on Ice 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Perfect Strangers 1985 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Elliot Blitzer (Actor)

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Bellboy (Actor)

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Second Sight 1989 (Movie)

Bobby McGee (Actor)

Sara 1984 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Hot Resort 1985 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

Serge (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

Alfred Schultz (Actor)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Between Two Women (TV Show)

Actor

Bruno the Kid (TV Show)

Voice

Jury Duty: The Comedy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Comedic actor Bronson Pinchot first turned heads as a snobby art gallery worker of uncertain nationality and dubious sexual orientation opposite Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), before becoming a television staple as the lovable Balki on "Perfect Strangers" (ABC, 1986-1993). Prior to stardom, Pinchot's work in an off-Broadway show brought him to the attention of a casting agent on the Tom Cruise hit film "Risky Business" (1983). He followed his feature debut with a small, but scene-stealing turn in "Beverly Hills Cop" as the snarky, oddly-accented Serge. He developed a similar character - minus the attitude - with Balki, the bumpkin cousin from the fictional Mediterranean island of Mypos on the long-running sitcom "Perfect Strangers," alongside co-star Mark Linn-Baker. In the years that followed the end of his hit show, Pinchot made several unsuccessful attempts to land a new series, sporadically punctuated with supporting appearances in films such as "True Romance" (1993). Later, he would reemerge on the 2005 season of the reality show "The Surreal Life" (The WB, 2002-04/VH1, 2004-06), in which he showed himself to be far-removed from the sexually innocent Balki audiences had long associated him with. Nonetheless, Pinchot's earlier body of comedic work earned him enough good will with fans that he continued to be a welcome presence in his many TV, film, and stage appearances.

Relationships

Amy Heckerling Director

Companion
together since c. 1994 engaged in 1997 separated by fall 1997

Henry Pinchot

Father
left Pinchot's mother c. 1961

Rosina Pinchot

Mother

Marcy Walker Actor

Companion
together c. 1984 engaged no longer together

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1981
attended on full scholarship; graduated with honors

Milestones

2001

Acted on the London stage in the two-character piece "Stones in His Pocket"

2000

Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park staging of "The Winter's Tale"

1998

Cast as Stan Laurel in "Laurel and Hardy: For Love or Mummy"

1997

Starred in the CBS sitcom "Meego"

1995

Starred in ABC miniseries "Stephen King's The Langoliers"

1994

Returned as Serge in "Beverly Hills Cop III"

1993

Starred in short-lived CBS sitcom "The Trouble With Larry"

1992

Played title role in the feature "Blame It on the Bellboy"

1990

Made Broadway debut in "Zoya's Apartment"

1990

Played multiple roles in the comic TV-movie "Jury Duty: The Comedy" (ABC)

1989

Co-starred in "Second Sight"

1986

Played Balki Bartomous on ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers"

1985

Breakthrough role as Serge in "Beverly Hills Cop"

1985

Co-starred in short-lived NBC sitcom "Sara"

1983

Film debut, "Risky Business"

1981

Stage debut in the off-Broadway production "Poor Little Lambs"

1978

Was member of acting company at Theater at Monmouth Company, Monmouth, Maine

Raised in South Pasadena, California

Made musical debut in the stage revue "Putting It Together"; production taped for airing as a pay-per-view special before being released on video

Joined cast of ABC sitcom "Step by Step"

Bonus Trivia

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"[My father] was an out-of-control, substance-abusing wife beater. To me, he was scarier than the boogeyman. He would show up high as a kite and try to break through the windows. He came home one Christmas, kicked the presents around the house like soccer balls and beat my mother with a telephone cord. [My mother] was interested in giving her kids more than the usual. She was like taking an arc light into a grimy garage. She made all the rats and creepy-crawler things run into the corners." --Pinchot in PEOPLE, June 20, 1994

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Pinchot is a "beyond passionate" collector of Greek and Roman antiques.

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"There are times when I just want to spent a week by myself. I'm going to pull a Charlie Chaplin and have kids when I'm 60."--Pinchot in PEOPLE, June 20, 1994

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