John Pankow

Actor
This experienced stage and screen actor played the regular role of Ira, cousin of Paul Reiser's Paul Buchman on the hit TV sitcom "Mad About You" (NBC, 1993-99). After leaving his native Chicago in the late 1970s ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1957 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Episodes 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucifer 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Putzel 2012 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Morning Glory 2010 (Movie)

Lenny Bergman (Actor)

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Bride Wars 2009 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 - 1999, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life As A House 2001 (Movie)

Bryan Burke (Actor)

Mad About You 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

Vince McBride (Actor)

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

Levine (Actor)

Mortal Thoughts 1991 (Movie)

Arthur Kellogg (Actor)

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Year of the Gun 1991 (Movie)

Italo Bianchi (Actor)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

Geoffrey Fisher (Actor)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

Chuck Dietz (Actor)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

Kovacs (Actor)

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

Fred Melrose (Actor)

To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 (Movie)

John Vukovich (Actor)

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunger 1983 (Movie)

1st Phone Booth Youth (Actor)

The Chosen 1980 (Movie)

Bullie (Actor)

First Steps (TV Show)

Actor

Life on the Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor
Art Department (2)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

property assistant (Assistant Props)

Biography

This experienced stage and screen actor played the regular role of Ira, cousin of Paul Reiser's Paul Buchman on the hit TV sitcom "Mad About You" (NBC, 1993-99). After leaving his native Chicago in the late 1970s, Pankow worked steadily, beginning on the New York stage with "The Slab Boys" (1979), an off-Broadway production that also featured Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He appeared on Broadway in the title role of "Amadeus" (1980-81), and in several other theatrical productions. He made his feature film debut in "The Chosen" (1981) and later landed a featured role in William Friedkin's cynical thriller "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985), as a Secret Service agent drawn into an increasingly nightmarish situation. A succession of supporting film roles followed including Herbert Ross' "The Secret of My Success" (1987) and Oliver Stone's "Talk Radio" (1988). Pankow delivered a fine turn as Jennifer Aniston's stuffy boyfriend in "The Object of My Affection" (1998).

Relationships

Sibling
has seven other

Wayne Pankow

Father

Marion Pankow

Mother

Eleanore Pankow

Daughter
born c. 1991

James Pankow

Brother
born on August 20, 1947 plays trumpet with the band 'Chicago'

Kristine Sutherland

Wife
married in 1985

EDUCATION

St Nicholas Theatre

Chicago, Illinois
studied Sanford Meisner acting technique

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois
dropped out before junior year

Milestones

2001

Acted in the New York Shakespeare Festival staging of "Measure for Measure" in Central Park (June-July)

1998

Played Jennifer Aniston's boyfriend in "The Object of My Affection"

1997

Appeared Off-Broadway in Peter Hedges' comedy "Baby Anger" (summer)

1985

Played featured role in "To Live and Die in L.A."

1981

Feature film debut, "The Chosen"

1980

TV debut in dramatic special, "Life on the Mississippi"

1980

Cast in the Off-Broadway production, "The Slab Boys" which also featured Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon

1980

Starred on Broadway as Mozart in "Amadeus"

1978

Stage debut, "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in NYC

Played Danny Martin on the NBC daytime drama "The Doctors"

Appeared in the recurring role of Paul's cousin Ira in the NBC sitcom "Mad About You"; character made a series regular beginning with the 1993-94 season

Primetime TV series debut as regular, playing Ron Luchesse on "The Days and Night of Molly Dodd" (Lifetime), starring Blair Brown

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