Pinchot in 2012
|Born||Bronson Alcott Pinchot
May 20, 1959
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Bronson Alcott Pinchot (born May 20, 1959) is an American actor who played Balki Bartokomous in the ABC sitcom, Perfect Strangers (1986–93). In 2012, he starred in his own reality series, The Bronson Pinchot Project on the DIY Network. He also starred in feature films, such as Risky Business (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), True Romance (1993), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), It's My Party (1996), Courage Under Fire (1996) and The First Wives Club (1996), as well as on television in roles such as classic comic book villain The Prankster on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. In 2010 and 2011, AudioFile magazine recognized him as Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for his renderings of Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965), Karl Marlantes's Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (2009) and David Vann's Caribou Island (2011).
Pinchot was born in Manhattan, the son of Rosina (née Asta), a typist, and Henry (originally Poncharavsky), a bookbinder. His mother was Italian American, and his father, who was of Russian descent, was born in New York and raised in Paris. He was raised in Southern California, where he graduated from South Pasadena High School at the top of his class and was appointed valedictorian. He earned a full scholarship to Yale University, where he was placed in Morse College. He graduated magna cum laude. Pinchot began his Yale career in fine art, but after he was cast in a college play, a casting director discovered him, which resulted in his film debut, Risky Business.
Pinchot appeared in several feature films, such as Risky Business, Beverly Hills Cop, The First Wives Club, True Romance, Courage Under Fire and It's My Party. According to Fisher Stevens, Pinchot was hired to play Stevens' character Ben Jabituya in the 1986 film Short Circuit at one point, but was fired. His first appearance as an ongoing character on a network television series was on the short-lived 1985 NBC sitcom Sara, starring Geena Davis, in which he played openly gay Dennis Kemper. Pinchot is probably best known for his role in the ABC family sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986–1993) as Balki Bartokomous from the (fictional) Greek-like island of Mypos.
In 2008, Pinchot published his novel The Learners in audio editions, author Chip Kidd's followup to The Cheese Monkeys. He also voiced Max, the fully restored Black 1964 VW Beetle, in the 2009 Volkswagen "Das Auto" campaign. In 2009 and 2014, Pinchot narrated over 100 audiobooks—for which he won a number of awards. In 2010, Pinchot read the audio version of the novels Matterhorn and Blood Oath. For the Blackstone Audio collection Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories, Pinchot also provided a reading of several stories, as well as Highsmith's memorably creepy novel Strangers on a Train. He was chosen by Audible.com as their 2010 Narrator of the Year. On February 12, 2012, Pinchot starred in a home restoration show on DIY Network based on his hobby of restoring old homes using salvaged materials, The Bronson Pinchot Project.
|1984||Beverly Hills Cop||Serge|
|1984||The Flamingo Kid||Alfred Schultz|
|1992||Blame It on the Bellboy||Bellboy|
|1993||True Romance||Elliot Blitzer|
|1993||The Jungle Creature: Hugo||Hugo (voice)||English version|
|1994||Beverly Hills Cop III||Serge|
|1995||Napoleon||Birdo (voice)||English version|
|1996||It's My Party||Monty Tipton|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Bruno|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Duarto Feliz|
|1996||Jungledyret 2 - den store filmhelt||Hugo (voice)||English version|
|1997||Babes in Toyland||Rodrigo||Voice|
|1998||Slappy and the Stinkers||Roy|
|1998||Quest for Camelot||Griffin||Voice|
|1998||Beach Movie||Ronald||AKA: Boardheads|
|1999||Out of the Cold||Max Kaplan|
|1999||The All-New Adventures of Laurel and Hardy: For Love or Mummy||Stanley|
|2002||Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control||Devon Sharpe|
|2003||Straight No Chaser||Josh Peters||Short|
|2004||Second Best||Doc Klingenstein|
|2005||Diamond Zero||Bergerac De La Houssey||AKA: IceMaker|
|2007||The Wager||Colin Buchanan|
|2007||Mr. Art Critic||M.J. Clayton|
|2008||From a Place of Darkness||Carl|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Town Crier||Voice|
|2009||Hooking Up||Mr. Kimbal||Voice|
|2009||Good Clean Fun||Dean Vernon|
|2010||Pure Country 2: The Gift||Joseph|
|2011||You and I||Torrino|
|2012||Virgin Alexander||Bim Norse|
|2013||Kung-Fu and Titties||The Beaver|
|TBA||The Strike||Carlo Lombardi||Post-production|
|1985||Sara||Dennis Kenper||13 episodes|
|1985||George Burns Comedy Week||N/A||Episode: The Couch|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Director||Episode: Mummy Daddy|
|1986||Dave Thomas: The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood||Charles Dickens||Movie|
|1986||Between Two Women||Photographer||Movie|
|1986–93||Perfect Strangers||Balki Bartokomous / Mama||151 episodes|
|1990||The Great American Sex Scandal||Sanford Lagelfost / Jorge Jimenez / Arthur Lloyd / Magda||Movie|
|1992||Eek! the Cat||Additional Voices|
|1993||The Trouble with Larry||Larry Burton||7 episodes|
|1994–95||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Kyle Griffin / The Prankster||2 episodes|
|1995||The Langoliers||Craig Toomey||2 episodes|
|1995||Dumb and Dumber||Dymbster (voice)||2 episodes|
|1995||The Adventures of Hyperman||Valerie Knockisblokov (voice)||Episode: Cosmo Not/The Brain Game|
|1996||High Society||Arthur Zipkin||Episode: Nip and Tuck|
|1996||Duckman||Dr. Henri Ducharme (voice)||Episode: A Room with a Bellevue|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Roy Albright||Episode: Ab-dick-ted|
|1996||Bruno the Kid||General Armando Castrato (voice)||36 episodes|
|1996||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||The Man / The Dog (voice)||Episode: Work|
|1996||Clueless||Mr. Pomormo - Substitute Teacher / Ka-feen||2 episodes|
|1996–97||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Dietrich Duchump / Deitrich Dunlap (voices)||3 episodes|
|1997||High Incident||Matt Shukat||Episode: Show Me the Money|
|1997||The Angry Beavers||Truman / Brat (voices)||Episode: House Broken/Stinky Toe|
|1997||I Am Weasel||Oscar / Guard / Old Wardrobe Man (voices)||Voice
Episode: I Are Big Star
|1997||Step by Step||Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux / Black Bart||24 episodes|
|1997||Merry Christmas, George Bailey||Mr. Carter||Movie|
|1997; 2000||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Killer Whale / Reindeer / Sonny the Toad (voices)||2 episodes|
|1998||Hey Arnold!||Ronnie Matthews / Director / Chauffeur (voices)||2 episodes|
|1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Franz Fensterkopf (voices)||2 episodes|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Shakey / Science (voices)||Episode: Haunted Moon|
|2002||Breaking News||Phillip||Episode: Spin Art|
|2003||All Grown Up!||Pepe (voice)||Episode: Chuckie's in Love|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. Greg Ross||Episode: Beast|
|2007||Six Degrees||Thomas Johnson||Ray's Back|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Henry Carlisle||Episode: Alternate|
|2008||The Young and the Restless||Patrick Dalton||6 episodes|
|2010||Chuck||N/A||Episode: Chuck Versus the Suitcase|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||Bastille||Episode: Mana'o|
|2011||The Problem Solverz||AI||Voice
|2011||Shake It Up||Kashlack Hessenheffer||Episode: Vatalihootsit It Up|
|2012–13||The Bronson Pinchot Project||Host||20 episodes|
|2014||NCIS||George Burton||Episode: Parental Guidance Suggested|
|2015||The Mysteries of Laura||Head Chef J.T. Thompson||Episode: The Mystery of the Frozen Foodie|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Flip Brightman||Episode: The Kalamazoo|
|1996||Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie||General Armando Costrato||Voice|
|2001||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Francois||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|1987||Primetime Emmy Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Perfect Strangers||Nominated|
|1996||National Board of Review||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast||The First Wives Club||Won|
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- "Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories". Blackstone Audio, Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2012. Pinchot has also recently narrated a children's series- The Hero's Guide series, by Christopher Healy. Again, Pinchot does many eastern European accents, including English, Irish, Scottish, and German (I think
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