Bronson Pinchot

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Bronson Pinchot
Bronson Pinchot 2012.jpg
Pinchot in 2012
Born Bronson Alcott Pinchot
(1959-05-20) May 20, 1959 (age 56)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present

Bronson Alcott Pinchot (born May 20, 1959) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Balki Bartokomous in the ABC sitcom, Perfect Strangers (1986–93).

He also appeared 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 series, such as The Prankster in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. In 2012, he starred in his own reality series, The Bronson Pinchot Project on the DIY Network.

Pinchot also worked extensively as an audiobook narrator, with over 100 recordings to his credit as of 2014.[1] AudioFile magazine recognized him as Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for his 2010 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).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pinchot was born in Manhattan.[3][4] His mother, Rosina (née Asta) was an Italian American and a typist, and his father, Henry (originally Poncharavsky) was of Russian descent and a bookbinder, who was born in New York and raised in Paris.[5][6][7] His younger brother, Justin is also an actor. 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 and 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.

In 1999, Pinchot spent a great deal of time in Harford, Pennsylvania, restoring the circa 1839 mansion of former Pennsylvania state Senator Edward Jones.[8] He purchased six properties in the small, rural town of 1,300[9] "in an effort to revive the town's 19th-century aesthetic".


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. Fisher Stevens asked Pinchot to play Ben Jabituya in the 1986 film Short Circuit, but Pinchot was fired.[10] He played openly gay Dennis Kemper in the 1985 short-lived NBC sitcom Sara[11] and Balki Bartokomous in the ABC sitcom, Perfect Strangers.

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.[12] In 2009 and 2014, Pinchot narrated over 100 audiobooks, in which he won a number of awards.[13] 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, including Highsmith's memorably creepy novel Strangers on a Train.[14] He was chosen by as their 2010 Narrator of the Year.[15] On February 12, 2012, Pinchot starred in a home restoration show on DIY Network The Bronson Pinchot Project. The program is based on his hobby of restoring old homes using salvaged materials.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Risky Business Barry
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Serge
1984 The Flamingo Kid Alfred Schultz
1985 Hot Resort Brad
1985 After Hours Lloyd
1989 Second Sight Bobby
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
2015 The Strike Carlo Lombardi
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Sara Dennis Kenper 13 episodes
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 ABC TGIF Balki
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 Meego Meego 13 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) 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 Episode: 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 Hawaii Five-0 Bastille Episode: Mana'o
2011 The Problem Solverz AI (voice) Episode: Videogamez
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 2 episodes
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Year Title Role Notes
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[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
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


  1. ^ VanderMeer, Jeff (2014). This Is the Best 5,453-Word Interview With Bronson Pinchot About Audiobooks You Will Ever Read, 22 July 2015; URL accessed 13 November 2015
  2. ^ "Narrator Profile: Bronson Pinchot". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Bronson Pinchot Biography". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Bronson Pinchot Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 
  5. ^ Brewster, Ted. "Harford's Bronson Pinchot". Susquehanna County Transcript (Susquehanna, PA). Retrieved March 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Perfect Strangers". 
  7. ^ Endelman, Michael. "We admit it: We love Bronson Pinchot". 
  8. ^ Brewster, Ted. "A Harford Work in Progress". Susquehanna County Transcript (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 30, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Harford, Pennsylvania PA, township profile (Susquehanna County)". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  10. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2009-08-19). "Fisher Stevens". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  11. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present, Eighth Edition, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-45542-8
  12. ^ Howard, Theresa (April 18, 2008). "Ad Track: Introducing Max the Love Bug". USA Today (New York, NY). Retrieved March 30, 2009. 
  13. ^ Jeff VanderMeer (July 22, 2014). "This Is the Best 5,453-Word Interview With Bronson Pinchot About Audiobooks You Will Ever Read". Vulture. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories". Blackstone Audio, Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  Pinchot recently narrated for Christopher Healy's children's series, The Hero's Guide. Again, Pinchot does many eastern European accents, including English, Irish, Scottish and German.
  15. ^ "Audible's Narrator of the Year". Bronson Pinchot. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ ""The Bronson Pinchot Project" shows actor’s renovation talents to DIY Network audience". 

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