John Pankow

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John Pankow
Born (1957-04-28) April 28, 1957 (age 59)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kristine Sutherland
(1986–present; 1 child)

John Pankow (born April 28, 1957) is an American actor. He is a series regular on the Showtime/BBC series "Episodes", playing Merc Lapidus, the volatile former head of a major U.S. television network.

Early life[edit]

Pankow was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the younger brother of trombonist/composer James Pankow, a founding member of the legendary rock group Chicago. Pankow grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, and attended Maine South High School and Northeastern Illinois University. He is from a Catholic family of German and Irish descent.[1]


Pankow, a veteran actor of stage, film and television, appeared for seven seasons as Ira Buchman on the NBC sitcom Mad About You.

Pankow is a series regular on the Showtime/BBC series Episodes playing American television executive Merc Lapidus.

He played federal agent John Vukovich opposite William Petersen and Willem Dafoe in To Live and Die in L.A..

Personal life[edit]

Pankow has been married to actress Kristine Sutherland (best known for playing Buffy's mother Joyce Summers on the WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer) since 1985.


New York stage[edit]

Television series[edit]


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