Stuart Pankin

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Stuart Pankin
Born (1946-04-08) April 8, 1946 (age 69)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present

Stuart Pankin (born April 8, 1946) is an American film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Pankin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Dickinson College, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Columbia University.[1]


Early in his career, Pankin frequently performed at St. Vincent Summer Theatre and still returns to perform there often.[2] One of Pankin's earliest film appearances was as asthmatic musician/magician Dudley Laywicker in Hollywood Knights. Pankin was also anchor Bob Charles on HBO's Not Necessarily the News, played Earl Sinclair in the TV sitcom Dinosaurs and the father on the short-lived sitcom Nearly Departed.[3] Pankin has also appeared in numerous TV commercials.[citation needed]

Pankin played an Orthodox Jew in Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has also starred in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Zenon: The Zequel, and Zenon: Z3 as Commander Plank. Pankin also appeared in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, as the brother of Wayne Szalinski, and also co-starred as a bossy, self-important lawman in the horror/comedy Arachnophobia.

More recently, Pankin also appeared as an absent-minded professor in a series of edutainment 3D films (Encounter in the Third Dimension and Misadventures in 3D), designed for large-screen IMAX theaters. He is currently a spokesman in infomercials for the WalkFit Phase 4 Orthotics shoe insert.[citation needed]

Although Pankin is well known for comedy roles and game show appearances (e.g., The $100,000 Pyramid), he has sometimes also taken dramatic roles, such as Michael Douglas's character's friend Jimmy, who attempts to hit on Glenn Close's character in Adrian Lyne's hit thriller Fatal Attraction.

Pankin also hosts several late-night infomercials.

Personal life[edit]

Pankin has been married to his wife, actress Joy Pankin, since 1974; together they have one son, Andy Pankin.


TV series[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Cable Ace Award 1 Win (1987), 5 Nominations (1989, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1983)
  • Electronic Retail Association (ERA) Best Celebrity Presenter (2006)


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