Stuart Pankin

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Stuart Pankin
Born (1946-04-08) April 8, 1946 (age 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)
Joy Pankin (m. 1974)
Children1

Stuart Pankin (born April 8, 1946) is an American actor, who is best known for his role as the voice of Earl Sinclair in Dinosaurs. He is also known for playing anchor Bob Charles in Not Necessarily the News, and Orthodox Jew Ben Heineman in Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as making many guest appearances in many television shows and for lending his voice to various animated shows and films. Among his approximately three dozen films was Hollywood Knights, and he starred in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and its sequels, as Commander Plank. He also appeared in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and Arachnophobia and as Jimmy in Fatal Attraction.

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]

Career[edit]

Early in his career, Pankin frequently performed at St. Vincent Summer Theatre and still returns to perform there often.[2] He was also anchor Bob Charles on HBO's Not Necessarily the News, as well for playing Earl Sinclair in the TV sitcom Dinosaurs and the father on the short-lived sitcom Nearly Departed.[3] Pankin played an Orthodox Jew in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Pankin has made many guest appearances and lent his voice to animated shows. He also appeared in numerous TV commercials.

One of Pankin's earliest film appearances was as asthmatic musician/magician Dudley Laywicker in Hollywood Knights. Among his approximately three dozen film appearances, he starred in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Zenon: The Zequel, and Zenon: Z3 as Commander Plank. He 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 has been a spokesman in infomercials, including for the WalkFit Phase 4 Orthotics shoe insert.[citation needed]

Although Pankin is 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 appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on January 24, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Pankin has been married to actress Joy Pankin since 1974;[1][2] together they have a son, Andy Pankin.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village Man at Party
1979 Scavenger Hunt Duane
1980 The Hollywood Knights Dudley Laywicker
Hangar 18 Sam Tate
1981 Earthbound Sweeney
An Eye for an Eye Nicky LaBelle
1984 Irreconcilable Differences Ronnie
1985 The Dirt Bike Kid Mr. Hodgkins
1987 Fatal Attraction Jimmy
1988 Love at Stake Judge Samuel John
1989 Second Sight Preston Pickett
1990 Arachnophobia Sheriff Lloyd Parsons
1991 Mannequin Two: On the Move Mr. James
Life Stinks Pritchard
1994 The Silence of the Hams Pete Putrid
Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Brother Timothy
I Love Trouble Society Photographer
Beanstalk The Giant
1995 Congo Boyd
1996 Big Bully Gerry
Napoleon Perenti Lizard, Father Penguin (voices)
Striptease Alan Mordecai
1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Gordon Szalinski Direct-to-video
1999 Encounter in the Third Dimension The Professor, M.A.X. (voices)
2000 Aladdin and the Adventures of All Time King Henry VIII (voice; singing voice) Direct-to-video
2001 D4G Stuart Dofman
2002 Now You Know Mr. Victim
2003 Misadventures in 3D The Professor, M.A.X. (voices)
2007 An Accidental Christmas Saul
2008 A Woman in the West Doctor Sedgewick Short film
Public Interest Charles Waterford
2009 Dude, Where's My Bar? Moe Green Short film
2011 Hopelessly In June Francaise Flowers
The Artist Director #1
2014 Conjuring Orson Eli Klein Short film
Fat Zombie Dr. Alastair Kruger Short film
2015 The Blinding Dr. Plank
2017 I Might Be Famous Pat Wonders
2017 Anywhere, U.S.A. Frank Hanson Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Free to Be... You & Me Man in the maternity ward TV movie
1977 The San Pedro Bums Stuf TV movie
The San Pedro Beach Bums Stuf 10 episodes
1978, 1980 Barney Miller Alex Fleischer / Anthony Moreau 2 episodes
1979, 1980 B.J. and the Bear Harvey Krepler, Mushroom 2 episodes
1981 House Calls Huggins 1 episode
CHiPs Louis 2 episodes
Benson The Plumber 1 episode
1982 No Soap, Radio Tuttle 5 episodes
Strike Force Unknown role 1 episode
The Powers of Matthew Star Bill Chambers 1 episode
1982, 1983, 1985 Trapper John, M.D. Unknown role 3 episodes
1982–1984 Matt Houston Farley Ward, Minister 2 episodes
1982–1985 Trapper John, M.D. August Havermeyer 3 episodes
1983–1990 Not Necessarily the News Bob Charles 46 episodes
1984, 1987 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown role 2 episodes
1985 Fame Harry Burke 1 episode
Three's a Crowd Alex Cummings 1 episode
It's a Living Jerry Wilson 1 episode
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Teller in red jacket 1 episode
1985, 1987, 1991 Night Court Mr. Shoope, Doctor Adelman, Dr. Charles Melnick 3 episodes
1986–1991 The $10,000 Pyramid Himself 45 episodes
1986 The Golden Girls Jacques De Courville 1 episode
1986 Bamboozle Himself
1987 Family Ties Marv 1 episode
The New Hollywood Squares Himself 3 episodes
Second Chance Teacher 1 episode
1987–1988 Super Password Himself 20 episodes
1988, 1989 Hooperman The Devil, Clyde 2 episodes
1988 Who's the Baby Himself TV movie
1988 The 9th Annual CableACE Awards Himself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards
1989 Nearly Departed Mike Dooley 6 episodes
Who's the Boss? Doug Shaffer 1 episode
Falcon Crest Jace Sampson 8 episodes
1989, 1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show Lucas Death, Garry's Brain 2 episodes
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Earl Sinclair (voice) 65 episodes
1991 Knots Landing Benny Appleman 9 episodes
Charlie Hoover Ed 1 episode
Shannon's Deal Ted McCarthy 1 episode
The Chuck Woolery Show Himself 1 episode
Darkwing Duck Additional voices Unknown episodes
1992 Whoops! Santa Claus 1 episode
1993 Animaniacs Ed (voice) 1 episode
The Commish Mike Amador 1 episode
Family Matters Honest Bob 1 episode
Bonkers Mammoth Mammoth, Pops Klock (voices) 3 episodes
Class of '96 Barry 1 episode
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Condiment King (voice) 1 episode
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters Clancy, News Anchor (voices) 1 episode
Aladdin Sultan Pasta Al-Dente (voice) 3 episodes
Father and Scout Aaron TV movie
1995 Sisters Junior 1 episode
What-a-Mess Additional voices Unknown episodes
Down, Out & Dangerous Calvin Burrows TV Movie
University Hospital Arnie Nicholson 1 episode
1996–1997 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Kurt Fust 22 episodes
1996 Bone Chillers Mr. Batrachian 1 episode
Deadly Games Dr. Jerry Abernathy 1 episode
Duckman Additional voices 1 episode
The Mask: Animated Series Stinger/Buzz Stingman (voice) 2 episodes
1996–1997 Life with Louie Flanngan (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Quack Pack Additional voices 1 episode
Cow and Chicken Chicken Walla, Mailman (voices) 1 episode
The Angry Beavers Distructo, Mailman (voices) 1 episode
1998 Ally McBeal Mr. Handy 1 episode
Like Father, Like Santa Snipes TV movie
Babylon 5: The River of Souls James Riley TV movie
1998–1999 Hercules: The Animated Series Additional voices 3 episodes
1998–2001 Dharma & Greg Mr. Gottlieb, Rabbi Mutchnik 3 episodes
1999–2001 For Your Love Mr. Gerard 5 episodes
1999 Suddenly Susan Andy Bevins 1 episode
The Brothers Flub Additional voices 1 episode
Batman Beyond Key Negotiator (voice) 1 episode
Mad About You Mr. Brodsky 1 episode
Superman: The Animated Series Doctor Cardy (voice) 1 episode
Uncle Gus in: For the Love of Monkeys Uncle Gus (voice) TV short
Walker, Texas Ranger Stanley Chamberlain 1 episode
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Commander Edward Plank TV Movie
2000 Phase 4 Himself TV Movie
Action Bill Rothstein 1 episode
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Doctor 1 episode
Godzilla: The Series Milo Sanders (voice) 1 episode
Chasing Destiny Mike Ditlow TV movie
The Zeta Project Dr. Donald Tannor (voice) 2 episodes
The Hughleys Santa 1 episode
Zenon: The Zequel Commander Edward Plank TV movie
2002 As Told by Ginger Mr. Bowers (voice) 1 episode
2003–2004 That's So Raven Mr. Grozowtski 3 episodes
2004 Higglytown Heroes Bus Driver Hero (voice) 1 episode
Walk Fit Himself TV movie
Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls Noah TV movie
Zenon: Z3 Commander Edward Plank TV movie
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Additional voices 1 episode
Curb Your Enthusiasm Ben Heineman 2 episodes
I Love the 80's 3-D Himself Documentary
2006 Boston Legal Judge Gilbert Potts 1 episode
Wagtail Himself
2007 On the Lot Himself Unknown episodes
State of Mind Dr. Shapiro 1 episode
2008 The Suite Life on Deck Simms 1 episode
2009 Splatter Dr. Bellows 1 episode
2011 Shake It Up! Santa 1 episode
2012 A Christmas Wedding Date Santa Sam TV movie
Desperate Housewives Patrick 1 episode
2013 All I Want for Christmas Lewis TV movie
2014 Q N' A with Mikki and Shay Himself 1 episode
2015 Girl Meets World Principal Yancy 1 episode
The Biz Saul TV short
You'll Be Fine Dave 1 episode
2016 Underachievers Principal Yancy TV short
2018 See Ya Morris 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Lands of Lore III Finch Josiah, The Noble

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
1971 Mary Stuart Sheriff of Northampton
1972 Narrow Road to the Deep North One of the Peasants, Soldiers, Tribesmen
Twelfth Night Priest
The Crucible Hopkins
1975 The Glorious Age Performer

Radio/Podcast[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself/Guest
2017 Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast Himself/Guest

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stuart Pankin Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
  3. ^ Stuart Pankin on IMDb

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