Bronson Pinchot

Bronson Pinchot


5/20/1959, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Bronson Alcott Pinchot


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Bronson Pinchot is an American actor who was born on May 20, 1959, in New York City. When Bronson began his acting career, he auditioned for several roles on Broadway, but the actor refused to perform while using an accent. Ironically, his ability to do accents is what…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bronson played the sinister role of a child murderer in the Stephen King movie The Langoliers in 1995.

    • Bronson broke down in tears during an emotional confrontation with Janice Dickinson on the reality VH1 show The Surreal Life. She described a horrible childhood of abuse and incest, to which Bronson responded in sobs and hugs for her pain.

    • Bronson cuts himself off from all of his friends and outside contacts when he performs on stage, to spend time with the character only.

    • Bronson would do an hour of weight training followed by an hour of gymnastics before every episode of Perfect Strangers, so that he could easily perform the physical comedy.

    • Bronson is addicted to coffee, but will only drink it from his machine. If he has to have a cup elsewhere, he takes a black espresso, and the cream and sugar on the side, to create it himself.

    • Bronson is an accomplished singer, he started practicing when he received a phone call from Mike Ockrent, the director of the stage production of Big. The part required a hefty dose of singing, sparking an interest in mastering the talent.

    • Bronson follows a 16-hour mourning period when he loses out on a role. He used to stew on it for days at a time, but as he ages, his process does wind down.

    • Bronson's father was a deeply unhappy man, and he made sure that he made Bronson's life miserable as well. He describes him as a man that existed on pure charm, and that pretended to be things that he was not.

    • Bronson appeared in Beverly Hills Cop as Serge, an associate art dealer, in 1984.

    • Bronson was seen by a csting director on stage in a play, and made his film debut in 1983, playing Joel's (Tom Cruise) Poker playing buddy in Risky Business.

    • Bronson performed opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Eric Stolz, and Peter Scolari in the revival of Broadway's Sly Fox 2004.

    • Bronson became a 3rd degree freemason in December 2002.

    • Bronson played the nephew of legendary Stan Laurel, half of the comedy duo 'Laurel and Hardy' in 1999's The All-New Adventures of Laurel and Hardy: For Love or Mummy. The movie skipped a theatre premiere, and went straight to video.

    • Bronson guest starred in a first season episode of the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun in 1996, as the younger brother of Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtain).

    • Bronson sustained moderate injuries while playing the role of a flying alien on the set of the CBS sci-fi comedy Meego. The harness he was strapped into broke open, leaving him to crash to the floor.

    • Bronson replaced actor Sasha Mitchell on the ABC sitcom Step by Step in 1996.

    • Bronson was nominated for an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series' in 1987, for his role as Balki Bartokomous, on Perfect Strangers.

    • Bronson has a twin brother named Justin.

    • Bronson was born in New York but was raised in California.

    • He organized the 1975 International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc. Winkie Convention.

    • While in South Pasadena High School in 1977, he was involved in French, Theater, and Choir. After gradutaing high school, he attended Yale University on a full scholarship. His course of study began with painting, but switched over to acting when he became interested.

    • He became a member of the Harford, PA Masonic Lodge #445 in December 2002.

    • As of 2006, he is dating Amy Heckerling.

    • The accent he used on screen on the TV shows Perfect Strangers and Step By Step wasn't actually his real accent.

  • Quotes

    • Bronson: Almost every actor has the same life story. There's always at least one bad parent and a lot of deprivation. all the happy, adjusted people don't become actors. They become social workers.

    • Bronson: Everytime I do a role, it's the same thing. It's me telling my life story through somebody else's material.

  • Strangely enouh, an excellent actor who didn't get a "serious" break

    Obviously, everyone identifies Pinchot with Perfect Strangers. And that's all well and good, BUT a) it doesn't get you points on the "serious acting" resume and b) this was further accented by his role in "Second Sight", where he plaid a loony psychic.

    But the thing is, the guy is GOOD. He was the only thing really really decent in Stephen King's otherwise disastrous Langoliers (1995). More recently, he has been a Broadway stage performer of fine caliber, getting rave (serious) reviews.

    So what's wrong with this picture?

    Well, I'm really not sure whether it's his choices, his agent or simply that no one has trusted the man enough to carry the ball, but he never made "that" move in becoming a recognised believable TV/movie actor (entries like "Kung Fu and Titties" (2012) don't help).

    He is now immersed in his house restoration reality show "The Bronson Pinchot Project", the "Perfect Strangers" homage Flash video game is a hit and there are talks of wanting to do a PS reunion, so it's not all that bad for him... Still, one has to wonder (and regret) that his potential has never been used properly.moreless
  • Underrated actor most notable for his portrayal as Balki on the ABC sitcom - Perfect Strangers.

    I’m slightly embarrassed to declare it but Bronson Pinchot was one of my countless childhood crushes of the 90s. It was just something impressive about the cool and caring Balki that caught my eye.

    Bronson Pinchot has revealed himself as a talented actor having appeared in several projects, but most notably as the infinitely optimistic Balki in the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers and the chic Serge in the Beverly Hills Cop movies.

    Oddly enough, after Perfect Strangers slipped away, so did Bronson Pinchot. News on this actor has been ho hum if any at all. It’s unfortunate that we don’t see more of this actor, I’m confident that anything Bronson touches is bound to be a success.