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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 18, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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This experienced stage and screen actor played the regular role of Ira, cousin of Paul Reiser's Paul Buchman on the hit TV sitcom "Mad About You" (NBC, 1993-99). After leaving his native Chicago in the late 1970s, Pankow worked steadily, beginning on the New York stage with "The Slab Boys" (1979), an off-Broadway production that also featured Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He appeared on Broadway in the title role of "Amadeus" (1980-81), and in several other theatrical productions. He made his feature film debut in "The Chosen" (1981) and later landed a featured role in William Friedkin's cynical thriller "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985), as a Secret Service agent drawn into an increasingly nightmarish situation. A succession of supporting film roles followed including Herbert Ross' "The Secret of My Success" (1987) and Oliver Stone's "Talk Radio" (1988). Pankow delivered a fine turn as Jennifer Aniston's stuffy boyfriend in "The Object of My Affection" (1998).

This experienced stage and screen actor played the regular role of Ira, cousin of Paul Reiser's Paul Buchman on the hit TV sitcom "Mad About You" (NBC, 1993-99). After leaving his native Chicago in the late 1970s, Pankow worked steadily, beginning on the New York stage with "The Slab Boys" (1979), an off-Broadway production that also featured Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He appeared on Broadway in the title role of "Amadeus" (1980-81), and in several other theatrical productions. He made his feature film debut in "The Chosen" (1981) and later landed a featured role in William Friedkin's cynical thriller "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985), as a Secret Service agent drawn into an increasingly nightmarish situation. A succession of supporting film roles followed including Herbert Ross' "The Secret of My Success" (1987) and Oliver Stone's "Talk Radio" (1988). Pankow delivered a fine turn as Jennifer Aniston's stuffy boyfriend in "The Object of My Affection" (1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Putzel (2012)
2.
 Extra Man, The (2010)
3.
 Morning Glory (2010)
4.
 Bride Wars (2009)
5.
 Life as a House (2001) Bryan Burke
6.
 Object of My Affection, The (1998) Vince Mcbride
7.
 Stranger Among Us, A (1992) Levine
8.
 Mortal Thoughts (1991) Arthur Kellogg
9.
 Year Of The Gun (1991) Italo Bianchi
10.
 Johnny Be Good (1988)
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1978:
Stage debut, "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in NYC
1980:
Cast in the Off-Broadway production, "The Slab Boys" which also featured Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon
1980:
Starred on Broadway as Mozart in "Amadeus"
1980:
TV debut in dramatic special, "Life on the Mississippi"
:
Played Danny Martin on the NBC daytime drama "The Doctors"
1981:
Feature film debut, "The Chosen"
1985:
Played featured role in "To Live and Die in L.A."
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Primetime TV series debut as regular, playing Ron Luchesse on "The Days and Night of Molly Dodd" (Lifetime), starring Blair Brown
:
Appeared in the recurring role of Paul's cousin Ira in the NBC sitcom "Mad About You"; character made a series regular beginning with the 1993-94 season
1997:
Appeared Off-Broadway in Peter Hedges' comedy "Baby Anger" (summer)
1998:
Played Jennifer Aniston's boyfriend in "The Object of My Affection"
2001:
Acted in the New York Shakespeare Festival staging of "Measure for Measure" in Central Park (June-July)
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Education

Northeastern Illinois University: Chicago , Illinois -
St Nicholas Theatre: Chicago , Illinois -

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wife:
Kristine Sutherland. Actor. Married in 1985.

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father:
Wayne Pankow. Advertising salesman in technical publishing.
mother:
Marion Pankow. Housewife.
brother:
James Pankow. Musician. Born on August 20, 1947; plays trumpet with the band 'Chicago'.
daughter:
Eleanore Pankow. Born c. 1991.
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