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Also Known As: Bronson Alcott Pincot Died:
Born: May 20, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Comedic actor Bronson Pinchot first turned heads as a snobby art gallery worker of uncertain nationality and dubious sexual orientation opposite Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), before becoming a television staple as the lovable Balki on "Perfect Strangers" (ABC, 1986-1993). Prior to stardom, Pinchot's work in an off-Broadway show brought him to the attention of a casting agent on the Tom Cruise hit film "Risky Business" (1983). He followed his feature debut with a small, but scene-stealing turn in "Beverly Hills Cop" as the snarky, oddly-accented Serge. He developed a similar character - minus the attitude - with Balki, the bumpkin cousin from the fictional Mediterranean island of Mypos on the long-running sitcom "Perfect Strangers," alongside co-star Mark Linn-Baker. In the years that followed the end of his hit show, Pinchot made several unsuccessful attempts to land a new series, sporadically punctuated with supporting appearances in films such as "True Romance" (1993). Later, he would reemerge on the 2005 season of the reality show "The Surreal Life" (The WB, 2002-04/VH1, 2004-06), in which he showed himself to be far-removed from the sexually innocent Balki audiences had long...

Comedic actor Bronson Pinchot first turned heads as a snobby art gallery worker of uncertain nationality and dubious sexual orientation opposite Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), before becoming a television staple as the lovable Balki on "Perfect Strangers" (ABC, 1986-1993). Prior to stardom, Pinchot's work in an off-Broadway show brought him to the attention of a casting agent on the Tom Cruise hit film "Risky Business" (1983). He followed his feature debut with a small, but scene-stealing turn in "Beverly Hills Cop" as the snarky, oddly-accented Serge. He developed a similar character - minus the attitude - with Balki, the bumpkin cousin from the fictional Mediterranean island of Mypos on the long-running sitcom "Perfect Strangers," alongside co-star Mark Linn-Baker. In the years that followed the end of his hit show, Pinchot made several unsuccessful attempts to land a new series, sporadically punctuated with supporting appearances in films such as "True Romance" (1993). Later, he would reemerge on the 2005 season of the reality show "The Surreal Life" (The WB, 2002-04/VH1, 2004-06), in which he showed himself to be far-removed from the sexually innocent Balki audiences had long associated him with. Nonetheless, Pinchot's earlier body of comedic work earned him enough good will with fans that he continued to be a welcome presence in his many TV, film, and stage appearances.

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CAST: (feature film)

4.
 Second Best (2004) Doc Klingenstein
5.
 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2000) Voice Of Francois
6.
 Out of the Cold (1999) Max Kaplan
8.
 Quest for Camelot (1998) Voice Of Griffin
9.
10.
 Napoleon (1997) Voice Of Birdo; Voice Of Lucci
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in South Pasadena, California
1978:
Was member of acting company at Theater at Monmouth Company, Monmouth, Maine
1981:
Stage debut in the off-Broadway production "Poor Little Lambs"
1983:
Film debut, "Risky Business"
1985:
Breakthrough role as Serge in "Beverly Hills Cop"
1985:
Co-starred in short-lived NBC sitcom "Sara"
1986:
Played Balki Bartomous on ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers"
1989:
Co-starred in "Second Sight"
1990:
Played multiple roles in the comic TV-movie "Jury Duty: The Comedy" (ABC)
1990:
Made Broadway debut in "Zoya's Apartment"
1992:
Played title role in the feature "Blame It on the Bellboy"
1993:
Starred in short-lived CBS sitcom "The Trouble With Larry"
1994:
Returned as Serge in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
1995:
Starred in ABC miniseries "Stephen King's The Langoliers"
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Joined cast of ABC sitcom "Step by Step"
1997:
Starred in the CBS sitcom "Meego"
1998:
Cast as Stan Laurel in "Laurel and Hardy: For Love or Mummy"
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Made musical debut in the stage revue "Putting It Together"; production taped for airing as a pay-per-view special before being released on video
2000:
Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park staging of "The Winter's Tale"
2001:
Acted on the London stage in the two-character piece "Stones in His Pocket"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1981

Notes

"[My father] was an out-of-control, substance-abusing wife beater. To me, he was scarier than the boogeyman. He would show up high as a kite and try to break through the windows. He came home one Christmas, kicked the presents around the house like soccer balls and beat my mother with a telephone cord. [My mother] was interested in giving her kids more than the usual. She was like taking an arc light into a grimy garage. She made all the rats and creepy-crawler things run into the corners." --Pinchot in PEOPLE, June 20, 1994

Pinchot is a "beyond passionate" collector of Greek and Roman antiques.

"There are times when I just want to spent a week by myself. I'm going to pull a Charlie Chaplin and have kids when I'm 60."--Pinchot in PEOPLE, June 20, 1994

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Marcy Walker. Actor. Together c. 1984; engaged; no longer together.
companion:
Amy Heckerling. Director, screenwriter. Together since c. 1994; engaged in 1997; separated by fall 1997.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Henry Pinchot. Bookbinder. Left Pinchot's mother c. 1961.
mother:
Rosina Pinchot. Typist.

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