Stage-trained Stuart Pankin began appearing in NYC productions of Shakespeare after receiving his undergraduate degree in 1968. He subsequently appeared in productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival and was a company member at the Vivian Beaumont in 1972. After relocating to the West Coast, Pankin began a career in TV as a supporting player on a number of short-lived series, including "The San Pedro Beach Bums" (ABC, 1977) and "No Soap, Radio" (ABC, 1982), before landing a starring berth on the HBO satirical comedy "Not Necessarily the News" (1983-88). As reporter Bob Charles, Pankin was hilarious in various skits, particularly specializing in slow burns. He also voiced Earl Sinclair, the father, on the ABC sitcom "Dinosaurs" (1991-94). Pankin made his feature film debut in "Scavenger Hunt" (1979) and followed with other comic fare ("The Hollywood Knights" 1980; "Dirt Bike Kid" 1986; "Love at Stake" 1987), mixed with the occasional prestige picture ("Fatal Attraction" 1987; "Arachnophobia" 1990).
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
NY stage acting debut in off-Broadway production of "The War of the Roses"
TV acting debut in pilot for ABC series "The San Pedro Beach Bums"; subsequently co-starred in regular role of Anthony 'Stuff' Danelli
Feature debut "Scavenger Hunt"
Played recurring role of Benny Appleman on CBS primetime sudser "Knots Landing"
Featured in the short-lived ABC series "No Soap, Radio"
Starred as reporter Bob Charles on HBO's comedy series "Not Necessarily the News"
TV producing debut on eponymously titled Cinemax comedy special
Starred with Eric Idle in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Nearly Departed"