John Pankow

Active - 1980 - 2020  |   Born - Apr 28, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Drama

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  • Raised outside of Chicago as the sixth of nine children, including older brother James, a founding member of the band Chicago.
  • Left college in his junior year after seeing David Mamet's play, The American Buffalo, which inspired Pankow to enroll in the two-year training program at Chicago's St. Nicholas Theater.
  • Performed on Broadway (in his first stint) in Serious Money, The Iceman Cometh and as Mozart in Amadeus.
  • Appeared in a numerous films of the late 1980s-early '90s, including To Live and Die in L.A., Talk Radio and Mortal Thoughts.
  • Most recognized for his role as Ira Buchman, cousin of Paul Reiser's character, on the '90s NBC sitcom Mad About You.
  • Returned to Broadway in the 2000s, performing in Twelve Angry Men, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Cymbeline
  • Took over the role of Merc Lapidus (from Thomas Haden Church) in 2011 on the Showtime/BBC show Episodes.