Gangly, sweet-faced actor Bronson Pinchot was born in New York and raised in California, then returned to the East Coast to study at the Yale School of Drama. The common misconception is that Pinchot sprang fully grown as a comedian with his performance as an effete, bizarrely accented art gallery assistant in Beverly Hills Cop (1984). Actually he'd been in films since 1982, including Risky Business, but his Cop appearance was his breakthrough role, and was instrumental in his receiving the starring assignment of Balki Bartokomous ("Doan be reedeeculus!"), ingenuous immigrant from the mythical country of Mypos, in the popular TV sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986). Pinchot and his co-star, Mark-Linn Baker, worked together as though they'd been a team for years. In fact, they did have something in common: Both had appeared in Woody Allen films, and both had had their scenes cut before release. Since the cancellation of Perfect Strangers, Bronson Pinchot has appeared in important feature-film roles, generally amusing in nature; he was far less funny as the megalomaniac villain of the 1995 Stephen King TV miniseries The Langoliers. He appeared in Courage Under Fire, Slappy and the Stinkers, and Boardheads. In the 21st century he could be seen in Second Best, Icemaker, Cluster, and Pure Country 2: The Gift. He also found stead work in animated film lending his vocal talent to projects like Babes in Toyland, Quest for Camelot, and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Made film debut alongside Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
- Stole scenes from Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop as Serge, a role he reprised in Beverly Hills Cop II.
- Cast as Balki in ABC's hit sitcom Perfect Strangers alongside Mark Linn-Baker, largely due to his well-received cameo in Beverly Hills Cop.
- Lived with film director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High).
- Resides in rural Harford, PA, where he is renovating an historic farmhouse.