Bronson Pinchot was born in New York City, NY on May 20th 1959. At the age of 2 he moved with his parents and 3 siblings to South Pasadena, where he was raised by his mother, after his father left the family. Despite the many hardships of growing up poor and with an absent father, Bronson concentrated in his academic work. As an A student, he earned scholarships to various universities, from which he eventually chose Yale. His primary interest was painting, but soon after his arrival he chose to study acting instead.
His first more noticeable work as an actor was in the Broadway production of “Poor Little Lambs” in 1982, in which he starred alongside Kevin Bacon.
His career in movies began with Risky Business, playing Barry, one of Tom Cruise’s friends. In 1984 he created the role of Serge in Beverly Hills Cop, with his incredible scene stealing accent and manneirisms. In 1985 he was given a supporting role in the sitcom “Sara”, in which he played a homossexual lawyer. The series was short-lived, but soon after, the producers of “Perfect Strangers” (1986–1993) started developing the new series with Bronson. For nearly 7 years, he played the character of Balki Bartokomous from the (fictional) island of Mypos. Like his character in “Beverly Hills Cop”, Balki had a humorous foreign accent. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1987 for this role.
In August 1993, just weeks after the last new episodes of Perfect Strangers aired on ABC, Pinchot returned to prime-time network television as the star of the CBS sitcom “The Trouble With Larry”. Co-starring Perry King, Shanna Reed, and Courteney Cox, the show was canceled after just three weeks. Pinchot joined the cast of the ABC sitcom “Step by Step” in 1996, and remained on the show for a season, as the character Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux. Pinchot then starred in the short-lived 1997 science fiction comedy Meego, which aired on CBS. He also guest-starred in a first-season (1996) episode of the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, playing the younger brother of Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin).
In 1999, Pinchot and Gailard Sartain played the nephews of the legendary Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, respectively, in the movie “The All-New Adventures of Laurel and Hardy: For Love or Mummy” (1999). Although the film, which co-starred Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, was denied a theatrical release and premiered on video, Pinchot was praised for his deft impersonation of Stan Laurel. Other roles in films include “True Romance”, “Courage Under Fire”, “It’s My Party” and “First Wives Club”.
Bronson played “The Narrator” in the 1999-2000 production of the Sondheim musical revue “Putting it Together”. In the following years he appeared in many plays, such as “The Winter’s Tale”, “Henry V”, “Chasing Nicolette”, “Stones in His Pockets”, “Sly Fox” and more recently, in the first season of Lisa Loomer’s play, “Distracted”(2007).
Pinchot was a cast member on the fifth season of the VH1 series The Surreal Life, which premiered July 2005.
His last works include a guest starring role in 5 episodes of the soap opera “The Young and The Restless”, a guest appearance in the premiere episode of the 9th season of “Law & Order: SVU”, a starring role in the indie film “Mr. Art Crtic” and the reading of 28 (as of August 2010) audiobooks, including The Learners, Alexander the Great and Bowl of Cherries, all produced by Blackstone Audio.
Bronson is scheduled to appear as a guest star in an episode of the series “Chuck” which will air on September 27th 2010.