December 4, 2004
October 10, 2011
Claim to fame:
Portrayed the hilarious character Balki from the popular sitcom Perfect Strangers that ran from 1986 to 1993. Pinchot readily agrees that the tremendous success he achieved playing Balki Bartokomous was an amazing experience. Coming from a hard life that saw his abusive father leave his mother, and 2 other siblings when he was only 2 years at the time had strengthened his determination. With an encouraging and loving mother, he excelled academically and accepted a scholarship to Yale University.
After graduating with a major in acting, Pinchot landed his first feature film with 1983's Risky Business as Tom Cruise's sidekick. He is also known for his hilarious performance as an art gallery worker in the movie Beverly Hills Cop.
Where are they now?
After Perfect Strangers was cancelled following the 1993 season, Pinchot got romantically involved with producer- director Amy Heckerling (Clueless). The couple had engaged in 1997, but later separated and Pinchot is still single today.
In 1999, Pinchot started performing in musical theaters and fell in love with this new career. He occasionally does independent films, but plans to continue performing in musical theaters.