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I am Bronson Pinchot from Historic Architecture -- "The Bronson Pinchot Project on DIY" -- to the most obscure Balki trivia -- to anything else from the Langoliers to what have you. But please no questions about Rampart. (That is where I draw the line) (self.IAmA)
submitted 1 year ago by BronPinchot
Ask me anything!
http://imgur.com/qNj3t <--- Proof
[–]rhoswhen 79 points80 points81 points 1 year ago
Listen, Bronson- wait, may I call you "Bronson?"
I friggin' loved your show as a kid. I always wanted Balki to be my friend instead of Larry because I thought he was to mean to you, and living in Chicago made that possibility seem completely reasonable.
Anyway, thanks for making my childhood Friday nights tolerable before the introduction of booze in my life.
PS, I am going to preemptively say "hello" to you on behalf of all my gal pals who are not Redditors. We have fond memories of the show.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 74 points75 points76 points 1 year ago
I want first place again, let me nudge away booze. B
[–]castrovalva 164 points165 points166 points 1 year ago
Has it ever bothered you that despite Eddie Murphy being the star, your performance in 'Beverly Hills Cop' is the funniest part of the movie?
No, seriously. Serge is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. You were awesome.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 78 points79 points80 points 1 year ago
Thank you so much.
[–]BalkiBartokomous 57 points58 points59 points 1 year ago
No sir, thank you. Without you, I am nothing.
[–]BillStickers99 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
I just read Serge and started to say it like "seuurrge," loved you in that movie!! Do you have a replica of that over the top assault rifle??
[–]MuNansen 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
Get out of the city?
[–]MylesMDT 50 points51 points52 points 1 year ago*
Ok, just because, here is a compilation of of Bronson's Risky Business scenes made by a random fan 4 years ago on Youtube. Give the man some love - while casting Tom Cruise was good, the casting of Bronson as the straight man Barry was sublime.
And here is a video of his first episode of his new show on DIY, since he is doing the exact opposite of a Rampart promotion. That is why he deserves some real promotion. This should even be reposted to /r/diy/
EDIT: I was always called the Curtis Armstrong character, dammit. Notice my username, even - I look like "Miles" in Risky Business. Even in the completely unrelated Revenge of the Nerds movies, yes I was that friend who looked like Booger. We have the same face. He should have changed his face, why did I get stuck with that? Now, I keep a beard, even though short and trimmed, just because.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 35 points36 points37 points 1 year ago
Wow, this is quite a lot to reflect on.Thanks
[–]MylesMDT 17 points18 points19 points 1 year ago*
You've done a great AMA - you deserve some well earned promotion because of it. I'll do my part. I'm an avid DIY'r too, so is my wife.
I could use a new bathroom remodel, message me when it's convenient for you, thanks. Before Tuesday, though.
Just kidding, you're a fun talent and I'm glad to see you have some current work to make some money from. Everyone has bills, and I am glad that you have a sense of humor about it all, and seem like a normal everyday person during your show.
EDIT: I don't mean to seem insulting in the "current work" comment, but we all have bills, no matter what we do. Who turns down more money? Ever? Me either.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 23 points24 points25 points 1 year ago
Well, exactly. Couldn't have said it better myself. Plus, I'm awfully good at remodeling, if I must say so myself.
[–]Ghostshirts 41 points42 points43 points 1 year ago
Elliott Blitzer from True Romance was a nice surprise. How did you keep a straight face playing him?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 52 points53 points54 points 1 year ago
I never had a problem keeping a straight face in the movie, because I had it in my head that he was headed for a dark end. In the original version, his head came off in the shootout. Tony Scott told me after seeing rushes that I had made him too sympathetic for that, but I still was concentrating on the dark stuff.
[–]EnidColeslawToo 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
He definitely was too sympathetic - that character really made the whole film for me! (The scene in the convertible did it for me - I remember nearly crying I was laughing so hard that first time I watched it) I came specifically because of my love for True Romance. It's one of my favorite movies of all time.
The kids movies you’ve been in were quite a departure from films like True Romance – do you prefer the children’s movies? Or do you approach your humor the same way in all genres?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 12 points13 points14 points 1 year ago
I would rather do things like true romance where the humor simply emanates from the character's sense of the absurd. Overt comedies always force one to FIND the absurd everywhere, and I don't care for that so much.
[–]lottasnoring 36 points37 points38 points 1 year ago
can you still do the dance of joy?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 72 points73 points74 points 1 year ago
I did it when my guys hooked up my generator and it worked. In the snow, mind you.
[–]hosj321 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
for all the curious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfPg5LjGYz8
[–]PhishnChips 30 points31 points32 points 1 year ago*
Why isn't Perfect Strangers found in syndication anywhere? Can you make that happen? I'd be much obliged. Please and Thank you.
edit: spelling (found)
[–]BronPinchot[S] 42 points43 points44 points 1 year ago
I should think you'd have better luck than I. You and your friends. Write away....B
[–]BattleHall 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
What are the residuals like on that after all this time? Is it still a nice chunk of change, or is it one of those things where they cut you a quarterly check for $6.32, minus tax?
I got a check a few years ago for 12 cents. Not kidding.
[–][deleted] 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago
While we may not pay you, we still love you. I remember TGIF fondly. Not so much Larry though. Larry, he's out. You're still OK though. If you ever get lonely in your old age, I'm sure at least 2000 of us would buy you a beer. You could divide us up on your fridays and we'd all promise not to talk about perfect strangers. We'd ask you about other things, like did you see the drink specials, or how's things going. I'm pretty sure you're over all the perfect strangers shit by now is why. But ya, nuff said.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 26 points27 points28 points 1 year ago
Thank you. I'm proud of Perfect Strangers and enjoy the memories.
[–]ramp_tram 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
You're the exact kind of person we need doing more AMAs.
[–]Fuqwon 26 points27 points28 points 1 year ago
Perfect Strangers movie?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 65 points66 points67 points 1 year ago
With what, me as my own grandfather? I'm 52!
[–]ericphilbin 39 points40 points41 points 1 year ago
Heck yes. Shia Labeouf as Larry, Danny Pudi as Balki, and Bronson as Balki's father. I'd totally watch that!
[–]BronPinchot[S] 53 points54 points55 points 1 year ago
They'd have to pay me in historic architectural salvage.
[–]incognatias 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
That would be the single greatest contract in the history of movie making.
[–]joetromboni 20 points21 points22 points 1 year ago
time fucking flies
[–]BronPinchot[S] 46 points47 points48 points 1 year ago
[–]TwoThreeSkidoo 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Not sure if this will make you feel better, but you're one of my earliest memories. Perfect Strangers, and that show where the mannequins came to life.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
That's nice to know.
[–]salliek76 26 points27 points28 points 1 year ago
I just want you to know that when I was little, my sister and I loved watching "Perfect Strangers" every Friday. We had a bunch of rabbits as pets, and we were such big fans that one of them was named "Pinchot" in your honor. However, since we were from Alabama, nobody knew how to pronounce it, so we said it "pin-kot" (actually more like "peein'-kot"). Just thought you should know.
Epilogue: Pinchot the rabbit was eaten by a beagle. The end.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 25 points26 points27 points 1 year ago
[–]MrWholeMilk 52 points53 points54 points 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Pinchot,
I used to watch Perfect Strangers with my father every Friday night as a child. Perfect Strangers was his favorite show. Thinking about that show always brings back memories of the time and love my father invested in raising me. He now struggles with dementia. Thanks for being part of my childhood and giving me those memories.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 43 points44 points45 points 1 year ago
Wow, give him my love. I'm thrilled to have been part of your childhood. Thank you for writing.
[–]mchale4prez 26 points27 points28 points 1 year ago
Wow, this must be kismet. I was literally watching After Hours last night and now, here you are, doing an AMA!
I was scouring your IMDB trying to think of a good question to ask you, and I was shocked---SHOCKED---to discover that you guest-starred as a voice actor on tons of animated stuff that I grew up on, including The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers, AAAH Real Monsters etc etc.
I guess that isn't really a question, but I just had to say something! I'm a bit of a voice-over nerd, so I'm just surprised this bit of trivia escaped me. Kudos on the excellent work over the years!
[–]BronPinchot[S] 48 points49 points50 points 1 year ago
Thank you kindly. You can search me on audible.com as I have done dozens of cool audiobooks, actually. B
[–]danielcole 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
You, sir, are too modest. Audbile named you 2010 Narrator of the Year for the reading of Matterhorn.
[–]asthesunsets 25 points26 points27 points 1 year ago
you were fucking amazing in beverly hills cop III. "we're working on reducing my body fat, but it's hard because i keep sneaking away to have a goat cheese...i dont care, i wear suits!"
Damn, that is kind of funny.
[–]asthesunsets 20 points21 points22 points 1 year ago
I re-watched it the day before yesterday, actually, and you really did steal the show in every scene you were in.
[–]TishraDR 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Seriously, you are the best part of Beverly Hills Cop, period. Can't wait to watch your DIY.
[–]apothekari 24 points25 points26 points 1 year ago
A chance to give a heartfelt thanks to a far too often underrated actor (you have the rare gift of perfect comedic timing you know...) who was always a pleasant surprise in everything I have ever seen him in...doesn't come by very often so...
Thanks for entertaining me good sir.
You deserve every happiness.
I look forward to Kung Fu and Titties, but really doesn't everyone?
THis is a pretty delightful comment, very cute. Thanks for the smiles, B
[–]cheesesandwich4me 23 points24 points25 points 1 year ago
Here's a three-parter. You can answer all, or choose at your leisure. It's all good.
1) Are there any film or television roles you've had to turn down in the past that you look back on and regret?
2) Sadly, I seem to have missed your 80s SNL hosting stint. Any memories of that night?
3) What is currently your favorite television program, if any?
[–]heiliger82 12 points13 points14 points 1 year ago
a) How long has the TV been gone?
b) How can Reddit help you get it back?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 34 points35 points36 points 1 year ago
I first noticed it like 18 months ago. And perhaps it's good riddance. To both the thief and the TV.
[–]tenehemia 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago
This would be the weirdest Kickstarter ever. Make it happen.
[–]Suppafly 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
A guy that worked for me, who I treated like a surrogate son, stole my TV set.
A guy that worked for me, who I treated like a surrogate son, stole my TV set.
Was it Michael?
[–]Leaper_colony 18 points19 points20 points 1 year ago
Not a question, but just wanted to say that Perfect Strangers was one of the first shows I watched when I moved to the U.S. when I was seven (that and Bosom Buddies). Thanks for helping me learn English, and for giving me the impression that all single men lived with a male pal a la Bert and Ernie.
[–]tootie 17 points18 points19 points 1 year ago
You learned English from Balki?
[–]hiphopfrog 19 points20 points21 points 1 year ago
Your Random Roles at the AV Club (http://www.avclub.com/articles/bronson-pinchot,34310/) was probably my favourite one, you are FEARLESS! How much trouble did you get in for that?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 27 points28 points29 points 1 year ago
A lot. My Mom called and said, "STOP." I did.
Wow, that was a great interview. Probably the most genuine that I have ever read. Thanks for the linkage.
[–]beer_OMG_beer 15 points16 points17 points 1 year ago
Just wanted to say you were great in The Langoliers every situation in life is relatable to that mini series in one way or another. Were those real Langoliers?
Yeah, they were real, all right. In that alternate universe all the scary things are badly animated Pac-Men. :-)
[–]tenehemia 30 points31 points32 points 1 year ago
Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit. I've been on reddit for a year, and this is the first time I've ever been star struck.
You are awesome. Perfect Strangers was absolutely my favorite sitcom during my formative years. Thank you a thousand times over for your work on that show.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 21 points22 points23 points 1 year ago
Oh, my pleasure. It was awfully fun to do, you know.
[–]tenehemia 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
I can only imagine the actual fun of filming a sitcom, honestly. It's one of those things where, no matter how many behind-the-scenes things you see, you can never truly know what the day to day experience is like.
I'm gratified to see this many people saying how much they loved Perfect Strangers, honestly. I know a following on reddit hardly translates into a global movement or anything, but for your sake I hope someone in charge of syndication (or - be still my heart - movies) is seeing this and considering pushing Perfect Strangers back into the limelight. It's hard to believe it's been gone almost 20 years.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 16 points17 points18 points 1 year ago
We had an immense amount of fun working out the physical bits. We really did.
[–]tenehemia 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
I believe it. My theater experience was about as low-rung as it gets, but I always had the most fun with physical stuff. I don't have any specific memories to support this conclusion, but I think that you had a significant impact on my desire to learn to be the object of physical comedy.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 22 points23 points24 points 1 year ago
I like it. I was just telling someone today, that I was rehearsing a comic duet with Carol Burnett once, and she said, "Where do you come up with this stuff? It's really funny." And I said, "Don't you recognize it? I got it from watching you when I was a kid." It was fun.
Were you giddy to even have the opportunity to admit something like that to Carol Burnettt? I think that would be my reaction. Actually, my reaction would probably be stunned silence and awe, but later on the way home I'd be giddy.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 29 points30 points31 points 1 year ago
Hanging out with Carol is like sitting in the sun. You just melt every second and her eyes are like little skies, blue with golden spots.
Excellent description. I'm going to tell my mother you said that. She got me watching Carol Burnett and I got her watching you, so I think she'll get a kick out of it.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 18 points19 points20 points 1 year ago
Tell Mom hi from me.
[–]johnny96816 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago
Serge!! I thought that was a funny part in Beverly Hills Cop.
Why thank you. We were just improvising.
[–][deleted] 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
Was the entire seen improvised where Axel is waiting for Jennie ?
Yes. XOXOXOXO B
[–]AtTheKevIn 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
Get the fuck outta here!
[–][deleted] 31 points32 points33 points 1 year ago
Bronson Pinchot does a cool AMA and answers nearly every question, and is gracious and positive throughout.
Mr. Pinchot, if you ever meet Louis C.K., tell him you win.
Louis C. K.? What does Louis win?
[–]PizzasarusRex 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
I hate to ask but was the surreal life on vh1 your personal and career low? It just seems you're so much more sane than the people on that.
Yes, of course it was. It was horrific. I don't know what got into me. And I was sick for weeks afterward. Thank you for reminding me.
[–][deleted] 23 points24 points25 points 1 year ago
I sold cell phones once. You wanna feel low, go sell cell phones.
I hope things are better now.
[–][deleted] 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
[–]BronPinchot[S] 19 points20 points21 points 1 year ago
[–][deleted] 1 year ago
There were several very special ones. Balki gets his heart broken, Balki's grandmother dies, they take Balki's dog away. Once or twice a year they made me cry, and it really bummed me out, cuz I never faked it.
[–]sveccha 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
[–]dystopialost 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
I don't really have a question but I wanted you to know that Second Sight is one of my top 5 happy movies. Always perks me up. So thank you.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 10 points11 points12 points 1 year ago
No, the pleasure is all mine.
[–]Misremembered_Quotes 92 points93 points94 points 1 year ago
I enjoyed your catchphrase: "Did I do that?"
[–]BronPinchot[S] 67 points68 points69 points 1 year ago
Um....I think that may have been Urkel from Family Matters. But I'll pass it along if I ever meet him.
[–]joetromboni 53 points54 points55 points 1 year ago
sometimes you gotta look at usernames on reddit
How true...how true.
[–]jason3212 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
Ahh but I bet you (Bronson) and my wife are the only people that know Family Matters was a spinoff of Perfect Strangers.
If you roll the dough too slow, worthless trivia you will know.
[–]austinhannah 10 points11 points12 points 1 year ago
What was it like being on Step by Step? Does Patrick Duffy smell good?
Patrick Duffy is one of the most fun-loving and delightful people I've worked with. I did not sniff him.
[–]sleepydead42 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
Let me preface by saying I'm a big fan, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned a delicious bit of 80's cheese known as 'Second Sight Detective Agency'. I have a lot of nostalgia for this silly movie. Was it fun to work on?
It wasn't really that fun to work on. For one thing, we had no script, nor any way of making the script better, because there was a writer's strike. And, being quite young, I mistakenly thought that since I was playing a psychic, I had to be "method" and keep my mind clear by staying on my own all the time.
[–]jugglinglivebabies 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
that movie was GREAT! you, john laroquette, rum raisin ice cream?! doesn't get any better than that! i just realized how many of my idiosyncratic everyday quotes come from you. I call anyone named Alex "aquell foley" and if someone gets too close i say "don't crowd me, now." and, of course, the ubiquitous "don't be re-dikkilus". thank you, sir.
[–]yourafagyourafag 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
What's the secret to bibby bobkas?
Whatcha thinkin' bout?
Complex carbs. I've been on a diet for ten weeks.
[–]Derelyk 8 points9 points10 points 1 year ago
Wanted to add, Thx for making me laugh during a period in my life where laughter was few and far between.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago
Ah, that is wonderful to hear; the best compliment ever. And you are welcome.
[–]BenjiTh3Hunted 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
Have you been told that in your more youthfull years, that you and Manu Ginobli look strikingly similar?
Never heard of Manu Ginobli. Is it a goodlooking entity?
[–]BenjiTh3Hunted 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
He plays (played?) basketball for the Spurs. Objectively I'd say that you have or at least had the edge. Another fun fact, my good buddy Chris looks sorta like the both of you! I refer to him only frequently as Balki, Manu.
As a youngin' in the eighties, I would often watch Perfect Strangers because I thought you were hilarious. I didn't have any idea of what was going on in the show, but would always watch it to catch you as Balki.
[–]Russiophile 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed your voice acting in Blood Oath.
How much work is involved in reading for audio books? Fun? Tedious? A combination thereof?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 17 points18 points19 points 1 year ago
It's super fun and very very demanding.
[–]JetAirliner 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
I saw you in Stones in His Pockets in Boston and you were great, appearing in any new plays?
I'm a carpenter and we renovate old houses all the time, what's your most interesting in the wall find? We find old beer and soda bottles all the time, found a few extremely old horseshoes when excavating too.
[–]spamlovingsuckmonkey 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I used to do termite work. Crawling under a house I once found a chest (like a treasure chest) full of old Motown 45's.
[–]oneIozz 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of what I have seen so far on DIY, and growing up I loved Perfect Strangers!
What I really want to know is how long you have been working on/perfecting/learning techniques and picking out salvage and turning it into something beautiful like I see on "The Bronson Pinchot Project?"
[–]BronPinchot[S] 8 points9 points10 points 1 year ago
Twelve years really intensely, and twenty-five before that.
[–]joeyheartbear 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
Sometimes do you just get a feeling that you need some kind of change?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 14 points15 points16 points 1 year ago
No matter what the odds are this time....
[–]joeyheartbear 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
NOTHING's GONNA STAND IN OUR WAY!
But seriously, I loved that show growing up and want to thank you for making yourself available.
You are most welcome. :=)
Slightly offensive ones get slightly less offensive when you pretend a really good friend just had a moment of indelicacy.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I am really happy that it kind of made your day. It's nice.
[–]jarjack 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
what's your favourite movie/tv show/reality show?
i grew up on perfect strangers so thank you(for babysitting me)
[–]BronPinchot[S] 15 points16 points17 points 1 year ago
The Wizard of Oz and The Bronson Pinchot Project, if I am to be honest.
[–]monopoleroy 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
What was the strangest thing that happened on The Surreal Life?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
Janice was in the bathroom naked
I have to know this, I had a huge discussion regarding Surreal Life recently(the shit you argue about when you're drunk, haha) and I was wondering, who would you rather have sex with, Omarosa's beef curtains, or Janice Dickinson's nasty clam chowder smelling sinkhole?
Also, how much cocaine did you do during the 80's?
your number one fan(no shit)
[–]BronPinchot[S] 63 points64 points65 points 1 year ago
I have never done cocaine or any other drug, and have never been drunk. True story. Janice Dickinson's sinkhole is too horrific to even contemplate, and Omarosa's beef curtains would seem to have a good chance at flexibility.
[–]BostonCab 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
Weird I had this idea you spent time snorting BALKI written in cocaine.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 31 points32 points33 points 1 year ago
Nope. Never even seen the stuff. Or any other recreational drug.
[–][deleted] 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
You don't have to lie to us, although we appreciate the effort. Any star in the 80s has had to have seen coke lined up in a bathroom here and there. We don't hate you for it. It was the 80s.
I appreciate your sentiment. But, as it happens, I didn't come in contact with it.
[–]sherocker13 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I recently saw Virgin Alexander at the Orlando Film Festival and you were easily the best part of the movie. No questions, just wanted to relay that to you. :D
[–]kevro 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Which do you like better, Kung-Fu or Titties?
Also you where awesome in True Romance!
I think both the titties and Kung Fu in "Kung Fu and Titties" are of the...um...amateur variety. But still, they were all quite sweet. Thanks for your compliment on T. R.
[–]Mojo_Filter123 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
You did a few episodes of Young And The Restless back in 2008. How tough was it to memorize your lines in the short time-span soap opera actors are usually given?
Yes, it was difficult. Oddly, I had the same dialog coach as on the pilot of Perfect Strangers....wack? Or What?
[–]MylesMDT 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I have to admit, you've had me since Risky Business and Beverly Hills Cop.
Thanks for the entertainment since then, as well!
EDIT: What was funny, I started writing a smarmy post that your name was similar to...and realized, oh shit, it is the same guy.
Wow. Thanks. B
[–]sir0zeke 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
Kirk or Picard?
[–]HSMOM 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
I literally just screamed with joy. OH MY GOODNESS.
Did you accept your role in the Langoliers right away, or did you need some convincing.
Especially after doing Balki, were you concerned that fans would hate your performance in the Langoliers ?
Because it still scares the crap outta me, especially since Perfect Strangers was the first TV show I ever watched.
I didn't think about it.....just did it. No one was bothered by it
[–]tragic-waste-of-skin 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to you, Mark Linn-Baker and the rest of the cast of Perfect Strangers for the memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I LOVED THAT SHOW.
[–]BronPinchot[S] 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
Well, day-um. Thank you from all of us.
[–]geomagus 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago*
Growing up, I knew you from Perfect Strangers, from the Beverly Hills Cop movies, and from Blame it on the Bellboy (which I just watched again about a week ago) - three roles defined in part by "funny accents and language confusion."
Did you worry at the time like this might lead to you being typecast? Looking back, do you think it impacted your career?
EDIT: Also, thank you for taking the time to do this for us!
I don't look back so much. Much better to live in the present, don't you find?
[–]jdv_lv 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I just sold my house in Las Vegas, where i lived for 8 years, on Pinchot street. It drove me nuts that nobody--NOBODY--knew how to pronounce it. I used your name as my reference point, "PIN-choe", but 90% of people said "PIN-chot." Drove me batty.
No question therein, I'm just looking for sympathy. Pinchot high five?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 24 points25 points26 points 1 year ago
Massive Pinchot high-five, plus fist bump & sparkles.
[–]dwattsgrant 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
What was it like working with george hearn and carol burnett. Putting it together FTW
They were Gods of professionalism, warmth, creativity, and support. Truly GODS. I mean that from the heart.
[–]heiliger82 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
I just rewatched the first episodes of Perfect Strangers a couple months ago. How was Mark Linn-Baker ever supposed to come across as a 23-year old in that show? He was actually 32 at the time. I thought he was closer to 40.
We did our best. I thought he was wonderful.
[–]ericphilbin 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Bronson, I hate to admit this is the first I'm hearing about "The Bronson Pinchot Project". I know I could google it to learn more, but I'd love to hear more about it from you.
Go to Bronsonpinchot.us because if a picture is worth a thousand words, there are several thousand there. I cannot begin to describe it adequately. I'm doing what I've done for years, and they film it. Not flipping houses, but rethinking them using only architectural salvage from before 1850.
[–]anmoyunos 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Goddamnit, I'm probably too late.
I watched Beverly Hills Cop last night and annoyed my girlfriend by saying your lines with you. I also pulled out my Perfect Strangers s1 & 2 DVDs to watch this week. It's like poorly timed karma that I find your AMA the morning after.
Are you going to be in the SF Bay Area anytime in the foreseeable future? I want to give you a hug for being so awesome.
I don't have a trip planned to SF but I'll take the hug telepathically. Also who said the AMA was over? Did I miss something?
[–]spermracewinner 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
How come this hasn't picked up steam?! C'mon, people.
Anyway, nice to meet you, Bronson.
What inspired you to get into acting? Did you have a hard time getting into it? Was there any resistance or ridicule from family and/or friends? What did they do, if anything?
I had no choice, I was driven to try it. No one discouraged me, my family are the greatest cheerleaders of all time, and I love them to pieces. Funny, too, all of them
[–]sasky_81 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
What did you think of the visual effects at the end of "The Langoliers"? I watch pretty much any Stephen King, but felt the end maybe deserved a bit better. I assume there were budget constraints, as well.
I glimpsed them and ran and hid. They were atrocious. Budget constraints no doubt, but ugh.
[–]sasky_81 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Glad it wasn't just me.
No, indeed. It is the gift that keeps on taking.
[–]dmun 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Has there come a point where you start to hate being recognized by those character roles you did? Or do you just come to accept that kind of thing and keep signing autographs for "Balki."
I just accept and roll with it.
[–]spiny_dogfish 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Bronson, I just want to tell you that Perfect Strangers was one of my favorite shows when I was small, and as a result anytime you made a cameo in films and TV throughout the years I would perk right up. It's awesome that you're still going strong! DO you know if your show is available to watch online? My wife and I don't have cable. Thank you for never "getting out of the country".
I think you can find some episodes linked via Bronsonpinchot.org
[–]t_ran_asuarus_rex 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
perfect strangers was a huge part of my childhood. i was sad when i learned mypos did not exist. i would buy you a beer if you ever come out to hawaii!
[–]CDNChaoZ 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Mr. Pinchot, I was a pretty big Perfect Strangers fan as a kid. Were there any improvised elements to Balki which became a reoccurring thing as the show progressed?
Any injuries resulting from the Dance of Joy?
All the physicality was improvised, and all the Myposian was my own. And on the "Assertive Training" episode, I broke my front tooth on Mark's forehead.
[–]fishy007 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Let me just take this opportunity to thank you for the Dance of Joy. I watched Perfect Strangers when I was a kid and my best friend and I would re-enact the Dance of Joy at appropriate times. We also branched out into other dances such as the Dance of Anger, the Dance of Shame and the Dance of Friday.
[–]highpowered 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Did you have an actor who really inspired you to become an actor yourself, i. e. someone you watched and said "that looks like a good job to have"? Who do you feel were your greatest influences on your acting style?
You won't believe me, but James Mason, Spencer Tracy, Charles Laughton.
[–]drain13 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
So is there any plans yet of a battle royal between you and Ice , to see who can pimp out a house better, judged by mike holmes and tom silva?
[–]TheLoveTin 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Wow, awesome to find you here!
I have to admit I liked Perfect Strangers when I was young, and you were great as the good-natured foreign dork.
But then I got older and saw you in Beverly Hills Cop and True Romance- classic!
"You want me to suck his dick?"
"Hi my name is Elliot and I'm with the Cub Scouts of America and we're selling uncut cocaine to get to the jamboree."
I don't have any questions at the moment, but just wanted to say thank you and I hope you continue to give us some great characters.
I'll do my best. By the way, Sol Rubinek was truly on the phone with me, and I truly couldn't understand what he was saying, and I ad-libbed "you want me to suck his dick" because that's what it sounded like he'd said with static. B
[–]jodes 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Oh piffle, missed this!!! Damn being on the other side of the world! Bronson, I had such the crush on you during the Perfect Strangers era. mwah for being a cutie and thank you for a great little show. I've always been disappointed that your comedic talents weren't recognised with bigger roles on tv/film. I'll just have to catch up on the show via Youtube since I haven't a chance in hell seeing it on local tv.
[–]notHooptieJ 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago*
Q: True Romance, as fun making as watching? Also, sorry everyone still yells "looks its Balki!"
[edit: fixed capitalization]
[–]BronPinchot[S] 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
True Romance was a blast. I was sure it was the direction my career would take. Balki stuff doesn't bother me at all. It's fun.
[–]Pudie 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I don't know what to ask you, but to this day I still love quoting you from Beverly Hills Cop.
ACK-WELL!?! ACK-WELL FOLEY!?!?
Always cracks me up. So thanks for the laughs.
[–]Skey91 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
What do you think of sitcoms today?
It seems like there are only a couple of good ones and nothing today compares to your show or your era.
And what did you think of Seinfeld?
Personally I feel like I lived in crazy land. I felt it was the most overrated show ever and no one wanted to admit it. I don't think I ever even laughed out loud watching it. Perfect Strangers destroys everyday of the week
My ex-girlfriend thought Seinfeld was the living end, so I dislike it on principal.
[–]ReginaPhilangee 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Don't really have a question but just wanted to say hi!
I hope not. I mean, it's hard to imagine. I'd settle for the small screen, frankly. B
Jennifer, couple months ago, and emails today. Mary Anne, twenty years ago, on the last night of Perfect Strangers. But apparently she is putting together a reunion appearance (not on film) and I will see here there. My mom runs into her at the grocery store.
[–]Laina83 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I loved watching perfect strangers every week! Just had to get that out. What is the single biggest/worst/costly renovation mistake you have ever made?
I did quite a lot in Malibu that was very costly, cuz I was a TV star and didn't shop for alternate quotes. :-)
[–]the_technician 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What do you feel is your greatest achievement as an actor?
[–]BronPinchot[S] 49 points50 points51 points 1 year ago
Well, I would normally say Autolycus in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Winter's Tale. Then again, I was in an airport once when another actor got off a plane and the guy next to me nudged me and said, "Look, Balki! It's Gregory Hines!" Which means Balki counted as a person, which is getting up there with 'as good as it gets.' Just saying.
[–]the_technician 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
That brought a smile to my face, Thanks Bronson!
[–]BronPinchot[S] 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
You are most welcome. B
[–]Targo 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What a coincidence, I was just thinking the other day about when I'd watch Perfect Strangers as a kid. I thought Balki was from 'Meatballs' not 'Mypos'. Anyhow, do you still keep in touch with the regular cast?
[–]mdb1009 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
How / why did you choose Harford, PA as a location, and why did you buy half the town?
It chose me, and I only bought 7 properties. There are hundreds. And no one else wanted them.
[–]freeseasy 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Would you like a limon twist for your espresso?
Where the hell is Mipos?
No, and it's imaginary.
[–]hollaback_girl 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Hi Bronson! Big fan.
Can you talk a little about your experience at Yale? How well did it prepare you for your career?
How long have you been interested in interior design/architecture? How exactly did that lead to your tv show?
You've been very candid in interviews in the past. Has the reaction to those interviews caused you to second guess or self edit yourself in a way that you wouldn't have prior to that reaction?
It was great; it didn't, except by teaching me to act; all my life; they came and found me; I really was a little wild in some of my early interviews...too much so.
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