Throughout the 80s, Bronson Pinchot came to be known by his popular sitcom character/ alter ego, Balki Bartokomous, on the hit show “Perfect Strangers”. Since that show ended in 1993, Pinchot has guest starred and even had full-fledged character arcs on everything from “Step by Step” to “3rd Rock from the Sun” to “Hey Arnold” and even “The Young and the Restless.” He’s also made cameos in movies, such as Beverly Hills Cop III, The First Wives Club, and Courage Under Fire, and even starred on Broadway. But now, Pinchot is returning to regularly scheduled TV with a new series on the DIY network, called “The Bronshon Pinchot Project”.
Pinchot, 52, was born in New York city and raised in Pasadena, California. After graduating number one in his high school class, he attended Yale University in Connecticut on a full scholarship. He initially majored in fine art. While at Yale, he pursued acting. He graduated in 1981, and was soon cast in an off-Broadway play, where he was seen by a casting director and was given a role in the 1983 Tom Cruise flick, Risky Business.
Pinchot’s new show is a total departure from his previous comedic works; “The Bronson Pinchot Project” is about renovating houses in his adopted hometown of rural Harford, Pennsylvania. Apparently Pinchot has long been into antiques and the like. In the first episodes this season, viewers get to see his Ionic-columned mansion and Decker House, a smaller home rehabbed with salvaged wood from demolished old buildings, windows from an abandoned farmhouse and floors from a property formerly part of late heiress Doris Duke’s estate. The entire series promises to reveal a side of Pinchot that audiences had no idea was there.
“The Bronson Pinchot Project,” premiered Feb. 11 on the DIY Network, and airs every Saturday at 10:30 p.m.