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      John Pankow

      John Pankow

      Highest Rated: 100% Before/During/After (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 10% Bride Wars (2009)

      Birthday: Apr 28, 1954

      Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

      John Pankow was an American actor who was best known for his long-running TV roles on the popular shows "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99) and "Episodes" (Showtime, 2011-17). Born in St. Louis and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Pankow grew up in a big German-Irish family; he was the sixth of nine siblings. He lived a relatively normal middle-class childhood, and never had any intention on becoming a professional actor. That all changed, however, when he saw an early version of David Mamet's iconic play "The American Buffalo" performed at the St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago. Upon leaving the theater Pankow knew immediately that he wanted to become a professional actor, and soon after signed up for a two-year acting training program at the St. Nicholas Theater. Before long Pankow was appearing in plays both in Chicago and off-Broadway, and by the mid-80s was making a substantial living for himself as a film actor. Among the more notable movies he appeared in during this time included "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985), "The Secret of My Success" (1987), and "Talk Radio" (1988). Pankow continued acting mostly in movies well into the early 1990s, until landing his first big break in 1993 when he was asked to join the cast of the NBC sitcom "Mad About You." Pankow played Ira Buchman, brash cousin of star Paul Reiser's Paul Buchman, on 143 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series. After "Mad About You" ended its run in 1999, Pankow spent the next decade working steadily in both films and TV, before returning to TV full-time once again in 2011 on the Showtime comedy "Episodes." He played Merc Lapidus on the Emmy Award-nominated series, which premiered its fifth and final season in August of 2017.

      Highest rated movies

      Before/During/After
      To Live and Die in L.A.
      Talk Radio
      The Hunger
      Morning Glory
      Mortal Thoughts
      The Object of My Affection
      Monkey Shines

      Photos

      John Pankow THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, John Pankow, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, 1998, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. TALK RADIO, Leslie Hope, John Pankow, Eric Bogosian, 1988 © Unversal Pictures/ Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 403', Season 4, Ep. #3, 01/25/2015, ©SHO Episodes, from left: John Pankow, Matt LeBlanc, Mircea Monroe, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, 'Episode 203', Season 2, Ep. #3, 07/15/2012, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow (L), Matt LeBlanc (R), 'Episode 2', Season 1, Ep. #2, 01/16/2011, ©SHO Episodes, from left: John Pankow, Matt LeBlanc, Mircea Monroe, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, 'Episode 203', Season 2, Ep. #3, 07/15/2012, ©SHO Episodes, Stephen Mangan (L), John Pankow (R), 'Episode 6', Season 1, Ep. #6, 02/13/2011, ©SHO Episodes, Matt LeBlanc (L), John Pankow (R), 'Episode 3', Season 1, Ep. #3, 01/23/2011, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 203', Season 2, Ep. #3, 07/15/2012, ©SHO Episodes, Kathleen Rose Perkins (L), John Pankow (R), 'Episode 1', Season 1, Ep. #1, 01/09/2011, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 209', Season 2, Ep. #9, 08/26/2012, ©SHO Episodes, Laurie Calvert (L), Kathleen Rose Perkins (C), John Pankow (R), 'Episode 304', Season 3, Ep. #4, 02/02/2014, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 304', Season 3, Ep. #4, 02/02/2014, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 305', Season 3, Ep. #5, 02/09/2014, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 403', Season 4, Ep. #3, 01/25/2015, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow, 'Episode 405', Season 4, Ep. #5, 02/08/2015, ©SHO Episodes, Matt LeBlanc (L), John Pankow (R), 'Episode 409', Season 4, Ep. #9, 03/15/2015, ©SHO Episodes, John Pankow (L), Matt LeBlanc (R), 'Episode 409', Season 4, Ep. #9, 03/15/2015, ©SHO THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, John Pankow, 1998. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 82% Before/During/After Jim Lonergan (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unorganized Crime Fr. Anthony Corso (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arrangement Herman Mackey (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 62% Putzel Sid (Character) - 2012
      56% 51% Morning Glory Lenny Bergman (Character) $31.0M 2010
      42% 37% The Extra Man George (Character) $453.1K 2010
      10% 51% Bride Wars John (Character) $58.7M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Advice and Dissent Jeffrey Goldman (Character) - 2002
      53% 51% The Object of My Affection Vince McBride (Character) $29.1M 1998
      22% 39% A Stranger Among Us Levine (Character) $12.1M 1992
      29% 27% Year of the Gun Italo Bianchi (Character) $1.2M 1991
      56% 36% Mortal Thoughts Arthur Kellogg (Character) $17.8M 1991
      53% 41% Monkey Shines Geoffrey Fisher (Character) $4.8M 1988
      82% 80% Talk Radio Dietz (Character) $3.3M 1988
      48% 58% The Secret of My Success Fred Melrose (Character) $65.3M 1987
      88% 78% To Live and Die in L.A. John Vukovich (Character) $16.6M 1985
      59% 66% The Hunger 1st Phone Booth Youth (Character) - 1983

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Glenn, NASA Administrator (Guest Star) 2014-2016 2019
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods John Romano (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Judge Tommy Wells (Guest Star) 2017-2018
      80% 90% Episodes Merc Lapidus (Character) 2012 2014-2015 2017
      87% 73% Lucifer Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lenny Simmons (Guest Star) 2015
      95% 88% Elementary Edgar Knowles (Guest Star) 2012
      93% 90% The Good Wife Judge Cyril Handley (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1992 2008
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Ira Buchman (Character) 1993-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984