16 Magazine
1985

Hottest Newcomers: Bronson Pinchot

16: Bronson, your career has sure taken off!  You've appeared in Risky Business and The Flamingo Kid and won rave reviews for your performance in Beverly Hills Cop.  You're now co-starring in the sitcom Sara, Wednesday nights at 9:30 on NBC.  What's Sara about -- who do you play?
Bronson: The show's about four lawyers sharing an office in San Francisco.  I play Dennis Kemper.  He's the youngest, just out of law school -- he's a very lovable guy.

16: How did you get the part?
Bronson: Well, I went to the audition in a pair of penny loafers and no socks -- I was supposed to be a preppy lawyer!  I'd been walking around, though, and my feet were bleeding, so I walked in with my shoes in my hand and the producer jumped up and gave me a band-aid.  And then I got the part.

16: How do you pronounce your last name?
Bronson: Pin-cho -- just take the 't' off!

16: How about some of your stats?
Bronson: I'm 25 (I'll be 26 May 20th).  I have black hair, green eyes and I'm 5' 9 1/2" tall.  I've lost thirty pounds since Beverly Hills Cop, so now I weight 148.  I was born in New York City, but grew up in South Pasadena, California.

16: Where do you live now?
Bronson: In a tiny apartment right behind Mann's Chinese Theater in West Hollywood.  I'm kind of a Wizard of Oz freak and the place is full of paraphernalia from that movie.

16: You were hysterical as the art gallery assistant in Beverly Hills Cop.  Would you like to play a role like that again?
Bronson: I'm not really interested in being that character again.  As an actor, I like to do different kinds of roles.

16: Do you play any instruments?
Bronson: I used to play violin, but I gave it up.  It's sort of a dream of mine to play a violinist 'cause I know I'd pick it up again.  I think I'd make a believable violinist -- I have one of those faces that you could imagine smacked up against a violin.  I sing, though.  I was trained classically and have been in several musicals.

16: How do you indulge yourself?
Bronson: Well, taking my family out to dinner gives me a big charge, but I don't have many material indulgences -- no toys or gadgets or anything like that.  I don't even have a TV!  I never really have time to watch it, but I feel like I should have one now I'm on it.

16: What's your favorite pastime?
Bronson: I like to think.  I lie down on my stomach on the rug and I just think.  Or I'll take a long walk and just think.  It's my favorite thing to do.

16: Do you play any sports?
Bronson: I'm not a particularly athletic person.  I love to dance and move, but in terms of push-ups, it's a conscious thing.  I love athletic girls, though.  I always find myself attracted to girls who can do 25 million push-ups.

16: Do you have a girlfriend now?
Bronson: Yes -- she's an aerobics instructor!

16: What are your plans for the future?
Bronson: I'd like to stop being everybody's sidekick.  I've gone through Kevin Bacon, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon and Eddie Murphy, and I think I'd like to have my own shot.  I think that's gonna happen -- it's just a matter of time.