You Ever Wanted to
Know About Balki and Larry!
much are Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker like the
characters they play on ABC-TV's hit show Perfect Strangers?
Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker are two of the most in-demand bachelors on
television . . . and girls everywhere are the ones who are demanding them!
their late 20's, both would be real men-about-town except for one thing: They
work long hours and don't have much time to date anyone for long periods of
so, when Bronson leaves his West Hollywood apartment, there are always groups of
teenage girls following him, taking photos and asking for autographs. He
always likes this, but he can't really believe he's a star! He rates his
life in two parts: Part One -- before Beverly Hills Cop; Part Two --
After Beverly Hills Cop. Part Two is the best part!
who's seen Beverly Hills Cop 2 really misses Bronson. He nearly
stole the first movie from Eddie Murphy with only 20 lines! This is pretty
difficult to do when you're playing opposite a star like Eddie. But it was
mainly Bronson's accent and movements that did it. It was also his
"perfect" accent that landed Bronson a role in Perfect Strangers.
accent," Bronson tells everyone, "was inspired by an Israeli makeup
woman I knew who set out to become the most elegant, fashionable, sexiest
mysterious Mata Hari who ever lived. She had developed a speech that was
so elegant and syrupy . . . and I did a deliberately imperfect re-creation of
accent Bronson uses on Perfect Strangers isn't quite like this one, but
there is enough similarity so that Bronson can retain his image. The
character "Balki" is a Greek shepherd who is supposedly from a
Mediterranean island country called Mypos.
the show debuted last season for only six episodes, no one believed it would
become a big hit. But it did! And the show is now renewed for next
fall on ABC.
hasn't gotten used to being a star yet, and those close to him don't think he
ever will. But he does have his moments of temperament on the set
when things go wrong. When he gets frustrated, he lets out all of his
feelings and doesn't hold back anything.
Linn-Baker, who play's "Balki's" American cousin, "Larry,"
is just the opposite. When things bother him, he holds them all
inside. But outwardly, he's a comic. He can break up Bronson so much
that sometimes it takes 15 takes to get a scene right!
camera, the two are very close friends. Bronson depends on Mark and hates
it when the show is not in production and Mark goes back to New York, where he
lives. Surprisingly, both of them went to school at Yale and took theater
arts, yet they never met because they had overlapping terms.
Bronson sexy? Fans say "Yes!', and he's getting fan mail by the
thousands. He really can't believe that all of this is happening to
him. As a high school student in South Pasadena, California, Bronson was
very studious, earning practically a straight-A average, and wasn't a very
social person, but he has little time to socialize.
also a collector of 19th-century Scandinavian furniture. "I guess
that's weird," Bronson admits, "but I love all those things."
the set, Bronson and Mark are loose and happy. They play jokes on each
other and have a great time just being together. As for how much they're
like their characters, both feel there's a lot of each of them in "Balki"
and "Larry." Bronson is more intelligent than "Balki,"
but as he says, "'Balki' may not be educated, but he has good inner
instincts, and they show up in the character. He's no dope, and it
character of "Larry" is portrayed as far more intelligent than "Balki,"
but it's often "Balki" who gets "Larry" out of
trouble! So, all in all, they're equal -- both on the show and off the
are single. Both are smart. Both are cute. And both are
waiting for the right girl to come into their lives. She must be patient,
understanding and loving!