April 2, 1988
Pinchot Plunges Ahead
by Frank Lovece
Bronson Pinchot, whose
series "Perfect Strangers" has just moved from
Wednesday to Friday night on ABC, swears the move came as a
"I read about it in
the newspaper," he says. "They didn't tell me or
my manager." But like his character, Balki, Pinchot
accepts the inevitable and plunges ahead. "It's
easier," he says, "to get your audience to follow you
from 'Beverly Hills Cop' -- his first break -- "to a TV
show than from Wednesday to Friday night. But the (new)
competition isn't very tough," he adds, referring to
"Beauty and the Beast" and "Highwayman."
Pinchot, whose exuberantly
innocent Balki provides constant frustration for cousin-roommate
Larry (Mark Linn-Baker), is used to sudden transitions. He
was a starving New York actor / typist after graduating from
Yale, and in little more than a year was a major supporting
character in the hit movie "Risky Business."
After a short, uneventful
span that netted him a few more films, he shot to stardom as
Serge, the outrageous art-gallery employee in "Beverly
Hills Cop." In short order followed the series
"Sara" and his current hit show.
Now 28 years old, Pinchot
talks comfortably about "my show. They came up with
it specifically for me." Nonetheless, he gives credit
to co-star Baker, who was best known for his film "My
"There's no way you
could get what we have and not respect each other, and we love
each other on top of that," Pinchot says. But he
admits, "Unless we're brain-dead eunuchs, there's no way we
could be together as much as we are and not get on each others'
"There's this bit
where we're handcuffed together," explains Pinchot.
"Old Lucy-Ethel type routine. And we had a 25-minute
fight because I wanted him to look thoughtful while I stroked
his chin. And Mark insisted that Larry wouldn't look
thoughtful because he'd see Balki's hand.
"Well, we ended up
really angry with each other for half a day," he says,
"just like brothers who fight over something one of them
says at Thanksgiving." But they didn't wind up as
strangers -- perfect or otherwise.