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Birth Place: St. Louis, MO

Birthday: April 28, 1954, Taurus

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Raised outside of Chicago as the sixth of nine children, including older brother James, a founding member of the band Chicago.
  • Left college in his junior year after seeing David Mamet's play, The American Buffalo, which inspired Pankow to enroll in the two-year training program at Chicago's St. Nicholas Theater.
  • Performed on Broadway (in his first stint) in Serious Money, The Iceman Cometh and as Mozart in Amadeus.
  • Appeared in a numerous films of the late 1980s-early '90s, including To Live and Die in L.A., Talk Radio and Mortal Thoughts.
  • Most recognized for his role as Ira Buchman, cousin of Paul Reiser's character, on the '90s NBC sitcom Mad About You.
  • Returned to Broadway in the 2000s, performing in Twelve Angry Men, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Cymbeline. 
  • Took over the role of Merc Lapidus (from Thomas Haden Church) in 2011 on the Showtime/BBC show Episodes.

Awards

  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Wayne Pankow — Father
  • Marion Pankow — Mother
  • Kristine Sutherland — Wife
  • Eleanore Pankow — Daughter
  • James Pankow — Brother

College

  • Attended Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

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