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John Pankow

John Pankow (born February 18, 1957) is a veteran American actor. He is currently a series regular on the Showtime/BBC series "Episodes", playing Merc Lapidus, the volatile head of a major U.S. television network.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Pankow was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Marion, a homemaker, and Wayne Pankow, who worked in magazine advertising sales.[1] He is the younger brother of trombonist James Pankow, a founding member of the legendary rock group Chicago. He grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, and attended Maine South High School and later, Northeastern Illinois University.

CareerEdit

Pankow, a veteran actor of stage, film and television, appeared for seven seasons as Ira Buchman on the NBC sitcom Mad About You.

Pankow is currently a series regular on the Showtime/BBC series Episodes playing American television executive Merc Lapidus.

Personal lifeEdit

Pankow has been married to actress Kristine Sutherland (best known for playing Buffy's mother Joyce Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) since 1985 and together they have a daughter.[2]

FilmographyEdit

  • The Chosen 1981
  • The Hunger 1983
  • To Live and Die in L.A. 1985
  • *batteries not included 1987
  • The Secret of My Success 1987
  • Monkey Shines 1988
  • Talk Radio 1988
  • Mortal Thoughts 1991
  • Year of the Gun 1991
  • A Stranger Among Us 1992
  • The Object of My Affection 1998
  • Life as a House 2001
  • Bride Wars 2009
  • The Extra Man 2010
  • Morning Glory 2010
  • Putzel 2012

New York stageEdit

  • Merton of the Movies 1980
  • The Slab Boys 1980
  • Forty-Deuce 1981
  • Hunting Scenes From Lower Bavaria 1981
  • Amadeus 1981
  • Cloud Nine 1982
  • Jazz Poets at the Grotto 1982
  • Henry V 1984
  • The Iceman Cometh 1985
  • North Shore Fish 1987
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona 1987
  • Serious Money 1987
  • Italian American Reconciliation 1988
  • Aristocrats 1989
  • Ice Cream/Hot Fudge 1990
  • Scheherazade 1992
  • The Tempest 1995
  • Baby Anger 1997
  • Measure for Measure 2001
  • Barbra's Wedding 2003
  • Twelve Angry Men 2004
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 2006
  • Cymbeline 2007
  • Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them 2009
  • Keep Your Pantheon 2009
  • School 2009
  • Equivocation 2010
  • Taming of the Shrew 2012
  • Medieval Play 2012

Television seriesEdit

  • The Doctors 1981-1982
  • The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1990-1991
  • Mad About You 1993-1999
  • Episodes (TV series)|Episodes 2011–present

ReferencesEdit

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