Actor Bronson Pinchot to Screen Newest Film at Yale Following a Silliman Master's Tea

Actor Bronson Pinchot, Yale Class of 1981, best known as TV’s Balki Bartokomous, will be the guest of Silliman College for a Master’s Tea and a master acting class on Saturday, May 3.

Pinchot, who majored in theater studies, resided at Morse College but claims to have spent most of his time at Silliman with fellow classmate David Hyde Pierce, who plays the part of Dr. Niles Crane in the TV sitcom, “Frasier.” Pinchot will begin the evening with a Master’s Tea at 4 p.m. at the Silliman College Master’s House, followed by a movie screening at 7 p.m. in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 101. An invitation-only master class follows the screening starting at 10 p.m., for which Pinchot will select five students from among those who attend the tea and work with them in a concentrated acting class.

Pinchot, whose scene-stealing role as Serge in “Beverly Hills Cop” in 1984 earned him the role of Balki Bartokomous opposite Mark Linn-Baker in the 1980s hit comedy TV series “Perfect Strangers,” will also screen his newest movie, “Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control.” The movie, one of the stars of this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, is about an unearthly being who channels his earthly counterpart and challenges him to “ask me what you want to know.” The film, shot with Sony’s latest High Definition digital technology, is the work of Devon Sharpe and the upstart independent Cannery Filmworks, and director Barry Alexander Brown, who has been integral in the development of five number one films including “Do the Right Thing,” “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” “Malcolm X” and “The Original Kings of Comedy.”

Pinchot has also written, co-produced and co-starred in a new made-for-TV pilot, “Straight No Chaser,” that stars him as Josh Peters, a financially strapped divorcee who inherits his uncle’s wildly successful gay bar - successful as long as the clientele doesn’t realize the new owner is straight. To save their jobs, the bar’s manager and his assistant try to help Josh hide his true nature from the regulars as he tries to hide the true nature of the regulars from his family. A clip from the pilot will be shown at the screening.

Pinchot was born in New York City, but moved with his family to South Pasadena, California, when he was two and a half years old. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, he attended Yale and graduated with honors intending to study painting and drawing and become an illustrator. But this interest was soon overtaken by acting. His first role was as Jacques in a production of “As You Like It,” followed by “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Following graduation, Pinchot was spotted by a casting director and was earned a spot in a New York production of Paul Rudnick’s “Poor Little Lambs” which led to his first role in a 1983 feature film, “Risky Business,” with Tom Cruise. Pinchot appeared in several other films including “The Flamingo Kid” (1984), “After Hours” (1984), “Hot Resort” (1985), “Second Sight” (1989), “Jury Duty: The Comedy” (1990), “Blame It on the Bellboy” (1992), “True Romance” (1993), “Beverly Hills Cop III” (1994), “It’s My Party” (1995), “Courage Under Fire” (1996), “The First Wives Club” (1996) and “Quest for Camelot” (1998). He also starred as the murderous Toomey in the ABC miniseries, “Stephen King’s The Langoliers” and guest starred in the ABC series, “Clueless.”

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