John Pankow


28 Apr 1954


St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Born and raised in Chicago, John is the sixth of nine children. He dabbled in drama during high school, but didn't become serious about acting until enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University, where he majored in theater arts.

He left the university in his junior year after he attended a performance of David Mamet's "The American Buffalo" at the St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago. Inspired by the play, he enrolled in the theater's two-year theatrical training program in order to concentrate solely on acting. While visiting a friend in New York City, Pankow auditioned for, and won, a role in a PBS film entitled Great Performances: Life on the Mississippi (1980). He went on to perform in several off-Broadway productions including "Scheherazade", "Aristocrats", "Italian American Reconciliation", "Hunting Scenes", "Ice Cream/Hot Fudge" and the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "Henry VIII". He subsequently made it to Broadway with "Serious Money", "The Iceman Cometh", and as Mozart in "Amadeus", one of his most notable roles to date. In recent years he has reprised the role of 'Stefano' in the runaway hit production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in Central Park.

Pankow has several motion pictures to his credit, including A Stranger Among Us (1992), Mortal Thoughts (1991), Talk Radio (1988), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), and The Secret of My Succe$s (1987).

On the television side, Pankow has guest starred on such series as Law & Order (1990), Spenser: For Hire (1985), and Miami Vice (1984). After several guest spots in the first season of Mad About You (1992), he was signed as a cast regular.

Pankow is currently involved in developing projects for himself in the theater both as an actor and director. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking for his wife and their daughter.

Actor ( 43 credits )

Lucifer (2015)  Jimmy Barnes (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Madam Secretary (2014)  Glenn (2 episodes, 2014-2015)
Putzel (2012) Sid
Elementary (2012)  Edgar Knowles (1 episode, 2012)
Episodes (2011)  Merc Lapidus (24 episodes, 2011-2014)
Morning Glory (2010) Lenny Bergman
The Extra Man (2010) George
Law & Order: LA (2010)  Attorney Byron (1 episode, 2011)
Bride Wars (2009) John
The Good Wife (2009)  Judge Cyril Handley (1 episode, 2011)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Geoffrey Fisher (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
The Book of Daniel (2006)  Charlie Conlin / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
The Electric Company (2006)  Stan Flea (1 episode, 2009)
Advice and Dissent (2002) Jeffrey Goldman
Without a Trace (2002)  Brian Owen (1 episode, 2004)
Life as a House (2001) Bryan Burke
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)  Phil Lambier (1 episode, 2006)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Lenny Simmons (1 episode, 2015)
The Object of My Affection (1998) Vince McBride
Ally McBeal (1997)  Barry Dekumbis (2 episodes, 2002)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994) (1 episode, 1995)
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994)  Blook the Granfaloon (1 episode, 1996)
A Stranger Among Us (1992) Levine
Mad About You (1992)  Ira Buchman (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
Year of the Gun (1991) Italo Bianchi
Mortal Thoughts (1991) Arthur Kellogg
Law & Order (1990)  A.D.A. Josh Lethem / ... (2 episodes, 1992-2008)
Talk Radio (1988) Dietz
Monkey Shines (1988) Geoffrey Fisher
Johnny Be Good (1988) Lou Landers (uncredited)
*batteries not included (1987) Kovacs
The Secret of My Succe$s (1987) Fred Melrose
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987)  Ron Luchesse (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Leg Work (1987)  Chuck Savin (1 episode, 1987)
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) John Vukovich
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) POW #6 (uncredited)
Spenser: For Hire (1985)  Billy Hanratty (1 episode, 1987)
Miami Vice (1984)  Floyd Higgins (1 episode, 1984)
The Hunger (1983) 1st Phone Booth Youth
The Chosen (1981) Bully
Great Performances (1971)  George Richie (1 episode, 1980)
The Doctors (1963)  Danny Martin (1981-1982) (unknown episodes)
Search for Tomorrow (1951)  Father O'Hanlan (1 episode, 1986)