John Pankow

John Pankow

  • Highest Rated: 91% To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Johnny Be Good (1988)
  • Birthday: Apr 28, 1954
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Putzel Sid 2014
55% Morning Glory Lenny Bergman $31M 2010
42% The Extra Man George $0.5M 2010
10% Bride Wars John $58.7M 2009
No Score Yet Advice and Dissent Actor 2002
47% Life as a House Bryan Burke $15.5M 2001
54% The Object of My Affection Vince McBride 1998
23% A Stranger Among Us Levine 1992
29% Year of the Gun Bianchi 1991
57% Mortal Thoughts Arthur 1991
81% Talk Radio Chuck Dietz 1988
0% Johnny Be Good Actor 1988
53% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear Geoffrey Fisher 1988
60% *batteries not included Kovacs 1987
57% The Secret of My Success Fred Melrose 1987
91% To Live and Die in L.A. Vukovich 1985
52% The Hunger 1st Phone Booth Youth 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Glenn Glenn, NASA Administrator
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
John Romano
  • 2018
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
Judge Tommy Wells
  • 2017
80% Episodes (US)
2011-2017
Merc Lapidus
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Guest Lenny Simmons
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Cyril Handley
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Charles Meadow ADA Josh Lethem
  • 2008
  • 1992
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Phil
  • 2006
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Brian Owen
  • 2004
  • 2003
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Barry Dekumbis
  • 2002
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Ira Buchman
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Mad About You
2019
Ira Buchman

QUOTES FROM John Pankow CHARACTERS

Vukovich
You work for me now.