PROFILE
Name:
Don Stark
Birth Date:
August 20, 1954
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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That ‘70s Show

Background:

“I got turned down for a role on UPN and I was really, really down...now how sad is that to be depressed for not getting a role on UPN?” Don Stark on life before “That 70’s Show”

An actor since 1970s, Don Stark has created a prolific acting career on both the small screen and the big one. He has starred in several television films such as A Cry For Help: The Tracy Thurman Story (1989), Sinatra (1992), Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993) and Murder Live! (1997), as well as has had memorable guest performance on shows like “Baywatch” (1993), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993), “Ellen” (1994), “NYPD Blue” (1994), Picket Fences” (1996) and “Diagnosis Murder” (1997). A regular on the sci-fi thriller “Time Cop” (1997-1998), Stark is most famous to TV audience for his role as the confused but lovable father, Bob Pinciotti, on the well-liked FOX sitcom “That ‘70s Show” (1998-2004).

On the silver screen, the performer, who has an extensive background in dancing, bodybuilding and martial arts, has teamed up with many top artists, including Nicolas Cage in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Andy Garcia and Christopher Lloyd in Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995), Alec Baldwin in Heaven’s Prisoners (1996), Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Patrick Swayze in Letters from a Killer (1998). His more recent projects include Goosed (1999), Slammed (2001) and The 4th Tenor (2002).


Softball Instructor

Childhood and Family:

In New York, New York, Donald Stark was born on August 20, 1954. During high school, he joined the drama department on a challenge and ended up winning the role as Marvin Hutchins in the play “Dark of the Moon.” It was at this time that he developed a passion for acting. After graduation, Don attended California State University as a business major, but he soon changed to theater.

In his leisure time, Don coaches softball which his daughters play for the team. He also volunteers for the YMCA.


Time Cop

Career:

Finding a knack for acting after a performance in a high school production, Don Stark broke into the small screen in 1973 with the Richard T. Heffron-directed crime/drama Outrage, appearing as Carl Dibble, and made his feature acting debut two years later with the Robbie Lee vehicle Switchblade Sisters, for director Jack Hill. He went on to land several guest spots on TV series like “The Streets of San Francisco” (1975-1977) and “CHiPs” (1978) before returning to film with Brooke Shields’ Tilt in 1979.

Stark kept on working on both television and film during the 1980s. He had supporting parts in such films as the drama Choices (1981), the sci-fi/horror Evilspeaks (1981), Francis Ford Coppola’s comedy Peggy Sue Got Married (1986, with Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner), Dan Aykroyd’s The Couch Trip (1988) and Feds (1988). In 1988, Stark could be seen playing Ripley on the long-running TV series “General Hospital” and a year later, he was cast as Officer Driscoll in the made-for TV drama A Cry For Help: The Tracy Thurman Story. Besides, he appeared in episodes of “The Twilight Zone” (1986), “Beauty and the Beast” (1989) and “Hardball” (also 1989).

The actor’s rising profile was further established in the next decade when he had more than 50 projects under his belt. 1991-1995 saw roles in such films as 9 1/2 Ninjas! (1991), Sinatra (1992, TV), Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993, TV), the thriller The Baby Doll Murders (1993), Revenge of the Red Baron (1994, starred Mickey Rooney and Tobey Maguire), director David Frost’s Ring of Steel (1994) and Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995, opposite Andy Garcia and Christopher Lloyd). Meanwhile, he guest starred in such popular TV series as “Baywatch” (1993), “L.A. Law” (1993), “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993), “Ellen” (1994) and “NYPD Blue” (1994).

During the second half of the decade, Stark could be seen in films like the mystery film Heaven’s Prisoners (1996, opposite Alec Baldwin), the adventure feature Star Trek: First Contact (1996, with Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes), Murder Live! (1997, TV), Letters from a Killer (1998, with Patrick Swayze) and Goosed (1999). He went on appearing on episodes of “Picket Fences” (1996), “Murder One” (1996) and “Diagnosis Murder” (1997) and from 1997 to 1998, he was cast in the regular role of hard-hitting and gritty Eugene Matuzek in the sci-fi/ thriller series “Time Cop.”

A month after leaving “Time Cop,” Stark got a huge break when he won the regular role of Bob Pinciotti, the bewildered but adorable father of Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), on the Fox comedy series “That ‘70s Show.” He stayed with the popular show until its final season in 2006. While working on the show, he also acted in the comedy films Slammed (2001) and The 4th Tenor (2002), as well as had a recurring role as Stu Braudy on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2002-2004) and appeared in episodes of “That’s Life” (2001), “Maybe It’s Me” (2002) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2003).

After “That ‘70s Show” departed the airwaves, the 52-year-old player made a guest appearance in an episode of the 1997 sci-fi series “Stargate SG-1,” as Sal.


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