Bronson Pinchot has joined the cast of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ as Baxter High’s principal George Hawthorne, who is described as being “villainous [and] Puritanical.” He will prove to be a foil for Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) and her friends. This role is recurring, meaning he may not be in every episode.
Pinchot is best known for playing Balki Bartokomous on the hit ABC sitcom ‘Perfect Strangers’ which ran for eight seasons from 1986-1993. He also had a scene-stealing role as Serge in the hit Eddie Murphy comedy ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and was so memorable that he was brought back for larger roles in the sequels, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop III’. He has also appeared in the films ‘True Romance’, ‘Risky Business’, ‘Courage Under Fire’ and ‘The First Wives Club’ among many others. After ‘Perfect Strangers’, he starred in another short-lived sitcom ‘The Trouble With Larry’ and later had regular roles on ‘Step By Step’ and ‘The Young and the Restless’.
Fun fact: In the movie ‘Clueless’, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and her friends attend Bronson Alcott High School and when she is naming off the most popular boys at the school, she mentions “Bronson.” That’s because Pinchot has been married to that film’s director, Amy Heckerling for many years. He even went on to appear on the ‘Clueless’ TV series, first as Mr. Pontormo in the pilot and later as Ka-feen in a later episode.
Based on the Archie Comics graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Untitled
Sabrina Project reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Shipka)
as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.
Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling
to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces
that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Pinchot joins Shipka, Richard Coyle (who plays Father Blackwood), Lucy Davis (Hilda Spellman), Michelle Gomez (Mary Wardell), Miranda Otto, (Zelda Spellman), Chance Perdomo (Ambrose Spellman), and Jaz Sinclair (Rosalind Walker). The series will premier later this year on Netflix. The streaming service ordered ‘Sabrina’ straight-to-series with a two season order. Each season will consist of ten episodes.