Guess which celebrity homeowner is allegedly hiding from creditors? According to a news article posted by the Citizens Voice on Aug. 24, 2014, former sitcom television star Bronson Pinchot of "Perfect Strangers" fame is on the run, dodging creditors. Struggling to pay mortgages and other debts on four historic home projects he elected to take on in the Susquehanna County hamlet of Harford, PA, the actor famous for his quirky ethnic role playing Balki Bartokomous appears to be in deep financial trouble. Sources claim the thespian has been avoiding collections agents and may have been misleading court officials about the status of his legal representation.
According to the website,
When TV actor Bronson Pinchot began purchasing and restoring homes in the tiny Susquehanna County hamlet of Harford a decade ago, many thought he’d bring a big Hollywood bank account and some attention.
Instead, the man famous for playing Balki Bartokomous for seven seasons on the ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers” has left a trail of bad debts, property a wrought-iron fence away from being seized by creditors, and late sewer bills for multiple properties.
Multiple cases that popped up in the Susquehanna Court of Common Pleas suggest he’s become a perfect stranger to creditors who have been unable to find him to personally serve him summons and citations about legal actions to collect those debts. Several of those legal actions have been withdrawn.
While the reasons legal actions and collections are withdrawn are rarely explained in court documents, Pinchot said he had taken care the debts and is working with banks to save the four historic homes he restored. He said he’s not leaving Harford.
The source went on to claim that Pinchot claims that the allegations he has been dodging service notices are untrue. He further claims that his attorneys have been handling his responses to all creditors, including local courts in charge of overseeing litigation related to unpaid debts.
But the Times-Tribune.com noted that as of Aug. 24, the actor still could not be found. According to the media outlet, "The bank has shown the court they’ve done everything they could to find him and now hope that he, or someone who knows him, will see this in the paper and say ‘hey, these people are trying to reach you...’”
The staff writer went on to reveal, “If [Pinchot] doesn’t respond [to legal paperwork from the court] within 20 days with an answer or objection, the bank can seek a judgment, gain access to the property, levy and post all assets, and then sell them.”
Meanwhile, the official website of Bronson Pinchot notes that it looks like fans of the actor's DIY home show won't be seeing any more new episodes about his investments for a while. The website BronsonPinchot.org states, "... among other atrocities on the planet, it looks like we won’t be treated to new episodes of The Bronson Pinchot Project anytime soon (hint, hint you other TV networks you). Don’t fret! DIY Network will be airing ALL of the episodes at the insomniac / early riser / just stumbling in the door time of 4:30AM Eastern/1:30AM Pacific."