Don Stark is an American actor, best known for his performance as ‘Bob Pinciotti’ in the TV series ‘That ’70s Show.’ He has performed in several movies, too. As a child, Stark was inclined more toward football than toward acting. He joined the drama group in school in response to a friend’s challenge. However, after making his entry into acting, Stark started enjoying it. He found it to be his calling in life. He is an excellent dancer, too. While in high school, Stark participated in musicals such as ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ Stark made his TV debut with the TV movie ‘Outrage.’ His debut big-screen project was the film ‘Switchblade Sisters.’ He appeared in minor roles in series such as ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Man in the Family.’ Stark performed in movies such as ‘Evilspeak,’ ‘Peggy Sue Got Married,’ and ‘The Couch Trip.’ His career experienced a downturn , but he was soon offered a career-defining role. Stark was cast as ‘Bob Pinciotti’ in all the eight seasons of the popular sitcom ‘That ’70s Show.’ After the success of this show, Stark played a major role in the sports drama series ‘Hit the Floor.’ He is still active in his entertainment career.
Childhood & Early Life
Don Stark was born Donald Stark, on July 5, 1954, in New York City. His father, Nate Stark, was the manager of ‘Wilson’s House of Suede.’ His mother, Harriet, was a homemaker. His family is of Jewish descent.
Stark attended the ‘Grover Cleveland High School’ in California. In 1972, he graduated from the school. While in school, Stark was interested in football and played for the school team. One of his friends challenged Stark to join the school drama group. Stark did not back out and accepted the challenge instead. Thus, his entry into acting was accidental.
As part of the school’s theater department, Stark appeared in several leading roles. He portrayed ‘John’ in ‘Dark of the Moon’ and ‘Sky Masterson’ in the musical ‘Guys and Dolls.’ He appeared as ‘Tevye’ in the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’
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In 1973, Stark made his TV debut with the TV movie ‘Outrage.’ In 1975, he made his full-fledged debut in movies with the action film ‘Switchblade Sisters’ (also known as ‘The Jezebels’). The movie told the story of a gang of girl rebels. It featured Stark as ‘Hook.’
Stark was seen in TV series such as ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Man in the Family.’ In 1979, he appeared as ‘Gary Laswitz’ in the comedy movie ‘Tilt.’ In 1981, he portrayed the character ‘Bubba’ in the horror movie ‘Evilspeak.’ The movie was banned in the UK due to the presence of gory scenes and images.
In 1981, Stark was seen as ‘Lance’ in the movie ‘Choices.’ In 1986, Stark appeared as ‘Doug Snell’ in the movie ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ In 1988, he appeared as ‘Peterson’ in the comedy movie ‘The Couch Trip.’ The same year, he was seen in a minor role in the comedy movie ‘Feds.’
In the first half of the 1990s, Stark appeared in minor roles in several movies, such as ‘Liquid Dreams,’ ‘The Baby Doll Murders,’ ‘Lightning in a Bottle,’ and ‘Maverick.’ In 1995, he was seen as ‘Rodney’ in the thriller movie ‘Night of the Running Man’ and also as ‘Sheriff’ in the comedy movie ‘3 Ninjas Knuckle Up.’
In the second half of the 1990s, Stark faced a career crisis when he was unable to grab any major roles on TV or in movies. In 1996, he was cast as ‘Lenny’ in the movie ‘Santa with Muscles.’ The same year, he was seen in a small role in the science-fiction movie ‘Star Trek: First Contact.’
In 1998, Stark bagged the most prominent role of his career. He was cast as ‘Bob Pinciotti’ in the period sitcom ‘That ’70s Show.’ The series was aired on the ‘Fox’ network. It told the story of a group of teenagers living in a fictional town. ‘Bob Pinciotti’ was the father of one of the teenagers, ‘Donna Pinciotti.’ He was an eccentric character with a funny side. Stark performed the character brilliantly. He remained on the show from its inception in 1998 till its end in 2006. The series helped in making Stark a household name in the US.
In 2009, Stark appeared as ‘David’ in the drama movie ‘My Name Is Jerry.’ The same year, he performed as ‘Det. Gorog’ in the supernatural horror movie ‘Dark House.’ Stork portrayed the ‘Prime Minister of Russia’ in the TV series ‘Cory in the House.’ He played a guest role in the comedy series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ He also guest-starred in the action–adventure series ‘Viper.’ Stark made a small appearance in the dark fantasy series ‘Supernatural.’ The series featured him as a victim of a ghost summoned to commit a murder. He appeared as a principal in the series ‘Anger Management.’
In 2015, Stark performed as ‘Uncle Frank’ in the movie ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris.’ In 2017, Stark appeared as ‘Bernie Greenfield’ in the comedy web series ‘There’s…Johnny!’ In 2018, he was seen as ‘Jules Podell’ in the biographical movie ‘Green Book.’
He directed six episodes of the TV series ‘Luke 11:17’ in 2008.
He also contributed to the soundtrack of ‘That '70s Show’ in 2002.
He lent his voice to the character ‘Rhino’/ ‘Alex O'Hirn’ in a few episodes of ‘Spider-Man: The Animated Series’ and to the character ‘Tucker’ in the movie ‘Monkey Up.’
Family & Personal Life
Stark has married twice. He was married to Julie Stark for several years. The couple has two daughters, Nicole and Samantha. After getting divorced from his first wife, Stark married Aubrey Robinson in 1989. They are together to this day. The couple is not known to have any children.
Apart from acting, Stark is passionate about dance, martial arts, and bodybuilding. In his spare time, he provides coaching in softball. He is also a volunteer for the ‘Young Men's Christian Association’ (YMCA). He is active on social-media platforms such as ‘Twitter.’