Rudy Pankow Biography


Birthday: August 12, 1998 (Leo)

Born In: Ketchikan, Alaska, United States

Rudy Pankow is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of JJ in the Netflix series Outer Banks. Rudy was born in Alaska and was all set to enter a culinary institute after graduating school. However, he decided to move to Los Angeles instead, to try his luck in acting. He began his career with short films and then appeared in a 2018 Muse music video. After playing small roles in the series Solve and The Politician, he bagged the leading role of JJ in Outer Banks. He is quite friendly with the whole cast of the series, but especially with Madison Bailey.

Quick Facts

Age: 25 Years, 25 Year Old Males


siblings: Alec, Henning

Born Country: United States

Actors American Men

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

U.S. State: Alaska

Childhood & Early Life

Rudy Pankow was born on August 12, 1998, in Alaska, United States of America. Not much is known about his parents. He grew up with two brothers: Alec and Henning.

He attended the Ketchikan High School in Ketchikan, Alaska.

After graduating high school, Rudy had no intention of going to college. He was accepted into a culinary school. However, at the same time, he had the opportunity of staying with a few family friends in Los Angeles for a while and decide if he wished to stay in the city in the long run.

He thus moved to Los Angeles. After attending his first acting class there, he was sure he wished to build a career in the entertainment industry.

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Rudy Pankow made his acting debut with the role of Aaron in the 2017 short film Sunny Family Cult.

He then appeared in a number of other short films, such as Nobody Knows (as Abe Wooldridge, 2017), 11:47 (as Jesse, 2017), Not Me (as Ashton, 2018), Last Summer (as Dylan, 2018), and Deviant (as Marcel, 2018).

In 2018, he appeared in the video for the Muse song Thought Contagion. He later revealed how he had earned the part. A friend of his had worked with the director of the Muse music video earlier. The director needed a boy who looked like Steve from the series Stranger Things. Rudy met the director, through his friend, and showed off a few dance steps. He soon got the role.

He played a small role in the fifth episode of the first season of Ryan Murphy’s 2019 series The Politician. He was then seen in two episodes of the 2019 series Solve: as Freddy in the episode Death in Detention and as Robert in the episode Death on the Bleachers.

However, the role that made Rudy Pankow a household name was that of JJ in the 2020 Netflix teen adventure series Outer Banks. The series also starred Madelyn Cline and Madison Bailey. Rudy and Madison Bailey are good friends and are often seen on each other’s social-media posts. He relates to the character JJ, as JJ does not care about what anybody says about him. He hopes a second season of the series will be filmed as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

He also appeared as Brocklehurst in the 2020 series Acting for a Cause. He was also seen in the 2020 series Popternative.

He will be seen as Joey Kite in the upcoming film Space Waves. It will be his first lead role in a feature-length film. The film will narrate the tale of two friends and their fame after their podcast becomes viral. The movie is still in its post-production stage.

Rudy as a Person

Rudy can play the harmonica. He is also a certified kayak guide.

He once said that if he could be a book, he would be The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, just to comprehend the language completely.

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He also said that if he suddenly had access to $100 million, he would get a dog, buy a farm with various farm animals, purchase a house in the Bahamas, and donate to charitable organizations.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rudy has been attending interviews and photo shoots over the phone. He has also been working on his own project, while spending a lot of time reading and playing the piano.

Although Rudy Pankow grew up in Ketchikan, a small town in Alaska, he finds it quite similar to the town in South Carolina where Outer Banks was shot. Both the places are tourist towns, where fishing is a prime livelihood. However, the temperature sets the main difference between the two places.

During the shoots, Rudy loved being on boats and surprising people with his knowledge of driving boats and tying them up. The biggest challenge during the shoots was how they had to skip scenes to film other scenes depending on the weather and water levels.

He finds it funny when he thinks that a fan of the show might not even recognize him when he goes out to shop wearing a mask.

He wishes to be part of a period piece set in the 1950s or the medieval period, such as Knights Tale or Oliver Twist. Rudy is also a huge fan of Star Wars.


Rudy is reportedly single. It could also be possible that he does not wish to divulge his personal life to the media.

On Social Media

Rudy Pankow is quite popular on Instagram. His account on the platform, rudeth, has gained more than 3.4 million followers. On June 28, 2016, he posted an Instagram photo of himself with his mother. His TikTok account, rudethpankowofficial, has earned more than 456.2 thousand likes and over 85.2 thousand fans. He is not on Twitter or Snapchat.


Rudy had initially auditioned for the role of John B in Outer Banks. He traveled from Los Angeles to Charleston thinking he had been cast as John B. He had then read the roles of Rafe and JJ. He eventually chose to fight for the role of JJ, as it was deeper than the other two.

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