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.