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‘Perfect Strangers’ star Bronson Pinchot reveals the heartbreaking catalyst for his wellness journey




Two years ago, Bronson Pinchot had a moment of clarity while trying to help his 94-year-old mother get up after she had fallen to the floor.

“She still had all her marbles and then some,” he tells Page Six in an exclusive interview.

“But she was upstairs on the floor and I couldn’t get her up and she didn’t have any core strength to help me.”

Bronson Pinchot.
Bronson Pinchot began working out with a virtual trainer in 2023. Courtesy of Bronson Pinchot
Bronson Pinchot working out.
Pinchot’s trainer says the actor is now pressing 100 pound dumbbells. Courtesy of Bronson Pinchot
Bronson Pinchot working out.
Pinchot found his trainer, Ameer Barbour, online. Courtesy of Bronson Pinchot

“I had to call the paramedics, which was bad.”

The “Perfect Strangers” alum, 65, says that the upsetting incident made him realize that he never wanted to be in that position when he gets older, so he started working out and building his core.

But this isn’t the first time the actor has been on a wellness journey.

In March 2021, the “Risky Business” star told Page Six exclusively that he had lost a staggering 60 pounds toward the end of 2020 after he saw a photo of himself from the 2017 reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars” and was horrified.

His mother’s declining health in 2022, however, made him put the weight back on — “with interest.”

Bronson Pinchot working out.
The two have weekly FaceTime meetings. Courtesy of Bronson Pinchot
Bronson Pinchot in 2017.
Pinchot lost weight in 2020 after seeing an unflattering photo of himself. Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images
Bronson Pinchot.
Pinchot gained the weight back when his mom’s health started declining. He has since lost it again with the help of his trainer. Courtesy of Bronson Pinchot

After the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” alum’s mom passed away, he started a new wellness journey with the help of Ameer Barbour, a personal trainer on Instagram, in 2023.

Since Barbour, who is a chemical and biomolecular engineer during the day, was based in Kansas City, Pinchot became a virtual client.

“I thought, he’s got great advice and he’s so accessible,” Pinchot explains of finding Barbour on Instagram. “He’s unique. He doesn’t have that swagger.”

Pinchot shares that he and Barbour have “a 90-minute FaceTime [call] every week. Plus, I can text him any time of the night or day.”

Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker.
The actor is best known for his role in “Perfect Strangers.” ©Lorimar Film Entertainment/Courtesy Everett Collection
Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker.
The sitcom ran from 1986 to 1993. ©ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection

Barbour also had the actor set up a camera while he worked out so the trainer could see “views from every angle…and then he would say, ‘No, do this, pretend your elbows are going into your back pockets,’ and all this really useful stuff.”

The trainer, 26, tells Page Six that Pinchot went from pressing 50 to 60-pound dumbbells to 100-pound dumbbells for sets of 10, “which is something most gym goers my age can’t do, let alone someone in their 60s.”

Besides getting into physical shape, Pinchot says the workouts have improved his mental Health as well.

Bronson Pinchot.
The actor is also known for his roles in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise. ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection
Bronson Pinchot and Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F."
Pinchot reprised his role in the upcoming “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.” AP

“The part of me that used to walk around thinking, ‘Wow, I should have a TV show like that [or] I should have that,’ that’s really diminished to almost zero,” he reveals, “because I think, well, you have [my fitness journey] and this is exciting.”

Pinchot adds that any emotion used for over-thinking and self-pitying is subsumed by his intense workout sessions.

Meanwhile, the veteran actor’s career is chugging along nicely.

Bronson Pinchot.
Pinchot says the workouts have also helped his mental health. FilmMagic
Bronson Pinchot.
The actor says the workouts have quelled his worries. AP

He will soon be seen in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,” reprising his role as Serge, the art assistant, in the 1984 comedy, “Beverly Hills Cop.”

And even though it’s been 40 years since the original film came out, Pinchot says filming the movie was effortless and felt like no time had passed.

“There’s certainly no rust or cobwebs on it at all,” he says happily.