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With His Acting Career Taking Off in 2017, Here Are 15 Essential Facts About Outer Banks Star You Need to Know, Girlfriend, Career, Family

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American actor Rudy Pankow, who was born on August 12, 1998, is on the rise. Pankow decided to pursue acting as a career and enrolled in an acting school before beginning to appear in plays to get experience and practice.

He began his acting career in short films in 2017 and 2018 before getting part-time gigs in “The Politician,” a Netflix comedy-drama series, and “Solved,” a real crime drama. He began acting in the 2020 television series “Outer Banks,” where he currently plays one of the lead roles. Here, we share some amusing facts and highlights from his career as we celebrate his birthday.


In Ketchikan, Alaska, on August 12, 1998, Rudy Pankow, an American actor best known for playing J.J. Maybank in the Netflix adolescent drama “Outer Banks,” was born and reared. He went to Ketchikan High School, where he excelled in sports by competing in cross-country and soccer.

Having been torn between two possible career options, Pankow ultimately decided to pursue acting and enrolled in an acting school from 2016 to 2017. He then signed up for acting classes at Michael Woolson Studios. Following the completion of his acting training, he began appearing in plays such as “The Nutcracker,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Oliver Twist” to gain additional experience and practice. Pankow began his career in short films the same year, including “Nobody Knows,” “11:47,” and “Do Good Things.”

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He continues to perform in short films throughout 2018, including “Not Me,” “Last Summer,” and “Deviant.” He made an appearance in two episodes of the American real crime series “Solved” and one episode of “The Politician” in 2019 as part of his debut Netflix series.

In 2020, Pankow acquired the lead part of J.J. Maybank in the well-liked Netflix series “Outer Banks,” which helped him become well-known in the acting world. More recently, in 2022, Pankow won a role in “Uncharted,” an action-adventure thriller.


1. He has a kayak guiding certification.

Pankow’s passion for the outdoors and the sea has inspired him to pursue a career in kayaking.

2. He desired to work as a chef.

He intended to attend culinary school before becoming an actor but changed his mind.

3. He takes a shower after nightfall

Pankow admitted that he enjoys taking candle-lit, late-night showers.

4. He speaks several languages.

He participated in a foreign exchange student program in Japan while in high school and learned French, Spanish, and Japanese.

5. He performs on several instruments.

Pankow is proficient in a number of instruments, including the harmonica, guitar, piano, and drums.

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