Austin Basis

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Austin Basis
Born Austin Lee Basis
(1976-09-14) September 14, 1976 (age 38)
Sea Gate, Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Austin Lee Basis (born September 14, 1976) is an American actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Basis was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 and Midwood High School. While majoring in theatre at Binghamton University, he performed in the title roles of "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" and "I Hate Hamlet", in addition to several original productions.[1] After graduation, he joined the Actors Studio MFA program,[2] where he received an Master of Fine Arts in Acting.


As a struggling actor in New York, Basis worked as a bartender, a bouncer, a busboy, a cater-waiter, and a substitute teacher while performing in independent and student films, and Off-Off Broadway plays. He also co-created and performed in an improv & sketch comedy show called "Mmm...Comedy" that ran for seven months.


Austin's television debut was in the Comedy Central film Porn 'n Chicken (2002) (TV). In 2004 he was cast in an episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001). Austin then landed a role in a Warner Brothers TV pilot for FOX called Spellbound (2004) (TV) with Christine Baranski, Barry Bostwick and Dave Annable. At this point he moved to LA.

Austin has since appeared on numerous television shows, among them: "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006), "Supernatural" (2005) and "Life on Mars" (2008). His film credits include Dorian Blues (2004), Boxboarders! (2007), American Zombie (2007), My Sassy Girl (2008), and The Other End of the Line (2008) - traveling as far as India to shoot them.

He has appeared in a number of commercials as well, including spots for Toys 'R' Us, Wendy's, Dr. Pepper, State Farm, and Burger King. He also plays Benjamin Bankes the Pig in the Ad Council's "Feed the Pig" campaign.

Personal life[edit]

Basis has type 1 diabetes, and he has worked as an activist to promote awareness.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Porn 'n Chicken Interviewed Student TV movie
2004 Spellbound Ben Miller TV movie
2004 Dorian Blues Spooky
2004 Skips Leo short
2005 Terrormarketers voice
2005 Hazard Angry Deli Vigilante
2005 Building Girl Duffy
2007 Anthem Man with a Portrait short
2007 American Zombie Ivan
2007 Boxboarders! James James
2007 Om Bobby short
2007 7eventy 5ive Crazy Cal
2007 Life Unkind The Kid short
2008 My Sassy Girl Leo
2008 The Other End of the Line Charlie Hendricks
2009 The Things We Carry Jake
2010 Re-Cut David Stankowitz
2011 J. Edgar Bank Teller

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lou-Lou Versini 1 Episode
2006 Windfall ATM Man / Sam 2 Episodes
2007 Drake & Josh Skaggs 1 Episode
2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Robby 1 Episode
2008 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Dallas 1 Episode
2008 Life on Mars Willy Kramer 1 Episode
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Waiter 1 Episode
2008–2010 Supernatural Kenny Spruce 2 Episodes
2010 Ghostfacers Kenny Spruce 10 Episodes
2010–2011 Life Unexpected[5] Math Rogers 26 Episodes
2011 Necessary Roughness Phil 2 Episodes
2012 Grey's Anatomy Devin 1 Episode
2012–present Beauty & the Beast[6][7] J.T. Forbes 35 Episodes


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