Austin Pendleton

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Austin Pendleton
AUSTIN PENDLETON backstage August 2006.jpg
Pendleton backstage at the Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York City, August, 2006.
Born Austin Campbell Pendleton[1][2]
(1940-03-27) March 27, 1940 (age 75)
Warren, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–present

Austin Campbell Pendleton (born March 27, 1940) is an American film, television, and stage actor, a playwright, and a theatre director and instructor.

Life and career[edit]

Pendleton was born in Warren, Ohio, the son of Frances Manchester Pendleton, a professional actress, and Thorn Pendleton, who ran a tool company. Pendleton is a graduate of Yale University, School of Drama.[3]


Pendleton first received fame and critical acclaim for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof. Additionally, he has appeared in The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), The Diary of Anne Frank, Goodtime Charley, and Up from Paradise, among others. In August 2006, Pendleton appeared as the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater production directed by George C. Wolfe at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York City. In 2007, he appeared as Friar Lawrence in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. In 2009 Pendleton directed Uncle Vanya, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Saarsgard, at the Classic Stage Company. Also that year, Pendleton starred in the off-Broadway production of Love Drunk, written by Romulus Linney and directed by Kelly Morgan. Later on, in the summer of 2009, he appeared in Wyoming Seminary's Performing Arts Institute production of Gypsy as Herbie, opposite Devon McFadden as Moma Rose and Allison Considine as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Pendleton then went on to direct Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play Vieux Carré at The Pearl Theatre Company Off-Broadway in 2009.[4]

Pendleton wrote the plays Uncle Bob, Booth, and Orson's Shadow, all of which were staged off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes garnered him a Tony Award nomination.

Additional directing credits include Spoils of War by Michael Weller (1988),[5]The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt (1977),[5]and The Size of the World by Charles Evered (1996).[6]

In January and February 2010, Pendleton directed two plays, "Bus Stop" at The Olney Theatre and "Golden Age" at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. In April 2010, Pendleton acted with Eleanor Handley in the romantic comedy Limonade Tous Les Jours by Charles Mee, directed by Diana Basmajian. In June 2010, Pendleton directed Order at Kirk Theater at Theatre Row (New York City). Order was written by Christopher Stetson Boal and centered on a philosopher-cannibal who wants to be a better person.[7][8]

In 2012 he directed a production of 'Detroit' at the National Theatre in London, England.[9]

Pendleton currently teaches acting at the HB Studio and directing at The New School, both in Greenwich Village. Pendleton is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. He began his artistic relationship there by directing Ralph Pape's Say Goodnight, Gracie for the 1979-80 season. In addition to directing at Steppenwolf, Mr. Pendleton has appeared as an actor in such Steppenwolf productions as Uncle Vanya, Valparaiso, and Educating Rita.

Pendleton served as Artistic Director for Circle Repertory Company with associate artistic director Lynne Thigpen. The Company closed in 1996.[10]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1968 Petulia Intern Richard Lester
One Life to Live TV Series
Skidoo Fred Otto Preminger
1970 Catch-22 Lt. Col. Moodus Mike Nichols
1972 What's Up, Doc? Frederick Larrabee Peter Bogdanovich
Every Little Crook and Nanny Luther Cy Howard
Love, American Style Barney Dereemus Norman Abbott, Jerry London TV Series (1 Episode)
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Zukovsky Bud Yorkin
Love, American Style Leo James Sheldon, George Tyne TV Series (1 Episode)
1974 Good Times Donald Hargrove Herbert Kenwith TV Series (1 Episode)
The Front Page Earl Williams Billy Wilder
Great Performances Bennie Kirk Browning, Burt Shevelove TV Series (1 Episode)
1976 Diary of the Dead Dr. Klein Arvin Brown
1977 You're Gonna Love It Here Harry Rogers Bruce Paltrow, Gordon Rigsby TV Movie
The Great Smokey Roadblock Guido John Leone
1978 Big City Boys Harry Buckman Bill Persky TV Movie
1979 The Muppet Movie Max James Frawley
Starting Over Paul Alan J. Pakula
1980 Simon Dr. Carl Becker Marshall Brickman
First Family Dr. Alexander Grade Buck Henry
1983 Great Performances White Rabbit Kirk Browning (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
St. Elsewhere Mr. Entertainment David Anspaugh TV Series (1 Episode)
1984 Talk to Me Richard Patterson Julius Potocsny
St. Elsewhere Mr. Entertainment Mark Tinker TV Series (1 Episode)
1985 Love, Long Distance Dr Arthur Ruskin Burt Brinckerhoff TV Movie
My Man Adam Mr. Greenhut Roger L. Simon
1986 Miami Vice Max Rogo Aaron Lipstadt TV Series (1 Episode)
Off Beat Gun Shop Salesman Michael Dinner
Short Circuit Howard Marner John Badham
1987 Leg Work Harold Rodman Peter H. Hunt TV Series (1 Episode)
Hello Again Junior Lacey Frank Perry
1988 Spenser: For Hire The Professor Winrich Kolbe TV Series (1 Episode)
1986-89 The Equalizer Jonah Aaron Lipstadt (2), Alan Metzger, Paul Krasny TV Series (3 Episodes)
1989 The Cosby Show Mr. Kensington Carl Lauten, Chuck Vinson TV Series (1 Episode)
B.L. Stryker Danny Lennox Jerry Jameson TV Series (1 Episode)
Anything But Love Max Templeton Matthew Diamond TV Series (1 Episode)
1990 American Dreamer Sam Weisman TV Series (1 Episode)
21 Jump Street Mr. Trysla Steve Beers TV Series (1 Episode)
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Mr. Gadbury James Ivory
1991 The Ballad of the Sad Café Lawyer Taylor Simon Callow
True Identity Othello's Director Charles Lane
Lethal Innocence Paul Kent Helene Whitney TV Movie
1992 My Cousin Vinny John Gibbons Jonathan Lynn
Murder, She Wrote Barney Gunderson Walter Grauman TV Series (1 Episode)
Rain Without Thunder Catholic Priest Gary O. Bennett
Charlie's Ear Harold Blodgett Gary Chason
Four Eyes and Six Guns Piers Haggard TV Movie
Do You Like Women? Jay Lind
1993 Mr. Nanny Alex Mason, Sr. Michael Gottlieb
My Boyfriend's Back Dr. Bronson Bob Balaban
Searching for Bobby Fischer Asa Hoffmann Steven Zaillian
1994 Greedy Hotel Clerk Jonathan Lynn (2)
Guarding Tess Earl Fowler Hugh Wilson
The Cosby Mysteries Maynard Caldwell John Whitesell TV Series (1 Episode)
Don't Drink the Water Chef Oscar Woody Allen TV Movie
1995 Tales from the Crypt Orloff Larry Wilson TV Series (1 Episode)
New York News TV Series (1 Episode)
Home for the Holidays Peter Arnold Jodie Foster
Two Much Dr. Huffeyer Fernando Trueba
The Fifteen Minute Hamlet Hamlet Todd Louiso Short
Long Island Fever Dr. Motts Stephen Surjik TV Movie
1996 Sgt. Bilko Maj. Ebersole Jonathan Lynn (3)
2 Days in the Valley Ralph Crupi John Herzfeld
The Proprietor Willy Kunst Ismail Merchant
The Associate Aesop Franklin Donald Petrie
The Mirror Has Two Faces Barry Barbra Streisand
1997 Frasier Dr. Dorfman David Lee TV Series (1 Episode)
The Practice Sam Feldberg Dennie Gordon TV Series (1 Episode)
Fired Up Bobby H. James Burrows TV Series (1 Episode)
Trial and Error Judge Paul Z. Graff Jonathan Lynn (4)
Sue Lost in Manhattan Bob Amos Kollek
Liberty! Benjamin Rush Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer TV Mini-Series (2 Episodes)
Amistad Professor Gibbs Steven Spielberg
The Fanatics Eugene Cleft Marc Lasky
A River Made to Drown In Billy James Merendino
1998 Tracey Takes On... Professor Kenneth Hawkins Don Scardino TV Series (1 Episode)
Charlie Hoboken Harry Cedars Thomas F. Mazziotti
1998-99 Homicide: Life on the Street Dr. George Griscom Ed Bianchi, Robert Harmon, Clark Johnson,
Joe Berlinger, Kenneth Fink, Brad Anderson,
Lisa Cholodenko, Keith Samples, Miguel Arteta, Barbara Kopple
TV Series (11 Episodes)
1999 Skirty Winner Francois Truffaut Jeffery M. Bair
Joe the King Winston Frank Whaley
Men of Means Jerry Trask George Mendeluk
The 4th Floor Mr. Collins Josh Klausner
Brokendown Love Story Lucky Sebastian Taylor Short
2000 Homicide: The Movie Dr. George Griscom Jean de Segonzac TV Movie
The Acting Class Bobby Austin Jill Hennessy, Elizabeth Holder
Broke Even Archie David Feldman
The West Wing Barry Haskell Don Scardino (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Fast Food Fast Women George Amos Kollek (2)
The Summer of My Deflowering Susan Streitfeld Short
Clowns Dean Josh Shelov
2001 Queenie in Love Alvin Amos Kollek (3)
The Education of Max Bickford Harry Elodie Keene TV Series (1 Episode)
A Beautiful Mind Thomas King Ron Howard Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Awards Circuit Community Awards - Best Cast Ensemble


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Austin Pendleton About THis Person" The New York Times, accessed April 24, 2015
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Pearl's Vieux Carré Begins Previews Off-Broadway May 12", May 12, 2009
  5. ^ a b "Broadway Listing", accessed April 23, 2015
  6. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. So Chipper, So Smiley, So Upbeat, but Why?" The New York Times, March 21, 1996
  7. ^ [2] The New York Times (subscription requires)
  8. ^ Peobst, Andy. "Austin Pendleton, Cara Reichel to Direct Oberon Theatre's 'Order' and 'Othello'", May 11, 2010
  9. ^ article
  10. ^ Lefkowitz, David. "NY's Circle Rep, Home of Lanford Wilson, Closes After 27 Years", October 8, 1996

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