March 27, 1940
|Alma mater||Yale University, 1961|
Early life, family and education
Pendleton was born in Warren, Ohio, the son of Thorn Pendleton, who ran a tool company, and Frances (née Manchester) Pendleton, a professional actress. He attended University School, a private all-boys school in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated in the class of 1957. A childhood friend was Roger Ailes, later of Fox News; Pendleton talks about Ailes in the A&E documentary Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes. Pendleton is a 1961 graduate of Yale University, and as a member of the Yale Dramatic Association, collaborated in 1958 with lyricist Peter Bergman in writing two musical plays which starred Philip Proctor: Tom Jones, and Booth Is Back In Town. Proctor and Bergman later formed half of The Firesign Theatre comedy group.
Pendleton first received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof. He 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 as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played 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. In 2007, he appeared as Friar Lawrence in the Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater.
Pendleton wrote the plays Uncle Bob, Booth, and Orson's Shadow, all of which were staged off-Broadway. Uncle Bob had its off-Broadway premiere in 2001 at The SoHo Playhouse, starring George Morfogen—for whom the role of Bob was written—and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who made his New York theatre debut in the production. The critically acclaimed production was directed by Courtney Moorehead and produced by Steven Sendor.
As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes garnered him a Tony Award nomination in 1981. Additional directing credits include The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt (1977), Spoils of War by Michael Weller (1988), and The Size of the World by Charles Evered (1996).
Pendleton is also a member of The Mirror Theater Ltd's Mirror Repertory Company, directing the company's 1984 production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Geraldine Page, Sabra Jones, and Victor Slezak. His play H6R3, a compilation of Henry VI and Richard III in order to make the storyline clearer and strengthen the women's parts, became a benefit production of The Mirror Theater Ltd at the then Promenade Theater in New York. Pendleton played Richard in this performance, Sabra Jones performed Elizabeth, Lynn Redgrave played Mad Margaret, Charles McAteer was Lord Rutland, Geraint Wyn Davies played Henry VI, Daniel Gerroll played Buckingham, and Lisa Pelikan played Lady Anne.
In 2009, Pendleton directed Uncle Vanya, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, at the Classic Stage Company. The same year he directed Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play Vieux Carré at The Pearl Theatre Company. In January and February 2010, Pendleton directed two plays, Bus Stop at the Olney Theater and Golden Age at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. His 2011 directing of Three Sisters won him an Obie Award. In 2012, he directed a production of Detroit at the National Theatre in London.
He currently teaches acting at HB Studio and directing at The New School, both in Greenwich Village. Pendleton has been involved with the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since directing Ralph Pape's Say Goodnight, Gracie for the 1979-80 season, and is currently an ensemble member there. His acting credits at Steppenwolf include Uncle Vanya, Valparaiso, and Educating Rita.
Pendleton is the subject of Starring Austin Pendleton, a documentary in which colleagues including Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olympia Dukakis, Ethan Hawke, and more discuss his life and legacy.
|1962||Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad||Jonathan||Off-Broadway|
|1964||Fiddler on the Roof||Motel||Broadway|
|1966||Hail Scrawdyke!||Irwin Ingham||Broadway|
|1967||The Little Foxes||Leo Hubbard||Broadway|
|1974||An American Millionaire||Professor Bobby Rudetsky||Broadway|
|1975||Goodtime Charley||Charley (standby)||Broadway|
|1976||The Old Glory||Director; off-Broadway|
|1976||The Runner Stumbles||Director; Broadway|
|1978||Say Goodnight Gracie||Director; off-Broadway|
|1980||John Gabriel Borkman||Director; Broadway|
|1981||The Little Foxes||Director (nominated for Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play); Broadway|
|1988||Spoils of War||Director; Broadway|
|1989||Grand Hotel||Otto Kringelein (replacement)||Broadway|
|1996||The Size of the World||Director; off-Broadway|
|1996||900 Oneonta||Director; off-Broadway|
|1997||The Diary of Anne Frank||Mr. Dussel||Broadway|
|2007||Toys in the Attic||Director; off-Broadway|
|2008||Fifty Words||Director; off-Broadway|
|2009||Uncle Vanya||Director; off-Broadway|
|2009||Vieux Carre||Director; off-Broadway|
|2011||Three Sisters||Director (won Obie Award for Directing); off-Broadway|
|2012||Between Riverside and Crazy||Director; off-Broadway|
|2018||Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III||Henry VI||Director; off-Broadway|
|2018||Choir Boy||Mr. Pendleton||Broadway|
|2020||The Minutes||Mr. Oldfield||Broadway|
|2020||Propaganda! The Podcast Musical||Grandpa||Podcast|
|One Life to Live||Unknown||TV Series|
|1970||Catch-22||Lieutenant Colonel Moodus|
|1972||What's Up, Doc?||Frederick Larrabee|
|Every Little Crook and Nanny||Luther|
|Love, American Style||Barney Dereemus||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1973||The Thief Who Came to Dinner||Zukovsky|
|Love, American Style||Leo||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1974||Good Times||Donald Hargrove||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|The Front Page||Earl Williams|
|Great Performances||Bennie||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1976||Diary of the Dead||Dr. Klein|
|1977||You're Gonna Love It Here||Harry Rogers||TV Movie|
|The Great Smokey Roadblock||Guido|
|1978||Big City Boys||Harry Buckman||TV Movie|
|1979||The Muppet Movie||Max|
|1980||Simon||Dr. Carl Becker|
|First Family||Dr. Alexander Grade|
|1983||Great Performances||White Rabbit||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|St. Elsewhere||Mr. Entertainment||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1984||Talk to Me||Richard Patterson|
|St. Elsewhere||Mr. Entertainment||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1985||Love, Long Distance||Dr. Arthur Ruskin||TV Movie|
|My Man Adam||Mr. Greenhut|
|1986||Miami Vice||Max Rogo||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Off Beat||Gun Shop Salesman|
|Short Circuit||Howard Marner|
|1987||Leg Work||Harold Rodman||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Hello Again||Junior Lacey|
|1988||Spenser: For Hire||The Professor||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1986-1989||The Equalizer||Jonah||TV Series (3 Episodes)|
|1989||The Cosby Show||Mr. Kensington||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|B.L. Stryker||Danny Lennox||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Anything But Love||Max Templeton||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1990||American Dreamer||Unknown||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|21 Jump Street||Mr. Trysla||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Mr. and Mrs. Bridge||Mr. Gadbury|
|1991||The Ballad of the Sad Café||Lawyer Taylor|
|True Identity||Othello's Director|
|Lethal Innocence||Paul Kent||TV Movie|
|1992||My Cousin Vinny||John Gibbons|
|Murder, She Wrote||Barney Gunderson||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Rain Without Thunder||Catholic Priest|
|Charlie's Ear||Harold Blodgett|
|Four Eyes and Six Guns||Mustached Passenger||TV Movie|
|Do You Like Women?||Unknown|
|1993||Mr. Nanny||Alex Mason Sr.|
|My Boyfriend's Back||Dr. Bronson|
|Searching for Bobby Fischer||Asa Hoffmann|
|Guarding Tess||Earl Fowler|
|The Cosby Mysteries||Maynard Caldwell||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Don't Drink the Water||Chef Oscar||TV Movie|
|1995||Tales from the Crypt||Orloff||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|New York News||Unknown||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Home for the Holidays||Peter Arnold|
|Two Much||Dr. Huffeyer|
|The Fifteen Minute Hamlet||Hamlet||Short|
|Long Island Fever||Dr. Motts||TV Movie|
|1996||Sgt. Bilko||Major Ebersole|
|2 Days in the Valley||Ralph Crupi|
|The Proprietor||Willy Kunst|
|The Associate||Aesop Franklin|
|The Mirror Has Two Faces||Barry|
|1997||Frasier||Dr. Dorfman||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|The Practice||Sam Feldberg||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Fired Up||Bobby H.||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Trial and Error||Judge Paul Z. Graff|
|Sue Lost in Manhattan||Bob|
|Liberty!||Benjamin Rush||TV Mini-Series (2 Episodes)|
|The Fanatics||Eugene Cleft|
|A River Made to Drown In||Billy|
|1998||Tracey Takes On...||Professor Kenneth Hawkins||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Charlie Hoboken||Harry Cedars|
|1998-1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Dr. George Griscom||TV Series (11 Episodes)|
|1999||Skirty Winner||François Truffaut|
|Joe the King||Winston|
|Men of Means||Jerry Trask|
|The 4th Floor||Mr. Collins|
|Brokendown Love Story||'Lucky'||Short|
|2000||Homicide: The Movie||Dr. George Griscom||TV Movie|
|The Acting Class||Bobby Austin|
|The West Wing||Barry Haskell||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Fast Food Fast Women||George|
|The Summer of My Deflowering||Unknown||Short|
|2001||Queenie in Love||Alvin|
|The Education of Max Bickford||Harry||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|A Beautiful Mind||Thomas King||Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
Nominated - Awards Circuit Community Awards - Best Cast Ensemble
|1998-2002||Oz||William Giles||TV Series (11 episodes)|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Horace Gorman||Season 5, Episode 9: "Control"|
|Uptown Girls||Mr. McConkey|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Marty|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. John Manotti||Season 4, Episode 9: "Inert Dwarf"|
|2006||Raising Flagg||Gus Falk|
|2010||Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||Dr. Masters|
|2011||Person of Interest||Pilcher||Episode: "Foe"|
|2012||Game Change||Senator Joe Lieberman||TV film|
|2013||Black Box||William Peters|
|2014||She's Funny That Way||Judge Pendergast|
|2015||Difficult People||Austin Pendleton|
|2016||Starring Austin Pendleton||Himself||Documentary|
|2019||The Sound of Silence||Robert Feinway|
|2020||The Mimic||The Driver|
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