Pendleton backstage at the Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York City, August, 2006.
|Born||Austin Campbell Pendleton
March 27, 1940
Warren, Ohio, U.S.
Life and career
Pendleton was born in Warren, Ohio, the son of Thorn Pendleton, who ran a tool company, and Frances Manchester Pendleton, a professional actress. Pendleton is a graduate of Yale University, School of Drama.
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, New York City. In 2007, he appeared as Friar Lawrence in the Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater.
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 6 and Richard 3 together 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 V1, 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 Theatre 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, England.
He currently teaches acting at the 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.
|1964||Fiddler on the Roof||Motel|
|1966||Hail Scrawdyke!||Irwin Ingham|
|1967||The Little Foxes||Leo Hubbard|
|1974||An American Millionaire||Professer Bobby Rudetsky|
|1975||Goodtime Charley||Charley (standby)|
|1976||The Runner Stumbles||Director|
|1980||John Gabriel Borkman||Director|
|1981||The Little Foxes||Director (nominated for Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play)|
|1988||Spoils of War||Director|
|1989||Grand Hotel||Otto Kringelein (replacement)|
|1997||The Diary of Anne Frank||Mr. Dussel|
|1976||The Old Glory||Director|
|1978||Say Goodnight Gracie||Director|
|1996||The Size of the World||Director|
|2007||Toys in the Attic||Director|
|2011||Three Sisters||Director (won Obie Award for Directing)|
|2012||Between Riverside and Crazy||Director|
|One Life to Live||TV Series|
|1970||Catch-22||Lt. Col. 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)|
|1986-89||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||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||TV Movie|
|Do You Like Women?|
|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||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||Maj. 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|
|1998-99||Homicide: Life on the Street||Dr. George Griscom||TV Series (11 Episodes)|
|1999||Skirty Winner||Francois 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||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
|Uptown Girls||Mr. McConkey|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Marty|
|2010||Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||Dr. Masters|
|2012||Game Change||Senator Joe Lieberman||TV film|
|2013||Black Box||William Peters|
|2014||She's Funny That Way||Judge Pendergast|
|2016||Starring Austin Pendleton||Himself||Documentary|
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