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 76)
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 Thorn Pendleton, who ran a tool company, and Frances Manchester Pendleton, a professional actress. 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 Sarsgaard, 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]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Petulia Intern
One Life to Live TV Series
Skidoo Fred
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
Starting Over Paul
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
1994 Greedy Hotel Clerk
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)
Amistad Professor Gibbs
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
Broke Even Archie
The West Wing Barry Haskell TV Series (1 Episode)
Fast Food Fast Women George
The Summer of My Deflowering Short
Clowns Dean
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
2003 Finding Nemo Gurgle Voice
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 Finding Dory Gurgle Voice


  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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