Pendleton, Austin 1940–

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PENDLETON, Austin 1940


Born March 27, 1940, in Warren, OH; married Katina Commings, 1969; children: Audrey Christine. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1961; trained for the stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival, 195758; studied acting with Uta Hagen.

Addresses: Agent Melisa Spamer, Metropolitan Talent Agency, 4526 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010; Blake Agency, 1333 Ocean Ave., Suite J, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, member of company, 196667; Studio Arena Theatre Company, Buffalo, NY, member of company, 196869; Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, member of company, 197172; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL, affiliate, 1979, member of ensemble company; Mirror Repertory Company, New York City, director, 1984; Riverside Shakespeare Company, New York City, associate director, 198889; Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, artistic director, 199596; Blue Light Theatre Company, associate artist and member of advisory board. Acting teacher at Yale University, 1970s, and at Circle in the Square Theatre School and Herbert Berghof Studio.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Awards, Honors: Clarence Derwent Award, 1967, for Hail Scrawdyke!; Obie Award, best actor, Village Voice, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and New York Drama Critics Poll Award, all 1970, for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best director of a drama, 1981, for The Little Foxes; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture (with others), 2002, for A Beautiful Mind.


Stage Appearances:

Jonathan Rosepettle, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Motel, Fiddler on the Roof, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Irwin Ingham, Hail Scrawdyke!, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Leo Hubbard, The Little Foxes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York City, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 19671968.

Isaac, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac, Eastside Playhouse, New York City, 1970, then Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1971.

Charles, American Glands, New Dramatists Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Professor Bobby Rudetsky, An American Millionaire, Joseph E. Levine Theatre, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1974.

Title role, Tartuffe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1974.

Little Egolf, New York City, 1974.

The Government Inspector, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1975.

Standby for Charley, Goodtime Charley (musical), Palace Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Frederick the Great, The Sorrows of Frederick the Great, American Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1976.

The Runner Stumbles, Broadway production, 1976.

Title role, Tartuffe, Hartman Theatre, 1977.

Tusenbach, Three Sisters, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1977.

Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1977.

Estragon, Waiting for Godot, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1978.

Jack, The Office Murders, Quaigh Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Bashmachkin, The Overcoat, Westside Mainstage Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Uncle Vanya, The Whole Theatre, Montclair, NJ, 1982.

Adam, Up from Paradise, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1983.

After the Fall, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1984.

The Sorrows of Frederick, Whole Theatre, 1985.

Arnie, Doubles, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Shostakovich, Master Class, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Frank, Educating Rita, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Westside Theatre Upstairs, New York City, 1987.

Voitski, Uncle Vanya, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 19871988.

Title role, Philoctetes, Intar Hispanic American Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Erie Smith, "Hughie," Serious Company: An Evening of OneAct Plays, Apple Corps Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Title role, Hamlet, Riverside Shakespeare Company, 165 West 86th Street Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Otto Kringelein, Grand Hotel (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, between 1989 and 1992.

Ivanov, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 19901991.

Frederick the Great, The Sorrows of Frederick, Kampo Cultural Center, New York City, 1991.

Harry Berlin, What about Luv?, York Theatre Company, Church of the Heavenly Rest Theatre, New York City, 19911992.

Il Signor Barranco, A Joke, Sanford Meisner Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Priest, "Show," The Best American Short Play Series, Evening Two, Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1993.

Jeremy, Jeremy Rudge, Mint Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Whitey McCoy, Sophistry, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Eric, The Imposter, Workhouse Theatre, New York City, 19951996.

Title role, Richard III, New Perspectives Theatre Company, New York City, 1997.

Mr. Dussel, The Diary of Anne Frank, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, 1997, then Music Box Theatre, New York City, 19971998.

Michael Majeski, Valparaiso, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2000.

King Lear, New Repertory Theatre, Newton Highlands, MA, 2000.

"Undecided," New Cabaret Acts and Revues, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Players Club Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Title role, Richard II, West Park Auditorium, New York City, 2001.

The Chekhov Cycle, Nikos Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2003.

Appeared in the title role, Keats, offBroadway production; also appeared offBroadway in The Loop, Say Goodnight, Gracie, The ShowOff, and Two Character Play.

Major Tours:

Toured as the senator in Finian's Rainbow; also toured with American Conservatory Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA, 19661967.

Stage Director:

Shelter (musical), John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1973.

The Master Builder, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1973.

The Runner Stumbles, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1974.

The Scarecrow, Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1975.

The Runner Stumbles, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, 19761978.

Benito Cereno, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Misalliance, Academy Festival Theatre, Lake Forest, IL, 1976.

The Old Glory, American Place Theatre, 1976.

The Gathering, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1977.

Say Goodnight, Gracie, 78th Street Theatre Lab, New York City, 1979.

John Gabriel Borkman, Circle in the Square, New York City, 19801981.

The Little Foxes, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Mass Appeal, York Theatre Company, Chancel of the Church of Heavenly Rest, New York City, 1984.

After the Fall, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1984.

Alterations, Chelsea Playhouse, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Fathers and Sons, Long Wharf Theatre, 19871988.

Spoils of War, Second Stage Theatre, McGinnCazale Theatre, then Music Box Theatre, both New York City, 1988.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson, 19911992.

Admissions, New Perspectives Theatre, New York City, 1995.

The Size of the World, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1996.

The Sea Gull, Blue Light Theatre Company, Theatre Four, New York City, 1998.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Intern, Petulia, 1968.

Fred, Skidoo, Paramount, 1968.

Lieutenant Colonel Moodus, Catch22, Paramount, 1970.

Oven 350, 1970.

Frederick Larrabee, What's Up, Doc?, Warner Bros., 1972.

Luther, Every Little Crook and Nanny, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1972.

Zukovsky, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Warner Bros., 1972.

Earl Williams, The Front Page, Universal, 1974.

Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1974.

Guido, The Great Smokey Roadblock (also known as The Last of the Cowboys ), Cinema Arts Associated, 1976.

Max, The Muppet Movie, Associated Film Distributors, 1979.

Paul, Starting Over, Paramount, 1979.

Dr. Carl Becker, Simon, Warner Bros., 1980.

Dr. Alexander Grade, First Family, Warner Bros., 1980.

Dr. Klein, Diary of the Dead, 1980.

Richard Patterson, Talk to Me, 1982.

Mr. Greenhut, My Man Adam, TriStar, 1985.

Gun shop salesperson, Off Beat, Buena Vista, 1986.

Howard Marner, Short Circuit, TriStar, 1986.

Junior Lacey, Hello Again, Buena Vista, 1987.

Mr. Gadbury, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Miramax, 1990.

Lawyer Taylor, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Channel Four Films, 1991.

(Uncredited) Director of Othello, True Identity, 1991.

Catholic priest, Rain without Thunder, Taz Pictures, 1992.

Charlie's Ear, 1992.

John Gibbons, My Cousin Vinny, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1992.

Do You Like Women?, 1992.

Asa Hoffman, Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves ), Paramount, 1993.

Dr. Bronson, My Boyfriend's Back (also known as Johnny Zombie ), Buena Vista, 1993.

Alex Mason, Sr., Mr. Nanny, New Line Cinema, 1993.

Hotel clerk, Greedy, Universal, 1994.

Earl Fowler, Guarding Tess, TriStar, 1994.

Hamlet, The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, Cincine 19, 1995.

Peter Arnold, Home for the Holidays, Paramount, 1995.

Dr. Huffeyer, Two Much (also known as Loco de amor ), Buena Vista, 1996.

Major Ebersole, Sergeant Bilko (also known as Sgt. Bilko ), Universal, 1996.

Ralph Crupi, Two Days in the Valley, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1996.

Willy Kunst, The Proprietor (also known as Le proprietaire ), Warner Bros., 1996.

Aesop, The Associate, Buena Vista, 1996.

Barry, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1996.

Himself, The Extra, 1996.

Bob, Sue (also known as Sue Lost in Manhattan ), AMKO Productions, 1997.

Professor Gibbs, Amistad, DreamWorks, 1997.

Judge Paul Z. Graff, Trial and Error, New Line Cinema, 1997.

Billy, A River Made to Drown In, 1997.

Eugene Cleft, The Fanatics (also known as Fumbleheads ), 1997.

Jerry Trask, Men of Means, Maverick Entertainment, 1998.

Harry Cedars, Charlie Hoboken, Northern Arts Entertainment, 1998.

Winston, Joe the King (also known as Joe Henry and Pleasant View Avenue ), Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Lucky, Brokendown Love Story, 1999.

"Angela," The Summer of My Deflowering (also known as Erotic Tales IV and Tagebuch einer Verfuehrung ), Atlas International, 2000.

Dean, Clowns, DPI Entertainment, 2000.

Archie, Broke Even, 2000.

Bobby Austin, The Acting Class, 2000.

George, Fast Food, Fast Women, Lot 47 Films, 2001.

Alvin, Queenie in Love, Pyramide, 2001.

Two Digit Doyle, Manna from Heaven, Five Sisters Productions/R.S. Entertainment, 2001.

Thomas King, A Beautiful Mind, Universal, 2001.

Mr. Turner, Wishcraft, Wishcraft LLC, 2002.

Jaurice, Sex & Violence, Sneak Preview Entertainment, 2002.

Gus Falk, Counting Sheep, Oregon Creative/Rubicon Film Productions, 2002.

Voice of Gurgle, Finding Nemo (animated), Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. George Griscom, a recurring role, Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide ), NBC, 19981999.

William Giles, a recurring role, Oz, HBO, 19982002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Dr. Benjamin Rush, Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Passenger with a moustache, Four Eyes and SixGuns, TNT, 1992.

Chef Oscar, Don't Drink the Water, ABC, 1994.

Albert Collins, The 4th Floor, HBO, 1999.

Dr. George Griscom, Homicide: The Movie, NBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Let's Celebrate, ABC, 1972.

Bennie Fox, June Moon, PBS, 1974.

Himself, "The Film Society of Lincoln Center: A Tribute to Billy Wilder," Live from Lincoln Center, 1982.

The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, PBS, 1983.

Paul Kent, "Lethal Innocence" (also known as "The Vermont/Cambodia Story"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1991.

Interviewee, Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Love and the Caller," Love, American Style, 1972.

"Love and the Pretty Secretary," Love, American Style, 1973.

Donald Hargrove, "The I.Q. Test," Good Times, 1974.

Bob Moran (Mr. Entertainment), "Vanity," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983.

Bob Moran (Mr. Entertainment), "Under Pressure," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983.

Hometown, 1985.

Max Rogo, "Yankee Dollar," Miami Vice, NBC, 1986.

Jonah, "Nightscape," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Jonah, "Solo," The Equalizer, CBS, 1987.

Harold Rodman, "The Best Couple I Know," Leg Work, 1987.

The professor, "The Big Fight," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988.

Danny, "Blind Chess," B. L. Stryker, ABC, 1989.

Jonah, "The Sins of Our Fathers," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.

Mr. Kensington, "Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten," The Cosby Show, 1989.

"Mr. Mom," Anything But Love, ABC, 1990.

"Flight of the Dodo," American Dreamer, 1990.

Barney Gunderson, "Angel of Death," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991.

Maynard Caldwell, "One Day at a Time," The Cosby Mysteries, 1994.

"Cost of Living," New York News, 1995.

Dr. Orloff, "Doctor of Horror," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1995.

Dr. Dorfman, "Three Days of the Condo," Frasier, NBC, 1997.

Sam Feldberg, "Part VI," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Bobby H., "The Next Day," Fired Up, NBC, 1997.

Professor Kenneth Hawkins, "Age," Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1998.

Barry Haskell, "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics," The West Wing, NBC, 2000.

"Let's Make a Night of It," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

"It's Not the Wrapping, It's the Candy," The Education of Max Bickford, CBS, 2001.

Al Cox, "Babies," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Mr. Piltdown, "The Christmas Watch," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Harry Rogers, You're Gonna Love It Here, CBS, 1977.

Harry Buckman, Big City Boys, CBS, 1978.

Dr. Arthur Ruskin, Love, Long Distance, 1985.

Dr. Mott, Long Island Fever, ABC, 1996.

Sick in the Head, Fox, 1999.

Television Work; Specials:

Director (with Patterson Denny), Say Goodnight, Gracie, PBS, 1983.



Booth Is Back, produced at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 19911992.

Booth, produced at York Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's, New York City, 1994.

Uncle Bob (twoact), produced at Mint Theatre, New York City, 1995, then Soho Playhouse, New York City, 2001.

Orson's Shadow (twoact), produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, then Main Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, both 2000.


Writer of an episode for the series Hometown.



Back Stage, June 12, 1998, p. 33.