Austin Pendleton


Actor
Austin Pendleton

About

Birth Place
Warren, Ohio, USA
Born
March 27, 1940

Biography

For over the past 30 years, the diminutive, stage-trained character actor, Austin Pendleton has been cast in film and TV roles that, in an earlier generation, might have been filled by such hand-wringing nervous Nellies as Edward Everett Horton or Franklin Pangborn. He worked at the Williamstown (MA) Theater Festival while attending Yale, then headed for New York after his 1961 graduatio...

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Biography

For over the past 30 years, the diminutive, stage-trained character actor, Austin Pendleton has been cast in film and TV roles that, in an earlier generation, might have been filled by such hand-wringing nervous Nellies as Edward Everett Horton or Franklin Pangborn. He worked at the Williamstown (MA) Theater Festival while attending Yale, then headed for New York after his 1961 graduation. Though hardly a leading man type, he quickly got work, making his off-Broadway debut in 1962's "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad."

Pendleton worked steadily onstage, mostly in New York and New Haven, though he spent the 1966-67 seasons with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. On the East Coast, Pendleton appeared in "Fiddler on the Roof" (1964) as Motel, the tailor, played Leo in "The Little Foxes" (1967), appeared in the title role of "The Last Sweet Days of Isaac" (1970-72) and twice played "Tartuffe" (in 1974 and 1977). He also excelled as a director, helming more than a dozen stage projects in New York, New Haven and Williamstown. In 1981, he directed Elizabeth Taylor's Broadway debut as Regina in "The Little Foxes."

Pendleton has dabbled in TV from time to time, beginning with the variety special "Let's Celebrate" (ABC, 1972). He appeared with Stephen Sondheim in "June Moon" (PBS, 1974) and played Ethel Merman's son in the CBS pilot "You're Gonna Love It Here" (CBS, 1977). Another failed pilot entailed a rare starring role, as a free-spirited PR man in "Big City Boys" (CBS, 1978). A handful of projects followed, including "Love, Long Distance" (CBS, 1985) and Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" (ABC, 1994).

But films have brought Pendleton great acclaim as a busy supporting player. His debut was in Otto Preminger's gangster comedy "Skidoo" (1968) and Pendleton spent the next few years in comedy. He co-starred in Mike Nichols' "Catch-22" (1970), was Ryan O'Neal's prissy boss in Peter Bogdanovich's "What's Up, Doc?" (1972), reteamed with O'Neal in "The Thief Who Came to Dinner" (1973), was an endearing henchman in "The Muppet Movie" (1979) and played Shirley MacLaine's duplicitous chauffeur in "Guarding Tess" (1994). Most of his other films were also-rans, like "First Family" (1980), "Off Beat" (1986), "Hello, Again" (1987) and "Greedy" (1994), but Pendleton's supporting-player status assured that he didn't bear the brunt of critical disdain.

There have been, of course, other opportunities for Pendleton to shine. He had small but memorable roles in James Ivory's "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990) and as a bumbling public defender in "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). The still-busy actor appeared as Holly Hunter's boss in Jodie Foster's second directorial outing, "Home for the Holidays" (1995), played a philandering psychiatrist in "Two Much" (1996) and was featured in Barbra Streisand's "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Sound of Silence (2019)
Finding Dory (2016)
Voice
She's Funny That Way (2015)
He's Way More Famous Than You (2013)
HairBrained (2013)
Game Change (2012)
Omphalos (2012)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Lovely By Surprise (2007)
Raising Flagg (2007)
Glass Houses (2007)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
Southside (2006)
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Strip Search (2004)
James Perley
Finding Nemo (2003)
Gurgle
Uptown Girls (2003)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Thomas King
Manna From Heaven (2001)
Two Digit Doyle
Queenie in Love (2001)
Alvin
The 4th Floor (2000)
Fast Food, Fast Women (2000)
Broke Even (2000)
Homicide: The Movie (2000)
Joe the King (1999)
Charlie Hoboken (1998)
Trial and Error (1997)
River Made to Drown In (1997)
Sue (1997)
Amistad (1997)
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
The Associate (1996)
Two Much (1996)
Dr Huffeyer
The Proprietor (1996)
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Barry
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Greedy (1994)
Guarding Tess (1994)
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
Mr. Nanny (1993)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Four Eyes And Six Guns (1992)
Rain Without Thunder (1992)
Charlie's Ear (1991)
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991)
Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Blind Chess (1989)
Danny
Hello Again (1987)
Junior Lacey
Short Circuit (1986)
Off Beat (1986)
My Man Adam (1985)
Talk to Me (1982)
Richard Patterson
First Family (1980)
Simon (1980)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Starting Over (1979)
The Great Smokey Roadblock (1978)
Guido
The Front Page (1974)
The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972)
Luther
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Frederick Larrabee
Catch-22 (1970)
Colonel Moodus
Skidoo (1968)
The Professor [Fred]
Petulia (1968)
Intern

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Hamlet (2000)
Special Thanks
Antigone/Rites For the Dead (1991)
Thanks

Cast (Special)

Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998)
Long Island Fever (1996)
Doctor of Horror (1995)
Lethal Innocence (1991)
Paul Kent
Love, Long Distance (1985)
Big City Boys (1978)
You're Gonna Love It Here (1977)
June Moon (1974)
Bennie Fox
Let's Celebrate (1972)

Life Events

1962

Off-Broadway debut, "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"

1968

Feature acting debut, "Skiddo"

1972

First major supporting role in a feature, "What's Up, Doc?"

1972

TV debutin the variety special "Let's Celebrate"

1985

TV series debut, "Hometown"

1995

Penned the two character drama "Uncle Bob"; wrote lead role especially for actor George Morfogen

1999

Had cameo as a pawn shop owner in "Joe the King"

2000

Played a theater producer having an affair with a single, thirtysomething waitress in "Fast Food, Fast Women"

2001

"Orson's Shadow", a play based on a true incident involving Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier, produced in Los Angeles

2001

Play "Uncle Bob" produced Off-Broadway

2003

Cast in the feature "Uptown Girls"

2006

Cast in the HBO original film, "The Notorious Bettie Page" starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950's pin-up model

2007

Cast opposite Alan Arkin in director Neal Miller's character-driven comedy drama, "Raising Flagg"

Videos

Movie Clip

Simon (1980) - Epstein, Rats And Chickens Austin Pendleton as Becker leads the team at the comical “Institute For Advanced Concepts” in flattering professor Alan Arkin (title character) into believing he’s being brought on as a colleague, rather than a test subject, introducing Madeline Kahn as Dr. Mallory with a powerful pitch, in writer-director Marshall Brickman’s Simon, 1980.
Simon (1980) - Did You Get The Fluids? Madeline Kahn as scheming Dr. Malllory, with her colleagues at the unglued “Institute For Advanced Concepts” (William Finley, Austin Pendleton, and Wallace Shawn as Eric Van Dongen) confirms she’s collected bodily fluids from Alan Arkin, the unwitting title character, the professor they’re planning to brainwash, who believes he’s conducting his own research, with a sensory deprivation tank, in Marshall Brickman’s Simon, 1980.
Simon (1980) - Institute For Advanced Concepts Opening narration by James Dukas harkens Sleeper, 1973, which writer-director Marshall Brickman wrote with Woody Allen, and introduces Max Wright as Hundertwasser, Wallace Shawn as Van Dongen, Jayant as Barundi, William Finley as Fichlander and Austin Pendleton as the boss Becker, in Simon, 1980, starring Alan Arkin.
Simon (1980) - Dare To Dream! At the unbridled “Institute For Advanced Concepts,” boss Becker (Austin Pendleton) introduces an idea, picked up by Hundertwasser (Max Wright), with help from Wallace Shawn, and Doris the computer (voice of Louise Lasser!), introducing Alan Arkin as the title character professor, director Marshall Brickman shooting on location at Columbia, in Simon, 1980.
What's Up, Doc? (1972) - We've Almost Got That Stammer Cured Already detained by rival Simon (Kenneth Mars), panicked musicologist Howard (Ryan O’Neal) meets Larrabee (Austin Pendleton), provider of the grant for-which they’re competing then, aided by Randy Quaid, finds mischievous Judy (Barbra Streisand) impersonating his fianceè, in What’s Up Doc, 1972.
Skidoo - Induction Tony enters jail and meets cellmates Leech (Michael Constantine) and Professor (Austin Pendleton) in Otto Preminger's Skidoo, 1968.
Skidoo - Trip Early stages of retired mobster Tony Banks' (Jackie Gleason) acid trip, with help from Professor (Austin Pendleton) in Otto Preminger's Skidoo, 1968.
Skidoo - Blue Chips Mickey Rooney is super cool as inmate "Blue Chips" Packard, contacted by Tony (Jackie Gleason) and the Professor (Austin Pendleton) in Skidoo, 1968.

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Companions

Katina Cummings
Wife

Bibliography