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Austin Pendleton


Austin Pendleton began his artistic relationship with Steppenwolf by directing Say Goodnight, Gracie for the 1979-1980 season. In addition to directing at Steppenwolf, Austin has appeared as an actor in such productions as The Crucible, Uncle Vanya, Valparaiso, The Sunset Limited (also Off-Broadway) and Educating Rita (also Off-Broadway). His film work is as diverse as A Beautiful Mind, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge and The Muppet Movie. Television appearances include episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, OZ and Homicide. His award-winning plays include Three Sisters, Booth, Uncle Bob and Orson's Shadow, which received its world premiere in the Steppenwolf Garage.

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Wall Street 2; Picadilly Jim; Dirty Work; Finding Nemo<;>A Beautiful Mind; Queenie in Love; Manna from Heaven; Mr. and Mrs. Bridge; What's Up Doc; Joe the King; The Associate; Trial and Error; Amistad; Sue; The Muppet Movie, My Cousin Vinny; Christmas with the Kranks.


Actor Broadway: The Diary of Anne Frank; Doubles; Hail Strawdyke; Fiddler on the Roof? Actor Off-Broadway: The Sunset Limited; Richard II; Hamlet; Richard III; The Last Sweet Days of Isaac; Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Actor Regional: King Lear, Waiting for Godot (New Repertory Theatre); The Black Monk (Samuel Beckett Theatre); Love Drunk (Abingdon Theatre). Director Off-Broadway: The Little Foxes; Spoils of War; The Runner Stumbles; Fifty Words; Uncle Vanya; Vieux Carre; Golden Age; Bus Stop frequent directing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Director Chicago: A Minister's Wife (Writers') Playwright and Actor: Orson's Shadow (Chicago Center for the Performing Arts and Barrow Street Theatre); Booth (Writers' Theater Chicago)


Homicide (NBC); Oz (HBO); The Fourth Floor (HBO); Liberty (PBS).


L.A. Drama Critics Award - Best Writing (Orson's Shadow); Clarence Derwent Award (Hail Strawdyke); Obie Award (The Last Sweet Days of Isaac).

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Austin Pendleton

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