6' 4" Austin Basis was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in a small beach community called Sea Gate. After considering becoming a baseball player and then a doctor, Austin starred in several school productions, and his future as an actor seemed certain. He attended a Mark Twain J.H.S. for the Gifted & Talented and went on to a Medical Science program at Midwood Highschool at Brooklyn College, where he performed in the annual SING competitions. His higher education consisted of a BA in Theater at Binghampton University, followed by an MFA in Acting at the Actors Studio Drama School, where, soon after graduating, he became a lifetime member. Basis's big break came in 2004 when he was cast in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent
, after which he appeared in numerous commercials, going on to win various significant roles in film and television. Austin now lives in North Hollywood, and writes and draws, in addition to his acting work.