Austin was a member of the Scroll and Key Society while attending Yale.
Austin graduated from Yale University in 1961.
Austin is a member of the Williamstown Festival Theatre.
Austin studied acting at HB Studio under Uta Hagen.
Austin made his stage debut in the play Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad.
Austin made his Broadway stage debut with the original company of Fiddler on the Roof.
Austin is married to actress Katrina Commings. The two married in 1970.
Austin won the 1970 Drama Desk Award for Oustanding Performance. He won for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac.
Austin made his feature film debut in Skidoo.
Austin taught acting at Yale in the late 1970s.
Austin was nominated for a Tony Award in 1981 for Best Direction of a Play. He was nominated for The Little Foxes.
Austin has been a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre since 1987.
Austin began writing plays at the age of fifty.
Austin was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2002 for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. He was nominated for A Beautiful Mind.
Austin teaches acting at the HB Studio.
Austin served as the last artistic director of the Circle Repertory Theater.
Austin has wrote the following plays:
Austin has directed the following plays:
-The Little Foxes
-Spoils of War
-The Runner Stumbles
-The Size of the World
-Say Goodnight Gracie
Austin has appeared in the following plays:
-The Last Sweet Days of Isaac
-Romeo and Juliet
-Fiddler on the Roof
-The Diary of Anne Frank
-The Lives of Bosie
-Mother Courage and her Children
-The Sunset Limited
-The Little Foxes
-Up from Paradise
[On his favorite romantic song]
Austin Pendleton: I like those two arias at the end of the first act of La Boheme. I forget what they're called—first Rodolfo sings one and then Mimi sings. I cry like a girl when I hear them. I like "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" from Pal Joey by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and I like the character of Fosca singing "Loving You" from Stephen Sondheim's Passion. I wish I had cheesy stories to go with these. Maybe I could make one up.