Fast Facts

  • As a child, he became interested in acting through his mother, who started a community theater group that rehearsed in their home.
  • Studied acting at New York's HB Studio under Uta Hagen.
  • Made his Broadway debut with the original company of Fiddler on the Roof in 1964.
  • Won an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in 1970's The Last Sweet Days of Isaac.
  • An in-demand character actor who is best known to mainstream audiences for his turn as a reluctant villain in 1979's The Muppet Movie.
  • Started writing plays at age 50.
  • Joined Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1979.

Awards

  • 1981, Tony — Director (Play): Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Katina Commings — Wife
  • Thorn Pendleton — Father
  • Frances Pendleton — Mother
  • Audrey Christine Pendleton — Daughter

College

  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (BA, 1961)

Details

  • Birth Place: Warren, OH
  • Birthday: March 27, 1940, Aries
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Stage director
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