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Gary Austin (II) (1941–2017)

Gary Austin is the founder and original director of The Groundlings, Los Angeles' premier character-based improv company, which began in 1974. Many of "Saturday Night Live's" actors and writers have come from The Groundlings. He began his professional career as a performing member of San Francisco's famed improv company, The Committee, where he ... See full bio »
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 2013 We've Got Balls
Mayor Dawson Dinwitty
 1986 Wildcats
 1980 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
Second Assistant Director (Groundling)
 1976 Cannonball!
 1973 Steelyard Blues
Guard in Jeep
 1971 THX 1138
Man in Yellow
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 1975 Lily (TV Special)
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 2017 Nobodies (TV Series) (in memory of - 1 episode)
- Seeing Someone (2017) ... (in memory of)
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 2015 Friend or Foe (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Interview with Gary Austin (2015) ... Himself - Guest

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As The Groundlings' artistic director, performer and teacher of improv skills, he would help shape modern comedy, introducing to the world such performers as Laraine Newman, Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens who, with Hartman by his side, developed his Pee-wee Herman character during his stint at The Groundlings. See more »

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