Austin Purnell

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Attended Wesleyan University (BA; Theater) and received MFA from NYU-Tisch School of Graduate Acting. Grandson of Willie Cook, trumpeter for Duke Ellington. Austin Appeared in 12 Years A Slave alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Fassbender, and worked as the acting coach for the Oscar-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild. ... See full bio »

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Casting Department
Money Matters Art Department


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 2021 Distanced (TV Mini Series)
 2018 8 Million Miles from Hintahood (Short)
 2017 The Golden Goose (Short)
 2014 Do the Damn Thing (Short)
 2013 Black Nativity
Langston's Father (uncredited)
 2013 12 Years a Slave
 2010 Treme (TV Series)
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 2009 More Than Walking (Documentary short)
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 2011/I Money Matters (assistant property master)
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 2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild (casting: Louisiana)
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 2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild (cast liason)
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 2021 Philly D.A. (TV Series documentary) (special thanks - 8 episodes)
- Episode #1.8 (2021) ... (special thanks)
- Episode #1.7 (2021) ... (special thanks)
- Episode #1.6 (2021) ... (special thanks)
- Episode #1.5 (2021) ... (special thanks)
- Episode #1.4 (2021) ... (special thanks)

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