Gary Austin


Birthday October 18, 1941

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Duncan, OK

DEATH DATE Apr 1, 2017 (75)

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Theatre director best known as the founder of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Groundlings. He was known as one of the most influential teachers of improv comedy in the United States. 

Before Fame

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University.


His world-famous group The Groundlings has produced noteworthy comedians like Kristen Wiig and Conan O'Brien

Family Life

He grew up in California and Oklahoma.

Associated With

Once his comedy troupe The Groundlings became famous, comics like Phil Hartman were required to audition to be a part of the group.