A mainstay in American independent films during the mid- to late 2000s, character actor Austin Basis appeared in a series of supporting roles in projects including Tennyson Bardwell's coming-of-age comedy drama Dorian Blues (2004), Rob Hedden's offbeat sports comedy Boxboarders! (2006), and Grace Lee's horror comedy mockumentary American Zombie (2007). Basis would continue to remain an active force on screen in the years to come, most notably appearing on shows like Life Unexpected.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Grew up in the Sea Gate community, located at the western end of the Coney Island boardwalk.
- Childhood aspirations included playing catcher for the New York Mets and becoming a doctor.
- Performed in school plays from kindergarten through college, and starred in Binghamton University productions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I Hate Hamlet.
- Played junior varsity basketball and varsity baseball and soccer in college.
- First paid acting job was a corporate training CD-ROM; subsequently appeared in commercials for Dr. Pepper, State Farm, Burger King and AT&T, among others.
- Made his feature debut in the 2004 indie comedy Dorian Blues.
- Landed his first series-regular role on the CW drama Life Unexpected.