Jack Austin appeared in several series for Granada Television in the early to mid 1960s including The Younger Generation, Saki, The Villains, The Man in Room 17 and The Fellows before appearing in Coronation Street in September 1965 as Mr Hedges, one month after guesting in The Brain Drain, the final episode of the first season of the Coronation Street spin-off Pardon the Expression in 1965 as Mr Maxwell, a potential employer attending a jobs fair at Brookfield High School for girls.

The following year he was back in the Street in April 1966 as Don Crawshaw and in the same month appeared in Pardon... as a Clerk of the Court in the second season episode Between the Covers.