Sean Astin

BirthDay:

25 Feb 1971

BirthPlace:

Santa Monica, California, USA

BirthName:

Sean Patrick Duke

Bio:

Sean Astin is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (1993), and for his role as the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

Astin was born Sean Patrick Duke on February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California. His mother was actress Patty Duke. At the time of his birth, his biological father was believed to be entertainer Desi Arnaz Jr., but Astin discovered through a DNA test in the 1990s that his biological father is music promoter Michael Tell, who was married to Patty Duke in 1970. Sean was raised by his stepfather, actor John Astin, who married Patty Duke in 1972 and whose surname Sean took. Sean's mother was of Irish and more distant German ancestry, and Sean's biological father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.

At age nine, Sean starred with his mother in the after-school special Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981). Followed by Sean's feature debut The Goonies (1985) and since then, he has had a steady stream of roles. Starring in Toy Soldiers (1991), Where the Day Takes You (1991), Rudy (1993) and Harrison Bergeron (1995). He directed and co-produced the short film Kangaroo Court (1994), which was nominated in the best short film category at The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995). Sean's adoptive father John Astin was nominated for the same award in 1969.

Politically, Sean has been very active having served in two non-partisan Presidential appointments. Sean also hosts a live weekly 2 hour in-studio bi-partisan political radio talk show, 'Vox Populi Radio' which was made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013.

In 2004, Sean broke into the publishing world and authored the NY Times Best Selling release of There and Back Again a memoir of his film career (co-written with Joe Layden).

Sean attended Crossroads High School for the Arts and studied with the famous Stella Adler. He graduated with honors from UCLA; B.A. in History & B.A. in English American Literature and Culture. Sean is married to Christine Astin, his co-producer on Kangaroo Court (1994). The couple lives in Los Angeles.
Filmography

Actor ( 160 credits )

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017) Headmaster Nash
Swing State (2016) Bob Bernard
Unleashed (2016) Carl
Range 15 (2016) Pilot Grigsby
The Do-Over (2016)
Espionage TV (2016) Sam Jacobson
Dead Ant (2016) Art
Bunnicula (2016)  Chester (7 episodes, 2016)
Woodlawn (2015) Hank
Do You Believe? (2015) Dr. Farell
The Dramatics: A Comedy (2015) Alex Wilson Dixon
Con Man (2015)  Sean Astin (3 episodes, 2015)
The Hero of Color City (2014) Horatio (voice)
The Surface (2014) Mitch
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014) Porter
Ribbit (2014) Ribbit
Moms' Night Out (2014) Sean
Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) Tanner
The Strain (2014)  Jim Kent (4 episodes, 2014)
The Noite com Danilo Gentili (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Shark Cage (2014)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014)  Blaze (2 episodes, 2015)
The Freemason (2013) Leon Weed
Extraction (2013) Kyle Black
Out West (2013) Cal Calhoun
The Best (2013)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Sofia the First (2013)  Benngee (2 episodes, 2015)
Amazing Love (2012) Stuart
Craptastic! (2012) Matt Foster
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012) Frack
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)  Raphael (52 episodes, 2012-2014)
Katie (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Christine (2012)  Art (1 episode, 2012)
Tweet Out (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015)
PoliticKING (2012)  Himself - guest (1 episode, 2015)
And They're Off (2011) Dusty
Demoted (2011) Mike
Franklin & Bash (2011)  Steven Piper (1 episode, 2012)
Alphas (2011)  Mitchel Morgan (2 episodes, 2012)
Face Off (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
The Project (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Chew (2011)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps (2011)  Special Agent Oso (1 episode, 2011)
Filmed in Utah (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Visionado obligado (2011)  Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee (archive footage) (1 episode, 201
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010) Himself
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Michael 'Mikey' Walsh (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Hollywood Treasure (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Adventures at Comic-Con San Diego (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) Meerkat Manor Narrator (voice)
Stay Cool (2009) Big Girl
Special Agent Oso (2009)  Special Agent Oso / ... (22 episodes, 2009-2012)
Spirit of the Forest (2008) Furi (voice)
Forever Strong (2008) Marcus Tate
The Final Season (2007) Kent Stock
What Love Is (2007) George
Borderland (2007) Randall
My Wife Is Retarded (2007) Jeff
5 Second Movies (2007)  Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee (archive footage) (2 episodes, 20
Click (2006) Bill
Love and Debate (2006) Coach Amal
Asterix and the Vikings (2006) Justforkix (voice)
Space Top 10 Countdown (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Smile (2005) Mr. Matthews
Bigger Than the Sky (2005) Ken Zorbell
Slipstream (2005) Stuart Conway
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) Kip Kipling
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005) Himself
My Name Is Earl (2005)  Rick (1 episode, 2007)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
20 to 1 (2005)  Sam (1 episode, 2010)
Meerkat Manor (2005)  Narrator / ... (14 episodes, 2007)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Gallagher / ... (1 episode, 2011)
E! Hollywood Hold'em (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) Aaron
Film Trix 2004 (2004) Himself
50 First Dates (2004) Doug Whitmore
Higglytown Heroes (2004)  Pix the Elf Hero (1 episode, 2004)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
McEnroe (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
California Sea Lions (2004) Narrator (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Sam
NCIS (2003)  Tyler Elliott (1 episode, 2012)
Las Vegas (2003)  Lloyd Campbell (1 episode, 2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
4Pop (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Snowflake Bentley (2003) Narrator (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
Monk (2002)  Paul Buchanan (1 episode, 2007)
Jeremiah (2002)  Mister Smith (15 episodes, 2003-2004)
The Wayne Brady Show (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Frids film (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
24 (2001)  Lynn McGill (10 episodes, 2006)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 2002)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Last Producer (2000) Bo Pomerantz
Icebreaker (2000) Matt Foster
Bull (2000)  Larry Snow (1 episode, 2000)
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Kimberly (1999) Bob
Deterrence (1999) Ralph
The Sky Is Falling (1999) Mr. Schwartz
The Mike & Ben Show (1999)  Himself
Boy Meets Girl (1998) Mike
Bulworth (1998) Gary
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2003)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
SM:TV Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The View (1997)  Himself (4 episodes, 2004-2009)
Perversions of Science (1997)  Taylor (1 episode, 1997)
The Long Way Home (1997) Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Natur
Courage Under Fire (1996) Patella
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Low Life (1995) Andrew
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Safe Passage (1994) Izzy Singer
Teresa's Tattoo (1994) Step-Brother (uncredited)
Rudy (1993) Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 1993-2003)
Encino Man (1992) Dave
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Toy Soldiers (1991) Billy Tepper
Where the Day Takes You (1991) Greg
The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991)  Dylan (4 episodes, 1992)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2004)
The Willies (1990) Michael
Memphis Belle (1990) Sgt. Richard "Rascal" Moore
Law & Order (1990)  Pastor Hensley (1 episode, 2008)
The War of the Roses (1989) Josh at 17
Staying Together (1989) Duncan McDermott
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Great Sports Vacations (1989) (1 episode, 1993)
Like Father Like Son (1987) Clarence / Trigger
White Water Summer (1987) Alan
Biography (1987) (1 episode, 2003)
I'm Telling! (1987)  Himself - Contestant (1 episode, 1988)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Goonies (1985) Mikey
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
National Geographic Explorer (1985)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 2001)
20/20 (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Praise the Lord (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Leonard Kinsey (1 episode, 1986)
Checkmate (0) Dyson
The Rocking Horsemen (0)
The Lears (0) Tom Cornwall

Producer ( 8 credits )

Do You Believe? (2015) associate producer
The Surface (2014) executive producer
The Freemason (2013) executive producer
The Final Season (2007) executive producer
Slipstream (2005) co-producer
The Long and Short of It (2003) producer
Kangaroo Court (1994) producer
On My Honor (1988) producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

The Long and Short of It (2003) (story)

Director ( 7 credits )

The Long and Short of It (2003)
Jeremiah (2002) (1 episode, 2003)
Angel (1999) (1 episode, 2003)
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (1999) (1 episode)
Perversions of Science (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Kangaroo Court (1994)
On My Honor (1988)

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