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Sean Astin

Sean AstinAKA Sean Patrick Astin

Born: 25-Feb-1971
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Goonies' Mikey and the hobbit Sam

Sean Astin earned his first payday at the age of nine, starring in an after school special, Please Don't Hit Me, Mom with his famous mother, Patty Duke. At 13, he starred in The Goonies with Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman. He later starred in the underrated action film Toy Soldiers, in Encino Man with Pauly Shore and Brendan Fraser, and earned good reviews as the shrimp too small to play football for Notre Dame in Rudy. Austin was nominated for an Oscar in 1995, not as an actor but for a short film he directed and produced with his wife, Kangaroo Court, starring Gregory Hines.

After that, though, Astin spent several years playing small roles in half-remembered films and large roles in forgotten films, before being cast as Samwise Gamgee, a hobbit in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. Astin has directed a few other short films, and he borrowed equipment on the Rings set to make the oddly heartwarming The Long and Short of It. He wrote the non-fiction There and Back Again, chronicling his time on the Lord of the Rings movies, from auditioning for the first film to watching the final film win all its Oscars. After the huge success of the Lord of the Rings films, Astin and Elijah Wood appeared on New Zealand postage stamps, but due to a typographical error, Astin's name was misspelled 'Austin' on all the stamps.

He played Mister Smith on Jeremiah with Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and took a recurring role as a doomed counter-terror agent on 24 with Kiefer Sutherland.

Astin says he has a strong interest in politics, and has hinted that he might eventually jettison show business for a try at elected office. He has not hinted much, however, about what his politics might be.

Father: John Astin (adoptive father, actor)
Father: Michael Tell (biological father, briefly married to Patty Duke)
Mother: Patty Duke (actress)
Brother: Mackenzie Astin (actor)
Brother: David (half-brother)
Brother: Allen (half-brother)
Brother: Tom (half-brother)
Wife: Christine Harrell Astin (b. 1970, m. Jul-1992, three daughters)
Daughter: Alexandra Louise (b. 27-Nov-1996)
Daughter: Elizabeth Louise (b. 6-Aug-2002)
Daughter: Isabella Louise (b. 22-Jul-2005)

    High School: Crossroads High School, Santa Monica, CA
    University: BA History and English, University of California at Los Angeles

    The Creative Coalition Board Member
    Boston Marathon 2015

    The Strain Jim Kent (2014)
    24 Lynn McGill (2006)
    Jeremiah Mister Smith (2003-04)
    Celebrity Poker Showdown Contestant

    Gloria Bell (7-Sep-2018)
    The Do-Over (27-May-2016)
    Woodlawn (16-Oct-2015)
    Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (13-Jan-2015) [VOICE]
    The Hero of Color City (3-Oct-2014)
    Video Games: The Movie (18-Jul-2014) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Moms' Night Out (9-May-2014)
    Boys of Abu Ghraib (21-Mar-2014)
    Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (6-Feb-2014)
    Justice League: War (4-Feb-2014) [VOICE]
    Amazing Love (6-Nov-2012)
    Adopting Terror (7-Apr-2012)
    Demoted (12-Mar-2011)
    With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (24-Jul-2010) · Himself
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (11-Dec-2009) · Meerkat Manor Narrator [VOICE]
    Forever Strong (26-Sep-2008)
    The Color of Magic (23-Mar-2008)
    The Final Season (12-Oct-2007)
    What Love Is (23-Mar-2007) · George
    Borderland (10-Feb-2007) · Randall
    Click (23-Jun-2006) · Bill
    Smile (8-Apr-2005) · Mr. Matthews
    Hercules (Apr-2005)
    Bigger Than the Sky (18-Feb-2005) · Ken Zorbell
    Slipstream (3-Feb-2005)
    Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (24-Jan-2005) · Kip Kipling
    Balto III: Wings of Change (30-Sep-2004) · Kodi [VOICE]
    Elvis Has Left the Building (27-Aug-2004) · Aaron
    50 First Dates (13-Feb-2004) · Doug Whitmore
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (1-Dec-2003)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (5-Dec-2002) · Sam
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (10-Dec-2001) · Sam
    Dish Dogs (29-Aug-2000)
    The Last Producer (22-Aug-2000)
    The Sky Is Falling (2000)
    Deterrence (10-Sep-1999)
    Kimberly (9-Sep-1999) · Bob
    Icebreaker (1999)
    Boy Meets Girl (12-Sep-1998)
    Bulworth (15-May-1998) · Gary
    The Long Way Home (19-Sep-1997) [VOICE]
    Courage Under Fire (12-Jul-1996) · Patella
    The Low Life (Nov-1995)
    Harrison Bergeron (13-Aug-1995)
    Safe Passage (Dec-1994)
    Rudy (18-Sep-1993)
    Where the Day Takes You (11-Sep-1992)
    Encino Man (22-May-1992) · Dave Morgan
    Toy Soldiers (26-Apr-1991)
    The Willies (1991)
    Memphis Belle (7-Sep-1990) · Sgt. Richard Moore
    The War of the Roses (8-Dec-1989) · Josh at 17
    Staying Together (14-Sep-1989) · Duncan McDermott
    Like Father, Like Son (2-Oct-1987)
    White Water Summer (Jul-1987) · Alan
    The B.R.A.T. Patrol (26-Oct-1986)
    The Goonies (7-Jun-1985) · Mikey
    The Rules of Marriage (10-May-1982)
    Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (20-Sep-1981)

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Author of books:
There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale (2004, memoir)

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