Sean Astin

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 ...

Born on February 25, 1971

Santa Monica, California, USA

Height 1.7m / 5' 7"

Biography

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.Read More

Known For

Trivia

Daughter born: Ali Astin. [November 1996]

During a break in principal photography from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Astin directed trilogy director Peter Jackson and fellow cast members in a five-minute short film, The Long and Short of It (2003), about camaraderie and friendship within difficult working environments, which mirrored a significant theme of the trilogy. Astin was able to borrow a cutting-edge digital camera from Lucasfilm representatives (who had been demonstrating the camera for Jackson) for a day to make the short. The film was included as a bonus on the DVD release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

August 6, 2002, welcomed second child daughter Elizabeth Louise.

On 4 December 2001, Sean had his image as Samwise Gamgee immortalized on a 90-cent New Zealand postage stamp that he shares with "Lord of the Rings" co-star Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins). However, Sean's last name is spelled incorrectly on the presentation pack of the stamps (Austin instead of Astin).

Graduated from UCLA with honors & a B.A. in History & English.

His biological father is actually Michael Tell, whom Patty Duke was married to for less than a month in 1970. Sean was adopted at age 3 by John Astin, but considers both men to be his father.

Left the room halfway during recording DVD commentary for The Goonies (1985) and never returned. The recording session started late, and Sean had an earlier commitment to introduce friend Joe Pantoliano who was M.C.'ing at a local theatre. Left the recording studio to change clothes, then returned to explain why he had to leave, give a "shout out to Joey Pants," and left an action figure of Sam Gamgee to take his place. However, the departure and explanation were edited out by the DVD producers.

Son of Michael Tell and actress Patty Duke.

Has three other half brothers: David, Allen and Tom.

Older brother of actor Mackenzie Astin.

Quotes

I was told I had to gain a lot of weight because Hobbits are very portly. Peter [Peter Jackson] is forever suggesting I have more food: "A little more food for Mr. Astin."

[on Rudy (1993)] I loved this movie because it shows that if you work hard, you can achieve anything.

The sidekick business has been good to me.

[2/12/04, on souvenirs from Middle-earth] I got Sam's backpack, which began to feel like a second skin, albeit a very uncomfortable skin. I also got to keep Sam's sword, as well as some Hobbit feet and ears. I can take them out and make the whole family smile!

[2/12/04] I remember, before we started principal photography on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Peter Jackson screened Braveheart (1995) and The Thin Red Line (1998) for the cast. He said, "This is the tone I want to strike with the Ring movies. I want to see the grime on their faces, the dirt on the ground, and I want that level of gritty emotionalism and intensity." I think his idea was that you can enjoy the fantasy more if you really believe it.

[2/12/04] I don't care if I'm 5'7" and pretty heavy, weight-wise, in the film [the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy]. I still see myself as Errol Flynn. Even when I was a little boy, playing war games in the back yard, I pictured myself as the hero.

[12/14/03, on his character Sam Gamgee] I spent the film doing lots of things, but the crying is what lived. He [Peter Jackson] tricks you into thinking you're going to get to do all these brave, heroic things most of the time, and you have to cry once in a while . . . and then he cuts out the heroic moments and you're left thinking, "I look like a big baby".

[12/18/03, about the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) in which Sam helps Frodo up Mount Doom] It was an incredible acting experience, being on the side of a volcano with that language. That language is so beautiful: "It'll be springtime soon, and they'll be sowing barley on the fields." When Peter [Peter Jackson] came up to tell me to lower my arm, something like that, tears were streaming down his face, and to see him that emotional just forced me into it . . . It [finally seeing the last three reels of the film] was a huge cry. It was all of the tension and stress and pressure of having a wife and children, having a career, the investment of these movies. I was sobbing and heaving, I could barely breathe, and the movie facilitated that. It was just a huge release.

I'd never heard of the "Lord of the Rings", actually. So I went to the bookstore and there it was, three shelves of books about Tolkien and Middle-earth, and I was like, "Holy cow, what else am I missing out on?"

[refuting the remarks of cast and crew that he IS Samwise Gamgee] But I'm not really Sam . . . nobody could be that good, that noble. He's just better than the rest of us. I'm a lot more Hollywood than Sam would ever be.

Spouses

Christine Astin Christine Astin July 11, 1992 - present (3 children)

Filmography

Today Today Himself(1episode,2015)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color LeonardKinsey(1episode,1986)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself(1episode,1991)
Please Don't Hit Me, Mom  Please Don't Hit Me, Mom  BrianReynolds
Larry King Live Larry King Live Himself(1episode,2008)
The Goonies  The Goonies  Mikey
The Oprah Winfrey Show The Oprah Winfrey Show Himself(1episode,2004)
Biography Biography (1episode,2003)
Like Father Like Son  Like Father Like Son  Clarence/Trigger
The War of the Roses  The War of the Roses  Joshat17
Law & Order Law & Order PastorHensley(1episode,2008)
The Legend of Prince Valiant The Legend of Prince Valiant Dylan(3episodes,1992)
Toy Soldiers  Toy Soldiers  BillyTepper
The Willies  The Willies  Michael
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself(2episodes,2002-2006)
Where the Day Takes You  Where the Day Takes You  Greg
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself(2episodes,1993-2003)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself(1episode,2004)
The Low Life  The Low Life  Andrew
Safe Passage  Safe Passage  IzzySinger
Teresa's Tattoo  Teresa's Tattoo  Step-Brother(uncredited)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself(1episode,2001)
Courage Under Fire  Courage Under Fire  Patella
Perversions of Science Perversions of Science Taylor(1episode,1997)
Perversions of Science Perversions of Science
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  Sam
The View The View Himself(4episodes,2004-2009)
20/20 20/20 Himself(1episode,2004)
National Geographic Explorer National Geographic Explorer Himself/...(1episode,2001)
Angel Angel
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  Sam
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  Sam
Total Request Live Total Request Live Himself(2episodes,2001-2003)
Icebreaker  Icebreaker  MattFoster
Fox and Friends Fox and Friends Himself(1episode,2014)
Good Day L.A. Good Day L.A. Himself(1episode,2015)
I'm Telling! I'm Telling! Himself-Contestant(1episode,1988)
Bull Bull LarrySnow(1episode,2000)
Rove Live Rove Live Himself(1episode,2004)
SM:TV Gold SM:TV Gold Himself(1episode,2001)
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(1episode,2004)
Praise the Lord Praise the Lord Himself(1episode,2014)
The O'Reilly Factor The O'Reilly Factor Himself(1episode,2004)
24 24 LynnMcGill(10episodes,2006)
Jeremiah Jeremiah MisterSmith(15episodes,2003-2004)
Jeremiah Jeremiah
Dinner for Five Dinner for Five Himself-SpecialGuest(1episode,2002)
Celebrity Profile Celebrity Profile Himself(1episode,1999)
Quest for the Ring  Quest for the Ring  Himself
Richard & Judy Richard & Judy Himself(1episode,2004)
A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'  A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'  Himself
The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'  The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'  Himself
Monk Monk PaulBuchanan(1episode,2007)
Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings Himself/Samwise'Sam'Gamgee
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(1episode,2004)
Troldspejlet Troldspejlet Himself(1episode,2001)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself(2episodes,2004-2005)
Frids film Frids film Himself(1episode,2003)
50 First Dates  50 First Dates  DougWhitmore
The Long and Short of It  The Long and Short of It 
The Long and Short of It  The Long and Short of It 
The Long and Short of It  The Long and Short of It 
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  Samwise'Sam'Gamgee(archivefootage)
Real Time with Bill Maher Real Time with Bill Maher Himself(1episode,2004)
4Pop 4Pop Himself(1episode,2003)
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Himself
Las Vegas Las Vegas LloydCampbell(1episode,2004)
NCIS NCIS TylerElliott(1episode,2012)
The Wayne Brady Show The Wayne Brady Show Himself(1episode,2004)
2003 MTV Movie Awards  2003 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'  Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'  Himself-L.A.Premiere
California Sea Lions  California Sea Lions  Narrator(voice)
Asterix and the Vikings  Asterix and the Vikings  Justforkix(voice)
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself(1episode,2003)
Ringers: Lord of the Fans  Ringers: Lord of the Fans  Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself(2episodes,2004-2005)
100 Years of Hope and Humor  100 Years of Hope and Humor  Himself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards  The 76th Annual Academy Awards  Himself
Celebrity Poker Showdown Celebrity Poker Showdown Himself(1episode,2004)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest On-Air with Ryan Seacrest Himself(1episode,2004)
DNZ: The Real Middle Earth  DNZ: The Real Middle Earth  Himself(archivefootage)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Himself-Winner:OutstandingCastofaMotionPicture
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School  Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School  KipKipling
Into the West Into the West MartinJarrett(1episode,2005)
Men of Valor  Men of Valor  Pat'Mouth'Hodges(voice)
The Making of 'The Goonies'  The Making of 'The Goonies'  Himself
Hercules Hercules Linus(2episodes,2005)
E! Special: Famous Last Names  E! Special: Famous Last Names  Himself
The Tony Danza Show The Tony Danza Show Himself(2episodes,2004-2006)
McEnroe McEnroe Himself(1episode,2004)
The Dating Scene  The Dating Scene  Himself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments  101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments  Himself-Commentator(archivefootage)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself(1episode,2005)
Robot Chicken Robot Chicken Gallagher/...(1episode,2011)
What Love Is  What Love Is  George
The Final Season  The Final Season  KentStock
The Final Season  The Final Season 
Borderland  Borderland  Randall
My Name Is Earl My Name Is Earl Rick(1episode,2007)
J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth  J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth  Sam(uncredited)
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Web and News

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