Sean Astin

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. - IMDb Mini Biography By: tweigel@rogersandcowan.com

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Birth Name

Sean Patrick Duke

Birth Place

Santa Mónica, California, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

2/25/1971
Known For
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Rudy

Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger

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Encino Man

Dave

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Moms' Night Out

Sean

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Justice League: War

Shazam (voice)

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Woodlawn

Hank

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Balto III: Wings of Change

Kodi (voice)

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Do You Believe

Dr. Farell

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Slipstream

Stuart Conway

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Bulworth

Gary

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The Final Season

Kent Stock

Starring In
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Hard Miles

Speedy

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Holiday Twist

Whitmer

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The Shift

Gabriel

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Vindicta

Rick

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Go West

Narrator

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iMordecai

Marvin

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Charming the Hearts of Men

George

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Hero Mode

Jimmy Tisdale

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Lego DC: Shazam!: Magic and Monsters

Shazam (voice)

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Adverse

Frankie

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Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmas

Narrator (voice)

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The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween

Narrator / Mr. Gigglenose (voice)

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Gloria Bell

Jeremy

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Ploey

Fox (voice)

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eHero

Richard Brixton

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Bad Kids of Crestview Academy

Headmaster Nash

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Swing State

Bob Bernard

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Espionage Tonight

Sam Jacobson

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Dead Ant

Art

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Not a War Story

Self

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The Lears

Tom Cornwall

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Unleashed

Carl

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Range 15

Pilot Grigsby

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The Do Over

Ted-O

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Die jungen Wilden

Alex Wilson Dixon

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Woodlawn

Hank

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Checkmate

Dyson

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Do You Believe

Dr. Farell

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

Shazam (voice)

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K9 World Cup

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Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past

Raphael (voice)

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Boys of Abu Ghraib

Tanner

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Ribbit

Ribbit (voice)

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Video Games: The Movie

Narrator (voice)

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Moms' Night Out

Sean

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Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero

Porter

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Justice League: War

Shazam (voice)

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The Surface

Mitch

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The Hero of Color City

Horatio (voice)

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Extraction

Kyle Black

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Santa Switch

Eddie

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The Freemason

Leon Weed

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Amazing Love

Stuart

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Adopting Terror

Tim Broadbent

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The Witches of Oz

Frack (2 episodes, 2011)

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Love's Christmas Journey

Mayor Wayne

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Demoted

Mike

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With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Himself

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The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies'

Self

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Stay Cool

Big Girl

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Meerkat Manor Narrator (voice)

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24: Redemption

Lynn McGill (10 episodes, 2006)

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The Colour Of Magic

Twoflower

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Forever Strong

Marcus

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Meerkat Manor: Family Ties

Narrator / ... (14 episodes, 2007)

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Espíritu del bosque

Furi (voice: English version)

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The Final Season

Kent Stock

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What Love Is

George

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Borderland

Randall

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Click

Bill

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Asterix and the Vikings

Justforkix (voice: English version)

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24 Hours Season 1-5 Boxset

Lynn McGill (10 episodes, 2006)

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24 - Season 6

Lynn McGill (10 episodes, 2006)

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Bigger Than the Sky

Ken Zorbell

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Ringers: Lord of the Fans

Himself

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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Kip Kipling

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Slipstream

Stuart Conway

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Smile

Mr. Matthews

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Hercules

Linus

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Balto III: Wings of Change

Kodi (voice)

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50 First Dates

Doug Whitmore

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Elvis Has Left the Building

Aaron

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sam

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Collectors Boxset)

Sam

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Sam

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Jeremiah - The Complete First Season

Mister Smith (15 episodes, 2003-2004)

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The Final Hit (2000)

Bo Pomerantz

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sam

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The Long Way Home

Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization (voice)

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National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring

Himself / Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee

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The Trouble of the Rings: The Fellowship

Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee

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IceBreaker

Matt Foster

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Deterrence

Ralph

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The Sky Is Falling

Mr. Schwartz

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Dish Dogs

Morgan

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Daddy Who?

Bob

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Bulworth

Gary

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Courage Under Fire

Patella

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Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron

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The Low Life

Andrew

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Teresa's Tattoo

Step-Brother (uncredited)

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Safe Passage

Izzy Singer

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Rudy

Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger

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Where the Day Takes You

Greg

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Encino Man

Dave

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Toy Soldiers

William 'Billy' Tepper

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The Willies

Michael

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Memphis Belle

Sgt. Richard "Rascal" Moore

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The War of the Roses

Josh at 17

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Like Father, Like Son

Clarence / Trigger

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White Water Summer

Alan

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The Goonies

Mikey

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