Sean Astin
Actor, director, producer
Sean Astin
Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, voice artist, and producer best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. In television, he appeared as Lynn McGill in the fifth season of 24 and currently voices Raphael in the 2012 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.
Biography
Sean Astin's personal information overview.
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Sean Astin, Paul Reiser Join 'Stranger Things' Season 2
ABC News - 4 months
The stars who made their names in the '80s, are a fitting addition.
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On The Road For Hillary
Huffington Post - 5 months
The more that people hate on Hillary, the more I absolutely love her. We are down the rabbit hole, we're on the dark side of the moon, we're lost in the desert at this point in the Presidential Election of 2016. I wish I could say that I don't even recognize my country anymore, but I do. This fever dream of civic insanity is all too familiar. Donald Trump is not clever. He's just dumb enough to wreck our political system for sport. He's using 3rd grade, "I know you are but what am I" school yard tactics and "the media" is now totally incapable of dealing with it. The amount of times that hosts and pundits call out his lies is only surpassed by Trump surrogates and the even more pernicious lies they offer in his defense. Worse than that, every single day, this clumsy political oaf is thundering across the body politic, suppressing logic, co-opting any real chance at discussion and completely, alarmingly inverting and obliterating good sense and the right and natural order of things. ...
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Sean Astin says mother Patty Duke suffered 'terribly' before death
LATimes - 11 months
At the time of her passing, Patty Duke was in a tremendous amount of pain, "Entertainment Tonight" has learned via an interview with Duke’s son Sean Astin. Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce died Tuesday morning at the age of 69 in a Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, hospital where, Astin reports, she was surrounded...
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'My All American' Gets Extra Points For Heartstring Tugs
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If you get thrilled by the team spirit on display in "Hoosiers," teared up during the emotional moments of "Brian's Song," and feverishly rooted for Rudy in "Rudy" then I have a movie for you. It is based on a true story and is titled "My All American." The film tells the story of Freddie Steinmark, a real hero on and off the football field. Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) lived to play football. Even though he was small in stature and weighed less than 160 pounds he aspired to be the best on his high school team and ultimately to attend Notre Dame on a full football scholarship. He was supported in these dreams by his father Fred (Michael Reilly Burke). Eventually he made it to the University of Texas on a scholarship and played for Coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). The movie tells Steinmark's story by focusing almost entirely on his actions at practice and in various games. We are exposed totally to Freddie the athlete. We do not have the chance to see as much of Freddie t ...
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"Woodlawn" Scores Big
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Woodlawn" is sure to run up a big score at movie theaters this week. It is a combination of "Remember the Titans", "Facing the Giants" and "Rudy". From the first it gets its subject of racial integration in high school sports; from the second its Christian faith theme; and from the third the presence of Sean Astin. These are three winners from the past and "Woodlawn" deserves to be in the winners category too. The movie is based on a true story about a Birmingham, Alabama high school in the early seventies. The school is having a rough time making the transition from an all white student body to an integrated one. The coach of the football team, Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss as to how he can bring them together. But then he meets Hank (Astin), a religious motivational speaker who asks if he can speak to the team. When he does, the team is converted to Christianity. This helps the school students to work and play together but it also causes problems with the administrati ...
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Sean Astin talks football, faith and becoming an 'Iron Man'
Fox News - over 1 year
Sean Astin on new film 'Woodlawn'
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The 'Lord Of The Rings' Cast Says Major Fan Theory Shall Not Pass
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A day may come when Sam and Frodo buy into a major "Lord of the Rings" fan theory, but it is not this day. Many fans think it's a big plot hole that Gandalf didn't use the eagles immediately to get into Mordor, especially considering how easily they seem to show up at the end to save Frodo and Sam. But a popular fan theory seems to finally explain why that happens.   The theory: Gandalf was planning on using the eagles the whole time.  Image: Tumblr Redditor VulcanDeathGrip (probably not a birth name), explains that Gandalf did secretly plan to use the eagles and was bringing the group to them until things were interrupted when the Fellowship was attacked by the Balrog:  Just before falling with the Balrog, [Gandalf] tries to surreptitiously tell them the secret plan but was too surreptitious and they didn't understand. When he came back as Gandalf the White he had forgotten many things, including the plan to meet the eagles. According to the Redditor, ...
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Sean Astin Completes Ironman Triathlon to Chants of 'Rudy!'
abc News - over 1 year
"Goonies" and "Lord of Rings" star crossed finish line to chants of "Rudy!"
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Short Redhead Reel Reviews for the week of May 15
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
by Wendy Schadewald Special to Sun Thisweek-Dakota County Tribune Rating system:  (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) www.shortredheadreelreviews.com For more reviews, click here. “Far from the Madding Crowd” (PG-13) (3.5) [Some sexuality and violence.] — Gorgeous cinematography highlights this captivating, well-acted, romantic, 2-hour, remake of the 1967 film based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 classic novel in which a beautiful, headstrong, fiercely independent British woman (Carey Mulligan) in Dorset, England, is being sought after by three smitten suitors in 1870, including a charismatic sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a handsome sergeant (Tom Sturridge), and a wealthy landowner (Michael Sheen). “In Between Days” (NR) (2.5) [DVD only] — When a lonely, confused Korean high school student (Jiseon Kim) moves with her hardworking mom (Bokja Kim) to Canada in the dead of winter in this heartfelt So Yong Kim film, she struggles to fit in with her Toronto classmate ...
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The Goonies Town Is A Real Place, And It's Totally Charming
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"Hey you guys!" The town from everyone's favorite '80s movie "The Goonies" is actually a real place. Not only that, but it's also quite charming. Much of the cult classic was filmed in Astoria, Oregon, and some of the most iconic scenes take place on Cannon Beach. Maybe you knew this already or maybe you didn't; either way, it's never a bad time to relive some serious movie magic and make a trip of it. Astoria is a small, alluringly gloomy town of not even 10,000 people. Despite its size, Astoria has seen its fair share of industry (it's the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, after all). Founded as a fur-trading post, it subsequently became the center of the country's commercial salmon industry and home to the Bumble Bee tuna factory. The Bumble Bee factory closed down in the 1980s, however, forcing Astoria to reinvent itself yet again. Today, Astoria's main industry is tourism, Micah Dugan of The Oregon Film Museum told the BBC. With the impending "Goonies" sequel, ...
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CarMax Slow Clap Super Bowl Commercial Inspired By 'Rudy' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Everybody loves a slow clap! CarMax, the online used-car seller, took a page from other popular Super Bowl commercials with an offering this year that mixes nostalgia with a Hollywood classic. The ad, featuring a happy CarMax customer driving his car home, pays homage to the famous scene in "Rudy" where the ultimate underdog is treated to an epic slow clap by his Notre Dame football teammates. Only in the commercial, its the CarMax customer who is treated to the show of respect. Sean Astin, the actor who played Rudy in the film, got a cute cameo in the commercial. Look for the guy in the varsity jacket. CLICK HERE to see the rest of the 2014 Super Bowl commercials as well as all of the best, worst and most unforgettable from the past. As the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks battle for the right to lift the Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl advertisers compete for another prize: your attention. Each time that FOX cuts away from Super Bowl XLVIII to pay the bills, another group of ...
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CarMax's Super Bowl Ad Tips Hat To 'Rudy,' Gets Slow Clap From Fans
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Super Bowl ad watchers apparently love an underdog. Online used-car seller CarMax posted a long version of its Super Bowl ad relatively early (Jan. 21), and it's paying off. The spot, inspired by the little-guy-makes-good film "Rudy," had passed 700,000 hits on YouTube as of Wednesday. In the commercial, a satisfied CarMax customer drives off the lot, serenaded with a show-of-respect "slow clap." The clap from various community members builds in momentum as the customer cruises through his neighborhood. The ad plays off the slow clap that fellow Notre Dame football teammates used to greet walk-on Rudy Ruettiger during practice in the film about the undersized Ruettiger's real-life quest to play for Notre Dame. (You can watch that scene below.) The actor who played Rudy, Sean Astin, gets a fun cameo in CarMax's ad, but the nostalgia will have to work its mojo on gameday, too. While CarMax doesn't advertise a particular auto make, it still will be competing for attention with ads ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sean Astin
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In the 2016 presidential election, Astin campaigned for Secretary Clinton in Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
    More Details Hide Details Astin is a vegetarian.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    On October 10, 2015 Astin competed in the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details Wearing number 143, Astin finished the race in a time of 15:30:31.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    In March 2014, Astin played a soldier in Boys of Abu Ghraib, a military thriller inspired by the events that made worldwide news in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In June of that year, he began playing the role of Jim Kent on the FX drama The Strain.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In March 2012, Astin played a cosmetic surgeon named Takin Mastuhmik in a fake movie trailer entitled Boobathon which appeared on Funny or Die.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    In 2010, he joined the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective acting company.
    More Details Hide Details He and his wife, Christine, are making a movie based on Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning novel Number the Stars. Astin portrays the role of Matthew in The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio version of the New Testament, which uses the RSV-CE.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    In the 2008 presidential election, Astin lent his support to Senator Hillary Clinton and made multiple campaign appearances on her behalf, including joining Clinton's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, at some stops.
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  • 2004
    Age 33
    During the 2004 United States presidential election, Astin backed Senator John Kerry and participated in Kerry's campaign rally in Portland, Oregon, as the opening speaker.
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  • 2003
    Age 32
    He directed a 2003 episode of the TV series Angel, titled "Soulless".
    More Details Hide Details He played the enigmatic Mr. Smith on the second season of the Showtime series Jeremiah. Astin's career has also expanded to include voice-over roles. He narrated the American version of the Animal Planet series Meerkat Manor, and voices the title character in the animated Disney Channel series Special Agent Oso. His other voice work includes Balto III: Wings of Change, in which he voiced Kodi, a teenage husky who is the son of the titular character, and the video game Kingdom Hearts, in the latter of which he provided the voice of Hercules, replacing actor Tate Donovan, who was unavailable but would return for Kingdom Hearts II. Astin is currently the voice of Raphael in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series on Nickelodeon, which premiered on September 29, 2012.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 30
    In the early 2000s, Astin experienced a career breakthrough with his role as Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, released in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Along with the many awards bestowed upon the trilogy, particularly its final installment The Return of the King (winner of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Astin received many award nominations for his own performance in Return of the King, taking home the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. As an ensemble, the Return of the King cast received awards from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and the Screen Actors Guild. He and other cast members became close friends through the filming process. He became particularly good friends with Elijah Wood. Astin's daughter, Alexandra, can be seen the closing scene of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She plays his onscreen daughter, Elanor Gamgee, who runs out to him as he returns from the harbor, where he said goodbye to Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf.
  • 1994
    Age 23
    In 1994, Astin directed and co-produced (with his wife, Christine Astin) the short film Kangaroo Court, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film.
    More Details Hide Details Astin continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s, including the Showtime science fiction film Harrison Bergeron (1995), the Gulf War film Courage Under Fire (1996), and the Warren Beatty political satire Bulworth (1998).
  • 1992
    Age 21
    Astin married Christine Harrell on July 11, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details They have three daughters: Alexandra (born 1996), Elizabeth (born 2002), and Isabella (born 2005), all with the middle name Louise. His wife held the Miss Indiana Teen USA title in 1984. Astin has a tattoo on his ankle of the word "nine" written with the Tengwar script, commemorating his Lord of the Rings involvement and his character's membership in the Fellowship of the Ring. Seven of the eight other Fellowship actors (Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom) all have the same tattoo. John Rhys-Davies' stunt double, Brett Beattie, has the tattoo as well.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 14
    Duke and John Astin divorced in 1985. Duke married Mike Pearce in 1986, and they adopted a son, Kevin, in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details When he was 14, Duke told Astin that Arnaz was his father, and the two developed a relationship. But in his mid-20s, Astin met a relative of Michael Tell who suggested they were related. Sean set out to find the truth about his biological father, and underwent genetic tests that showed that Tell was his biological father. Astin maintains close relationships with all three men, saying, "Desi Arnaz Jr. loves me, and I love him. We are so close Science tells me that he's not my biological father. Science tells me that Mike Tell is." Astin considers John his father, as John was the one who raised him. Astin is also close to his step-father, Mike Pearce, saying, "I can call any of them on the phone any time I want to," says Sean. "John, Desi, Mike or Papa Mike my four dads."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 10
    Astin's first acting role was in a 1981 television movie titled Please Don't Hit Me, Mom, in which he played a child with an abusive mother (portrayed by his real-life mother Patty Duke).
    More Details Hide Details He made his film debut at age 13 as Mikey in The Goonies (1985). After The Goonies, Astin appeared in several more films, including the Disney made-for-TV movie, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, opposite Nia Long, Tim Thomerson and Brian Keith; Like Father Like Son (1987); White Water Summer with Kevin Bacon (1987), The War of the Roses (1989); the World War II film Memphis Belle (1990); Toy Soldiers (1991); Encino Man (1992); and the college football biopic Rudy (1993), about the life-changing struggles and rewards of the titular character, Daniel Ruettiger.
  • 1973
    Age 2
    In 1973, Duke gave birth to Astin's brother, Mackenzie Astin, who also became an actor.
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  • 1972
    Age 1
    On August 5, 1972, Duke married actor John Astin, after having been in a relationship with him for two years.
    More Details Hide Details When the wedding guests were invited to speak, 18-month-old Astin looked at John and cried, "Daddy!", to which the Episcopal priest performing the ceremony remarked, "Well, that about does it!" Astin subsequently adopted Sean.
  • 1971
    Age 0
    Born on February 25, 1971.
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