Who’s actor Actor Sean Astin?
Born Sean Patrick Duke on the 25th February 1971, in Santa Monica, California USA, he is best recognized from playing Samwise Gamgee in the epic-fantasy drama film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” (2001-2003), also as Mikey in the comedy film “The Goonies” back in 1985, and most recently as Bob Newby in the sci-fi action series “Stranger Things” in 2017, among many other portrayals.
Parents, Early Life, and EducationSean is the son of the famous actress Patty Duke, and Michael Tell – a writer, music promoter and The Las Vegas Israelite publisher. However, it was believed that Sean’s biological father was Desi Arnaz Jr., but after an accidental DNA test, the results showed that Tell was his real father, to whom she married for 13 days in 1970. At the time, Patty was also involved with Desi and John Astin, an actor, who she married in 1972 after two years of relationship, and divorced in 1985, from which union Sean has a half-brother Mackenzie Astin, who is also an actor. Sean’s finding out about his real father was quite accidental; believing that Arnaz was his father, the two developed a close friendship, despite John Astin’s adoption of Sean. Then Sean met a relative of Michael Tell who told him that he and Sean were relatives, so he pursued further the information and eventually underwent a DNA test with Tell.
Sean went to Crossroads High School for the Arts, and later finished master classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles. Sean has also BA degree in History and English (American literature and culture) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Career BeginningsSean became a child actor when he was 10 years old, portraying Brian Reynolds in the television film “Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom”, in which he starred next to his mother, Patty Duke. The following year, Sean featured in another television film “The Rules of Marriage”, while in 1985 Sean made his feature debut, playing Mikey in the adventure comedy film “The Goonies”, co-starring Josh Brolin and Jeff Cohen. Sean’s career started to develop and his name became more popular in Hollywood, which resulted in more leading and co-leading roles in popular films. In 1987, Sean co-starred in the drama film “White Water Summer”, and in 1989 he co-starred with Stockard Channing in the comedy-drama film “Staying Together”. He started the ‘90s with the lead role in the action drama film “Toy Soldiers” (1991), while two years later he played Rudy in the biopic about Daniel E. ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, “Rudy”, both which helped him earn recognition from casting producers and directors, as well as boosting his net worth. He enjoyed success throughout the ‘90s, starring in the comedy film “Encino Man” in 1992, and in 1996 had a role in the action mystery film “Courage Under Fire”, starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Rise to Prominence
Although he starred in a number of successful films throughout the first two decades of his career, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Sean got his breakthrough – you guessed it, it was the part of Samwise Gamgee in the epic fantasy drama film trilogy “Lord of the Rings”, from 2001 to 2003. His performance was praised by both public and critics which manifested in several nominations and awards. Sean appeared in all three films, during the filming of which he became close friends with Elijah Wood, among other co-stars of the film, including Ian McKellen.
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— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) February 4, 2018
The role of Samwise Gamgee propelled him to stardom, and he was now ready for greater achievements in the entertainment industry. In 2004, he starred in the comedy film “50 First Dates”, and the next year co-starred with Mika Boorem and Yi Ding in the drama film “Smile”. Sean’s next appearance was in the comedy film “Click” in 2006, next to Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale, but then made some wrong moves and his career started to decline. After years of sporadic appearances in B moves, Sean starred in the crime film “The Freemason” in 2013, and in 2014 was chosen for the part of Jim Kent in the TV horror series “The Strain” (2014-2015), and most recently portrayed Bob Newby in the fantasy horror drama series “Stranger Things” in 2017. He has several other projects on which he worked, but those films never received critical acclaim.
Sean has also had success as a voice actor, primarily for lending his voice to the character of Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of The Rings” video games, but also as Raphael in the animated TV series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2012-2017), and as Special Agent Oso in the animated series “Special Agent Oso”, from 2009 until 2012.
Do You Know How Rich Sean Astin is?
Sean was only 10 years old when he started his career, but with hard work and devotion, he has earned a name for himself in the world of entertainment. Now in his late 40s, Sean can boast of 140 film and TV titles in which he has showcased his acting skills, which have benefited his net worth which is, according to authoritative sources, estimated at over $20 million as of mid-2018. Some of his most luxurious possessions include Toyota Mirai sports car that runs solely on Hydrogen, and a 4,061-square-foot home in Beverly Hills, Calabasas, California. There is no doubt that Sean’s wealth will increase further as he continues his career. He is presently working on two films “eHero”, and “Gloria”, both scheduled for release late in 2018.
Sean Astin Awards
Sean won a number of prestigious awards during his career, which include an Oscar Award nomination for the film “Kangaroo Court” on which he worked as a director, then a Saturn Award for the film “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, plus several awards which he won for the role of Samwise Gamgee.
2day my Mom would have turned 71 years old.
My favorite tradition was getting a Christmas Tree on her birthday. Some of the vehicles we used to transport them…not good. Millions of people love my Mom. I count myself among them. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU NANA. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! pic.twitter.com/jDSiPS678s
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) December 14, 2017
Life Behind the Scene
Since 1992, Sean has been married to Christine Harrell; the couple has three daughters. Sam is a Democrat and has supported Hillary Clinton and John Kerry in their campaigns, both Senate and presidential elections. Also, back in 2011 Sean was Democrat Dan Adler’s campaign manager, for California’s 36th congressional district special election – Dan is a businessman friend in the entertainment industry.
There's only one thing missing. Our oldest daughter Ali is slogging away at Harvard. But, this scene, seconds after I completed the Ironman Championship Triathlon In Kona Hawaii. I finally heard the words, I refused to say or listen to in the run up to the event. Mike Riley bellowed his patented victory phrase, "Sean Astin… YOU ARE AN IRONMAN… It was just as sweet and just as emotional as I knew it would be. But, I kept it together, because I wanted to project an image of strength. My feet were on fire with wicked big blisters, but I swiveled my head to see my wife, Christine and our Daughters Elizabeth (13) and Bella (10). The look of pride and excitement on their faces was an instant life memory snap shot. When I'm at the end of my days, I'll close my eyes and cherish the way they viewed me at that moment. Finally, I wasn't just Dad… For a few minutes I was SUPER DAD. They made signs and cheered and waited. It was just as exhausting a day for them as it was for me. But, they never gave up. The gave me hugs and kisses coming out of T-2 or the transition from the 112 mile bike ride to the 26.2 mile run. I joked that I didn't want to go!!! I smiled and ran off…half thinking, wait, this is gonna hurt, maybe I really don't want to go. The truth is that they sacrificed a lot for me to get here. There were so many events, nights, moments that we didn't share together. As I said, our oldest, Ali, is at college. We know all to well how fast the sands of time drain… So why? why would I exchange thousands of moments with my babies (including my wife…even though she says I'm the big baby)…to train…to suffer the exhaustion and fear and self doubt. I'm sure I'll write more as I learn to process the feelings. But, right here…the love and support of my family, I embrace as a divine gift. I never forget what it means that they are healthy and happy and learning and growing. I thank God for this moment.
The Lord of the Rings Tattoo
Sean tattooed the word nine which is written in Tengwar script, in reference to his role in the “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” film. He is not the only one with the tattoo since seven other actors have the same – Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, and Dominic Monaghan.
Sean is quite active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, accumulating a total following of more than one million. His official Twitter account has more than 320,000 followers, with whom he has shared his most recent endeavors, including his 13 marathon tour. His Instagram feed is full of pictures of him on his journeys, with one of the most popular being his support for a man named Chester, who is diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Sean is no stranger to Facebook, as his official page has more than 330,000 followers. So, if you are not of one of the fans of a beloved character of epic-fantasy films, then this is a great opportunity for you to get connected.