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Also Known As: John Allen Astin Died:
Born: March 30, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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Bristling with manic energy from every pore, actor and director John Astin specialized in oddball characters whose sense of joie de vivre rarely got in the way of reality, most notably Gomez Addams, his iconic role on "The Addams Family" (ABC, 1964-66). He had been a stage performer and minor character actor prior to being cast as Gomez, and his pop-eyed, relentlessly cheery turn as the bizarre paterfamilias instantly launched him to stardom. From there, he worked regularly as a guest star on television while honing an infrequent second career as a director, which included an Oscar nomination for his short, "Prelude" (1968). Though the quality of his projects declined in subsequent years, he remained a favorite thanks to his "Addams" past, which gave him a decidedly kooky small-screen immortality.

Bristling with manic energy from every pore, actor and director John Astin specialized in oddball characters whose sense of joie de vivre rarely got in the way of reality, most notably Gomez Addams, his iconic role on "The Addams Family" (ABC, 1964-66). He had been a stage performer and minor character actor prior to being cast as Gomez, and his pop-eyed, relentlessly cheery turn as the bizarre paterfamilias instantly launched him to stardom. From there, he worked regularly as a guest star on television while honing an infrequent second career as a director, which included an Oscar nomination for his short, "Prelude" (1968). Though the quality of his projects declined in subsequent years, he remained a favorite thanks to his "Addams" past, which gave him a decidedly kooky small-screen immortality.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Operation Petticoat (1977) Director
3.
  Night Creatures (1989) Director
4.
  Two Guys From Muck (1982) Director
5.
  Scared Silly (1982) Director
6.
  Ethel Is an Elephant (1980) Director
7.
  Getting There (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Frighteners, The (1996) The Judge
2.
 Runaway Daughters (1994) 1st Minuteman
5.
 Stepmonster (1993)
6.
 Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992) Professor Gangrene
7.
 Killer Tomatoes Strike Back (1991) Professor Gangreen
8.
 Night Life (1991) Verlin Flanders
9.
 Dreamers (1991) Rollie
10.
 Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Janitor
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1954:
Made stage debut in a revival of "The Threepenny Opera" at the Theatre de Lys in New York City
1956:
Made Broadway stage debut in a revival of "Major Barbara" at the Martin Beck Theatre
1961:
Feature film debut, "West Side Story"
1962:
First TV series: Played role of Harry Dickens on the ABC sitcom, "I'm Dickens...He's Fenster"
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Played best-known TV role as Gomez Addams on the ABC sitcom, "The Addams Family"
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Played the recurring role of cousin Rudy on the ABC sitcom, "The Pruitts of Southampton" (series name changed to the "The Phyllis Diller Show" midway during its run)
1968:
Produced and directed a short film, "Prelude", which received an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject
1971:
First TV-movie, "Two on a Bench"
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Earliest TV directing credits, helming episodes of "McMillan and Wife" and "Night Gallery"
1976:
Last feature film for over a decade, "Freaky Friday"
1977:
Reprised role of Gomez Addams for the TV-movie, "The Addams Family"
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Starred as Captain Matthew Sherman on the ABC sitcom, "Operation Petticoat", based on the 1959 hit movie; also directed some episodes
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Played role of Ed LaSalle on the CBS sitcom, "Mary"
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Played recurring role of Buddy Ryan on the NBC sitcom, "Night Court"
1987:
Returned to feature film work with roles in "Teen Wolf Too" and "Body Slam"
1988:
First created the role of Professor Gangrene for the spoof feature, "Return of the Killer Tomatoes"
1992:
Played role of Radford on the short-lived NBC fantasy series, "Eerie, Indiana"
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Provided the voice of Gomez Addams for the ABC animated children's series, "The Addams Family"
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Played recurring role of Professor Wickwire on the Fox Network's comedy-Western series, "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr."
1997:
Toured in one-man show "Edgar Allen Poe: Once Upon a Midnight"
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Education

Washington and Jefferson College: Washington , Pennsylvania - 1948 - 1950
Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore , Maryland - 1952
University of Minnesota: - 1952 - 1953

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wife:
Patty Duke. Actor. Married on August 5, 1972; divorced in 1985; during their marriage was professionally known as Patty Duke Astin.
wife:
Valerie Astin. Married c. 1988.

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father:
Allen Varley Astin.
mother:
Margaret Linnie Astin.
son:
David Astin. Inventor.
son:
Allen J Astin. Therapist. Born on March 23, 1961.
son:
Thomas E Astin. Actor. Born on March 19, 1965.
son:
Sean Astin. Actor. Born on February 25, 1971; mother, Patty Duke; father, Michael Tell; for years it was thought that Astin was Sean's father but genetic testing proved otherwise.
son:
Mackenzie Astin. Actor. Born on May 12, 1973; mother, Patty Duke.
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