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Also Known As: Sean Patrick Duke Died:
Born: February 25, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, director

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While many of Hollywood's young stars hit their peak before the age of 13, Sean Astin took some time getting film audiences to love and, ultimately respect him as an actor. He portrayed characters that defied expectations and created cult-like followings. He played the role of Mikey Walsh, a fun-seeking teenager in "The Goonies" (1985) where he cried out, "Holy Mackenzie!" He was equally lovable as the very loyal hobbit Samwise Gamgee in the epic trilogy, "Lord of the Rings" (2001, 2002, 2003). But perhaps his most memorable performance was that of the title role in "Rudy" (1993), in which he played a young man who, against all odds, fulfilled a childhood dream of playing for Notre Dame. The son of actress Patty Duke, Astin faced his own real-life drama growing up with his mother's battle with mental illness. However, due in no small part to a charming onscreen persona and an inner strength and sensibility, Astin managed to escape many of the traps his fellow child stars of that era fell victim to, establishing himself as a respectable adult actor.

While many of Hollywood's young stars hit their peak before the age of 13, Sean Astin took some time getting film audiences to love and, ultimately respect him as an actor. He portrayed characters that defied expectations and created cult-like followings. He played the role of Mikey Walsh, a fun-seeking teenager in "The Goonies" (1985) where he cried out, "Holy Mackenzie!" He was equally lovable as the very loyal hobbit Samwise Gamgee in the epic trilogy, "Lord of the Rings" (2001, 2002, 2003). But perhaps his most memorable performance was that of the title role in "Rudy" (1993), in which he played a young man who, against all odds, fulfilled a childhood dream of playing for Notre Dame. The son of actress Patty Duke, Astin faced his own real-life drama growing up with his mother's battle with mental illness. However, due in no small part to a charming onscreen persona and an inner strength and sensibility, Astin managed to escape many of the traps his fellow child stars of that era fell victim to, establishing himself as a respectable adult actor.

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  Kangaroo Court (1994) Director

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 Kickback (2015)
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 Napa (2012)
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 Adopting Terror (2012)
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1981:
First professional acting job, at age nine, opposite his mother in "Please Don't Hit Me, Mom", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1982:
First TV miniseries, "The Rules of Marriage" (CBS)
1983:
Appeared in pilot for the short-lived ABC comedy series, "Just Our Luck"; directed by his father John (date approximate)
1985:
Played first leading role in features in "The Goonies"
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Acted onstage in Los Angeles in "Lone Star"
1990:
Directed first short, "On My Honor", a 20-minute, 35mm film about an encounter between an American G.I. and a Vietnamese soldier (date approximate)
1990:
Appeared in the ensemble of the WWII drama "Memphis Belle"
1991:
Played heroic lead in "Toy Soldiers"
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Formed Lava Entertainment production company with Milton Justice
1992:
Had box-office hit with "Encino Man"
1993:
Cast in the title role as a wannabe college football player in "Rudy", based on a true story
1994:
Directed live action short film, "Kangaroo Court", featuring Michael O'Keefe and Gregory Hines; received Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject
1995:
Played title role in the Showtime TV-movie "Kurt Vonnegut's 'Harrison Bergeron'"
1996:
Had featured role in "Courage Under Fire"
1998:
Co-starred with Warren Beatty in "Bulworth"
2000:
Played a redneck snowbound in a Colorado diner with the US President in "Deterrence"
2001:
Appeared as an ambitious screenwriter in the Burt Reynolds vehicle "The Last Producer"; aired on USA Network in lieu of a theatrical release
2001:
Cast as hobbit Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee in Peter Jackson's film version of the J.R.R. Tolkein classic "The Lord of the Rings" (filmed in 1999-2000); released in three parts over three years: "The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003)
2003:
Appeared the third and final episode in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's revered trilogy "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Cast as Drew Barrymore's brother in the comedy "50 First Dates"
2005:
Appeared with real life mother Patty Duke in the comedy "Bigger Than the Sky"
2005:
Joined the cast of the Fox drama "24," as a new addition to the Counter Terrorist Unit
2006:
Re-teamed with Adam Sandler in the comedy "Click" directed by Frank Coraci
2007:
Co-starred in the romantic comedy, "What Love Is"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences: Santa Monica , California -

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wife:
Christine Astin. Actor, producer. Married in July 1992.

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father:
Michael Tell. Former rock promoter. Biological father; married to Patty Duke for less than a month; genetic testing proved that he was Sean's natural father.
father:
John Astin. Actor, director, writer. Astin was raised to believe that John was his natural father, but genetic testing proved otherwise.
mother:
Patty Duke. Actor, producer. Former SAG president; was professionally known as Patty Duke Astin during marriage to John Astin from 1972 to 1985.
half-brother:
David Astin. Inventor. Older; father John Astin.
half-brother:
Allen J Astin. Therapist. Born in 1961; father, John Astin.
half-brother:
Thomas E Astin. Actor. Born in 1965; father, John Astin.
half-brother:
Mackenzie Astin. Actor. Born in May 1973.
half-brother:
Kevin Michael Pearce. Younger; mother, Patty Duke.
daughter:
Alexandra Louise Astin. Born on November 23, 1996; played Elanor, the daughter of Sam Gamgee in "Lord of the Rings" trilogy of films.
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