Sean Astin

 

Date Of Birth

February 25, 1971
 

Biography

Sean Astin is an American actor, director and producer, famous for his roles in The Goonies, Rudy, and the Lord of the Rings series.

He was born in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 1971.  He started at age 13, as the asthmatic lead Mikey in the adventure The Goonies, released in 1985.  In 1989, he appeared in a small role on the film The War of the Roses, which was followed by the 1990 period drama Memphis Belle.

In 1993, Astin appeared in the true-to-life sports drama Rudy, alongside Jon Favreau.  In the film, he plays Daniel Ruettiger, who tries to fulfill his dream of being a football player for the University of Notre Dame, despite many obstacles.  In 1998, he appeared in the independent romantic film Boy Meets Girl, alongside Emily Hampshire and Kevin McDonald.

In 2001, Astin took on the role of Samwise Gamgee, Frodo Baggins’ (Elijah Wood) best friend and companion, in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  He reprised the role in the film’s two sequels. He also appeared in the romantic comedy 50 First Dates, as Lucy’s (Drew Barrymore) brother.

Sean Astin has also made guest appearances in different television shows.  He played the role of CTU administrator Lynn McGill on the fifth season of the action series 24. In the series, he saved the rest of CTU by shutting off a rogue computer program while he was exposed to nerve gas.  He also guested on Las Vegas, Monk and My Name Is Earl.

Astin has also dabbled at directing.  His 1994 short film, Kangaroo Court, was nominated for an Academy Award. It was a co-production with his wife, Christine.  He also shot the 2003 short film The Long and Short of It, which was exhibited on that year’s Sundance Film Festival, and features his colleagues from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In 2009, Astin started providing the voice of Special Agent Oso and later the voice of Raphael on the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. At present, he is part of the FX series The Strain.
 

Place of Birth

Santa Monica, California, USA
 

Birth Name

Sean Patrick Duke
 

Gender

Male
 

Awards

1985: The Goonies - Young Artist Award for Best Starring Performance by a Young Actor – Motion Picture
1989: Staying Together - Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture
2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Elijah Wood and Gollum/Andy Serkis)
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
 

Filmography

2014 The Strain (TV Series)
2014/I The Surface
2013 The Dramatics
2014 Out West
2014 Ribbit
2012-2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series)
2014 Moms' Night Out
2014 Boys of Abu Ghraib
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
2014 Justice League: War (Video)
2013 Santa Switch (TV Movie)
2013 The Freemason
2013 The Naughty List (Video)
2013 A Monsterous Holiday (TV Movie)
2013 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Video Game)
2013 Extraction
2013 The Surgeon General (TV Movie)
2012 Amazing Love
2012 Alphas (TV Series)
2012 Christine (TV Series)
2012 Franklin & Bash (TV Series)
2012 Adopting Terror (TV Movie)
2009-2012 Special Agent Oso (TV Series)
2012 NCIS (TV Series)
2012 Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
2011 Deep Blue Breath (Short)
2011 Love's Christmas Journey (TV Movie)
2011 The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (Video Game)
2011 And They're Off
2011 The Witches of Oz (TV Mini-Series)
2011 Demoted
2011 Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps (TV Series)
2011 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
2010 WWII in HD: The Air War (TV Movie documentary)
2010 The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (Video Game)
2009 Part Two: The Warm Mission (Short)
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
2009 Stay Cool
2008 Forever Strong
2008 Spirit of the Forest
2008 The Color of Magic (TV Movie)
2008 Law & Order (TV Series)
2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Mini-Series)
2007 The Final Season
2007 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
2007 What Love Is
2007 Borderland
2007 My Wife Is Retarded (Short)
2007 Monk (TV Series)
2006 American Men (TV Movie)
2006 Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II - Rise of the Witch King (Video Game)
2006 Click
2006 Love and Debate
2006 Asterix and the Vikings
2006 24 (TV Series)
2005 Into the West (TV Mini-Series)
2005/I Smile
2005/I Hercules (TV Movie)
2005 Bigger Than the Sky
2005 Slipstream
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
2004 Higglytown Heroes (TV Series)
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (Video Game)
2004 Men of Valor (Video Game)
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change (Video)
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building
2004 Las Vegas (TV Series)
2004 Party Wagon (TV Movie)
2004 50 First Dates
2003-2004 Jeremiah (TV Series)
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Video Game)
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2002 Kingdom Hearts (Video Game)
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2001 The Sky Is Falling
2000 Dish Dogs (Video)
2000 The Last Producer
2000 Icebreaker
2000 Bull (TV Series)
1999 Deterrence
1999 Kimberly
1998/II Boy Meets Girl
1998 Bulworth
1997 Perversions of Science (TV Series)
1996 Courage Under Fire
1995 The Low Life
1995 Harrison Bergeron (TV Movie)
1995 Road Warriors (TV Movie)
1994 Safe Passage
1994 Teresa's Tattoo
1993 Rudy
1992 Encino Man
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV Series)
1991 Where the Day Takes You
1991 Toy Soldiers
1990 The Willies
1990 Memphis Belle
1989 The War of the Roses
1989 Staying Together
1987 Like Father Like Son
1987 White Water Summer
1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
1985 The Goonies
1982 The Rules of Marriage (TV Movie)
1981 Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (TV Movie)

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