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.