Sean Astin

Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971) is an actor, film director, and producer. He is the son of actors Patty Duke and John Astin (although his biological father is Michael Tell). At the time of his birth, it was assumed that his biological father was Desi Arnaz, Jr

Astin has gained much of his acting fame from several major roles. At age 13, he debuted on the silver screen as Mikey in The Goonies (1985). Then he got the memorable part as the title character in Rudy (1993). Astin most recently played Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Films Sean Astin acted in:

In 1994, he directed and co-produced (with his wife, Christine) the Academy Award nominated short film Kangaroo Court.

While working on The Two Towers he persuaded a number of fellow cast and crew members, including director Peter Jackson, to act in or work as crew on his short film, The Long and Short of It (2003), which takes place on a street in Wellington, New Zealand. The film premiered at Sundance 2003, and appears on the "standard edition" DVD of The Two Towers as an extra feature together with a "making of" video.

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