Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971) is an American film actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer best known for his film roles as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In television, he guest starred as Lynn McGill on the fifth season of 24.
Astin graduated from UCLA with B.A.s in history and English (American literature and culture). He is an alumnus of and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Patrons Association and the Arts Council for Los Angeles Valley College. He also attended St. Paul the Apostle Elementary School and the Crossroads High School for the Arts and participated in master classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles.
At age thirteen, he debuted on the silver screen as Mikey in The Goonies (1985). He had a small role in 1989’s The War of the Roses and in 1990 he appeared in the World War II film Memphis Belle. One of Sean's most memorable roles was with Lou Gosset Jr. in Toy Soldiers (1991). In 1993 he received a memorable part as the title character in Rudy and in 1998 starred in the romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl. Astin recently played Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He was Frodo's loyal companion on his quest to destroy the ring. He also played the brother of Lucy (Drew Barrymore) in the Adam Sandler film 50 First Dates. Astin provided the voice for Balto’s son, Kodi, in the second direct-to-video sequel of Balto.
In 1994, he directed and co-produced the Academy Awards nominated short film, Kangaroo Court, with his wife, Christine. In 1995, he starred in the Showtime sci-fi film, Harrison Bergeron, an adaptation of the short story by Kurt Vonnegut. In this futuristic film, the world focuses on the belief that “All men are not created equal. It is the purpose of the Government to make them so.” The titular character, Harrison, is smarter than his peers and is unaffected by the standard technology used to handicap all Americans so that everyone is of equal ability.
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 the Sundance Film Festival, 2003, and appears on the “standard edition” DVD of The Two Towers as an extra feature together with a “making of” video.
Astin guest starred as Lynn McGill in the fifth season of the FOX drama 24. He also appeared in the first season of the NBC Show Las Vegas as a gambler who wins one million dollars and his wife and best friend want to take it away from him. He also had a role in Adam Sandler’s 2006 film Click. Astin has also appeared as a wealthy manor-owner thought to have killed his father in the dramedy Monk on the USA Network owned by television conglomerate NBC Astin is the narrator of the US version of Meerkat Manor, shown on the Discovery Channel-owned cable TV channel Animal Planet. He most recently appeared as a sales clerk in an episode of the TV series, My Name Is Earl, in which he, along with co-stars Charles S. Dutton and Chelcie Ross, parodied their hit movie, Rudy. Scenes included a motivational speech by Dutton after Earl fails his chance at becoming a sales rep, and all the dock workers turning in their credit cards to Ross. Both of these are representations of famous Rudy scenes.
On Easter 2008, he appeared on British television channel Sky One in a TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel The Colour of Magic along with British actors Sir David Jason, Tim Curry, Jeremy Irons and Christopher Lee.
His book, There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale (2004, ISBN 0-312-33146-0), co-written by Joe Layden, is an account of his experiences before, during and after filming the Lord of the Rings movies. The title is derived from the subtitle of The Hobbit by Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien. He jumped at the chance to work in New Zealand again in 2004, as the mythical “Linus,” tutor of Hercules, in Robert Halmi, Sr.’s Hallmark-sponsored remake.
Astin has a tattoo of the Elvish word for "nine", a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. The other actors of "The Fellowship" (Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and Orlando Bloom) got the same tattoo with the exception of John Rhys-Davies whose stunt double got the tattoo instead.
Astin lent his support to Senator Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Presidential Elections, and joined Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton for the first stop of her Indiana tour on March 24, 2008, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In April, he and Dylan Frick toured parts of North Carolina to campaign also. Astin joined Chelsea Clinton at Ball State University on March 25, 2008. His website is www.Seanastin.com.
Astin is a vegetarian.
|1985||The Goonies||Mikey Walsh|
|1986||The B.R.A.T. Patrol||Leonard Kinsey|
|1987||Like Father Like Son||Clarence|
|White Water Summer||Alan|
|1989||The War of the Roses||17's Josh|
|Staying Together||Duncan McDermott|
|1990||Memphis Belle||Sergeant Richard "Rascal" Moore|
|1991||Toy Soldiers||William Tepper|
|1992||Where the Day Takes You||Greg|
|Encino Man||Dave Morgan|
|1994||Safe Passage||Izzy Singer|
|1995||The Low Life||Andrew|
|Harrison Bergeron||Harrison Bergeron|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Patella|
|1998||Boy Meets Girl||Mike|
|The Last Produce||Bo Pomerantz|
|The Sky is Falling||Schwartz|
|2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Samwise Gamgee|
|2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Samwise Gamgee|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Samwise Gamgee|
|2004||Balto III: Wings of Change||Kodi||Voice|
|Elvis Has Left the Building||Aaron|
|50 First Dates||Doug Whitmore|
|Bigger Than the Sky||Ken Zorbell|
|Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School||Kip Kipling|
|Into The West||Martin Jarrett|
|Thanks to Gravity||Coach Amal|
|2006||What Love Is||George|
|Asterix and the Vikings||Justforkix||English voice|
|2007||The Final Season||Kent Stock|
|Spirit of the Forest||Furi (voice)|
|2009||Stay Cool||Big Girl|
|1981||Please Don't Hit Me, Mom||Brian Reynolds||Appeared with his mother, Patty Duke, who also played his mother|
|1986||The B.R.A.T. Patrol||Leonard Kinsey|
|2005||Meerkat Manor||Narrator||United States|
|2007||Masters of Science Fiction||Charlie Kramer||Watchbird|
|My Name Is Earl||Sales Clerk|
|2008||Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic||Twoflower||United Kingdom|
|Law & Order||Pastor Hensley||18th season episode Angelgrove|