Sean Astin Celebrity Life and Background Check

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Sean Astin Celebrity Life

Sean Astin is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Samwise Gamgee in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies.

Professional Bio including Notable Performances and Net Worth

Astin was born on February 25, 1971, to Patty Duke and Michael Tell. His mother was an actress and his father was a writer. He is of Irish, German, Austrian and Polish heritage. He was adopted by his mother’s third husband, John Astin. He was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. He studied at the Crossroads High School for the Arts and attended UCLA where he studied history and English. He also studied acting at LA’s Stella Adler Conservatory.

 Early Roles

Astin began his acting career as a child actor, appearing in the 1981 television movie ‘Please Don't Hit Me, Mom’. In 1985, he made his big-screen debut in ‘The Goonies’, an adventure comedy that has gone on to acquire cult status. He appeared in a string of movies in the 1980s and the 1990s such as ‘Like Father Like Son’ (1987), ‘Memphis Belle’ (1990), ‘Courage Under Fire’ (1996), and ‘Bulworth’ (1998).

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Notable Works


In 1994, Astin directed the ‘Kangaroo Court’, a short film about a black lawyer compelled to defend a white police officer. The movie was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 67th Academy Awards.

From 2001 to 2003, Astin essayed the role of hobbit Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-winning adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel ‘The Lord of the Rings’. His performance as Frodo Baggins’ brave and fiercely loyal companion in ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ (2001), ‘The Two Towers’ (2002), and ‘The Return of the King’ (2003) garnered him accolades and international renown.


Television & Web

In 2006, Astin played Lynn McGill in the action drama ‘24’. He appeared in several television shows such as ‘Monk’ (2007), ‘My Name is Earl’ (2007), ‘Law & Order’ (2008), ‘Robot Chicken’ (2011) and ‘NCIS’ (2012). In 2017, he was cast as Bob Newby in ‘Stranger Things’, a hit science fiction horror show by Netflix. In 2019, Astin guest-starred as Dr. Greg Pemberton in the last season of the cultural phenomena ‘The Big Bang Theory’.

Animated Roles

Astin has voiced characters in several animated movies and shows. In 2004, he voiced Balto’s son Kodi in ‘Balto III: Wings of Change’, an animated movie about sled dogs who deliver mail. He voiced Special Agent Oso, a stuffed panda bear, in the eponymous series by Disney Channel. He was the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (2012-2017) series.

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Net Worth

Astin has an estimated net worth of USD 20 million.


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film for ‘Kangaroo Court’ in 1995.
  • Chicago Film Critics Association’s Best Supporting Actor Award for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ in 2003.
  • Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ in 2003.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for ‘The Stranger Things’ in 2018.

Personal Life

Astin is married to Christine Harrell since 1992. They have three children together. He is politically active and has campaigned for John Kerry and Hillary Clinton in the past. He participated in the Ironman World Championship in 2015. Astin and several of his fellow actors from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ have the word ‘nine’ tattooed on their ankles in the Tengwar script created by Tolkien.

He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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