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John Astin

John Astin

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1930-03-30 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

40 Movies · 62 TV shows

Also Known As: John Allen Astin

Biography

John Allen Astin (born March 30, 1930) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television series, as well as a television director and voice artist. He is best known for starring as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family (1964–1966), reprising the role in the television film Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977) and the animated series The Addams Family (1992–1993). Notable film projects include West Side Story (1961), That Touch of Mink (1962), Move Over Darling (1963), Freaky Friday (1976), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Teen Wolf Too (1987) and The Frighteners (1996). His second wife was actress Patty Duke and he is the adoptive father of Duke's son, actor Sean Astin. Astin was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his directorial debut, the comedic short Prelude (1968).

Career

Astin started in theater, making his first Broadway appearance as an understudy in Major Barbara, and also did voice-over work for commercials. His first big break in film came with a small role in West Side Story (1961). During this period, his talent for also playing comedy was spotted by actor Tony Randall, leading to guest starring roles on the sitcom Dennis the Menace, starring Jay North, The Donna Reed Show, and Harrigan and Son, starring Pat O'Brien, the first carried on CBS and the latter two carried on ABC. In 1961, he appeared in the final episode of the ABC police drama The Asphalt Jungle. In 1962–63, Astin starred with Marty Ingels on the unusual ABC sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, which lasted for thirty-one episodes. From 1964 to 1966, he starred in the comedic television series The Addams Family as Gomez Addams, the head of the macabre family, based on cartoons created by Charles Addams. He later reprised the role of Gomez in the 1977 made-for-television film Halloween with the New Addams Family and voiced the role of Gomez in the animated series The Addams Family from 1992 to 1993. In the Canadian-American television series The New Addams Family, which ran from 1998 to 1999, Astin appeared as Grandpapa Addams, with the role of Gomez played by Glenn Taranto. Astin joined the retooled The Pruitts of Southampton (re-titled The Phyllis Diller Show) for the second half of the 1966–67 season, playing Diller's brother-in-law, Angus Pruitt. He also played the Riddler in the second season of Batman (Frank Gorshin returned for the third and final season.) He played submarine commander Matthew Sherman on the 1970s television series Operation Petticoat. He also made several appearances in the first two seasons of the popular mystery series Murder, She Wrote, as scheming real estate developer (and finally Sheriff) Harry Pierce, who ends up as the murderer in his last episode. He had a recurring role on the sitcom Night Court as Buddy, eccentric former mental patient and the father of lead character Harry Stone. Astin played the regular role of Ed LaSalle on the short-lived Mary Tyler Moore sitcom Mary during the 1985–86 television season. He also guest starred on numerous television series, including appearances on Duckman, Homeboys in Outer Space, Jack Palance's ABC circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth, and a 1967 episode of Gunsmoke as Festus Haggen's cousin Henry. Astin received an Academy Award nomination for Prelude, a short film that he wrote, produced, and directed. He was nominated for an Ace Award for his work on Tales from the Crypt, and received an Emmy Award nomination for the cartoon voice of Gomez on ABC-TV's The Addams Family. He also voiced the character Bull Gator on the animated series Taz-Mania. Astin served for four years on the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, and has been active in community affairs in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. He has continued to work in acting, appearing in a string of Killer Tomatoes films as Professor Gangreen and as Professor Wickwire in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. In 1996 he featured as The Judge, the ghost of an Old West gunslinger, in Peter Jackson's The Frighteners. He also has toured the one-man play Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight, written by Paul Day Clemens and Ron Magid. In a December 2007 Baltimore Examiner interview, Astin said of his acting experience: We all struggle, and I had plenty of that, but I've had a great time. I've done hundreds of TV shows and 30 to 40 movies, and I love acting. I'm very happy having done the Poe. That's been really terrific. Astin serves as a member on the board of directors for the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts.

Personal Life

Astin has five sons; three (David, Allen and Tom) with his first wife, Suzanne Hahn; two with his second wife, actress Patty Duke – one adopted (Sean, Patty's son from an earlier relationship, whom John adopted during their marriage) and one biological (Mackenzie). Astin married Valerie Ann Sandobal in 1989 and the couple resides in Baltimore, Maryland. He practices Nichiren Buddhism as a member of the worldwide Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International.

Movies & TV shows

2016.

1 TV show

2005.

2 Movies

2000.

1 TV show

1998.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows

1997.

1 TV show

1996.

1 Movie

1995.

2 TV shows

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1993.

2 TV shows

1992.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1991.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1990.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1989.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1988.

1 Movie

1987.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1986.

3 Movies

1985.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1984.

3 TV shows

1982.

1 TV show

1981.

2 TV shows

1979.

1 TV show

1978.

1 TV show

1977.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows

1976.

1 Movie

1975.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1974.

3 Movies · 1 TV show

1973.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1972.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows

1971.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1970.

2 TV shows

1969.

1 Movie

1968.

2 Movies

1967.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1966.

4 TV shows

1965.

1 TV show

1964.

1 TV show

1963.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1962.

3 Movies

1961.

1 Movie · 4 TV shows

1960.

2 TV shows

1959.

2 TV shows

1958.

2 TV shows

1957.

1 TV show

1955.

1 TV show
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