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Sean Astin

Sean Astin is one of Hollywood's most respected young actors with a distinctive list of projects and credits.

Astin most recently starred in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy as the Hobbitt Sam Gamgee, a member of the fellowship of creatures attempting to destroy a ring with evil powers.

Astin is also a promising director. He received an Academy Award nomination for his short film Kangaroo Court, which he co-produced with his wife Christine, and directed an episode for the HBO anthology Perversions of Science. In addition, he directed a short film called The Long and Short of It which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Shot on the set of Lord of the Rings, it features cast and crew from that film. He has also directed an episode of the television hit Angel and Jeremiah. He is currently developing a film inspired by Cornell Woolrich's short story 3 O'Clock.

Astin is also well known for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy and for his feature debut in The Goonies. His other film credits include Bulworth, Courage Under Fire, Memphis Belle, Encino Man, Like Father Like Son, Where the Day Takes You, Staying Together, War of the Roses and Safe Passage. He has also been seen in several independent movies Deterrence, Kimberly, The Last Producer and Boy Meets Girl.

He made his professional debut with his mother Patty Duke in the television After School Special Please Don't Hit Me Mom. He received Best Actor honors for his performance in Low Life at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Astin has earned a degree in History/American Literature and Culture from UCLA.

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Sean Astin Facts

Birth NameSean Patrick Astin
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1971 (52)
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Sean Astin compared to you?
Awards2003 MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Team (for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

Selected Filmography

Forever Strong
10:00 A.M.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
The Goonies
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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