Life and career
Born on February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California as Sean Patrick Duke, Astin studied and graduated with a degree in history and English at UCLA. His first acting role was in a made-for-telvision movie alongside his mother; his first role was with The Goonies. ♡
Starring in other films such as Encino Man, Toy Soliders, and White Water Summer, his next big role was as the titular Rudy in Rudy. Astin was later cast as Samwise Gamgee for Peter Jackson's adaptions of the Lord of the Rings novels. More recently he portrayed Bob Newby in Stranger Things.
Astin has also served as a voice actor for a number of animated movies and TV shows, like Special Agent Oso, Balto III: Wings of Change, bthe Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and Bunnicula. He also narrated Meerkat Manor, and did voice acting for video games like Kingdom Hearts, Minecraft: Story Mode, and multiple Lord of the Rings video games.
In honor of his maternal grandfather, who was a military veteran, Astin has donated money and volunteered for the USO and other veterans' support organizations. As thanks, Sean Astin has had a military "challenge coin" minted in his honor, which contained the insignia of his grandfather's unit and the two masks of tragedy and comedy, signifying drama.
|The Goonies actors and actresses|
|Main cast||Sean Astin • Josh Brolin • Jeff Cohen • Robert Davi • Corey Feldman • Kerri Green • John Matuszak • Joe Pantoliano • Martha Plimpton • Ke Huy Quan • Anne Ramsey|
|Secondary cast||Steve Antin • Curtis Hanson • Lupe Ontiveros • Mary Ellen Trainor • Keith Walker|
|Miscellaneous cast||Jeb Adams • Newton Dennis Arnold • Owen Bush • Patrick Cameron • Michael Paul Chan • Elaine Cohen McMahon • Ted Grossman • Orwin Harvey • Charles McDaniel • George Nicholas McLean • Jack O'Leary • George Robotham • Gene Ross • Max Segar • Paul Tuerpe • Eric Briant Wells|