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Encyclopedia > John Astin
John Astin
Birth name John Allen Astin
Born March 30, 1930(1930-03-30) (age 77)
Baltimore, Maryland

John Allen Astin (born March 30, 1930) is an Oscar nominated American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows, but is best known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family television series and similarly eccentric comedic characters. is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Gomez Addams is the fictional patriarch of The Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams for The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s. ... For the TV series, see The Addams Family (TV series). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...

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Personal life

Astin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Margaret Linnie Mackenzie and Dr. Allen Varley Astin. He attended Johns Hopkins University (Class of 1952) after transferring from Washington & Jefferson College. He studied mathematics at both institutions and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Johns Hopkins. Baltimore redirects here. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... The Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1876, is a private institution of higher learning located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, in the city of Washington, Pennsylvania. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... Phi Kappa Psi (ΦΚΨ, Phi Psi) is a U.S. national college fraternity. ...


He has five sons overall. Three sons (David, Allen, and Tom) were with his first wife, Suzanne Hahn, and two sons (Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin, both successful actors) with his second wife, fellow actor Patty Duke. Sean is the biological son of Michael Tell. John legally adopted him when he married Patty. John Astin is currently married to Valerie Ann Sandobal. Sean Astin (born Sean Patrick Duke[1] on February 25, 1971) is an American film actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer, most famous for his film roles as Mikey in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Drew Barrymores... Mackenzie Astin in Facts of Life Mackenzie Alexander Astin (born 12 May 1973) is an American actor. ... Patty Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress of the stage and screen. ...


His younger brother, Alexander Astin, is a professor emeritus at UCLA. His father was a past director of the former National Bureau of Standards (NBS), now a part of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has five granddaughters — Alexandra, Elizabeth, Isabella, Sedona and Jaya. He currently teaches theater at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins.


Career

Astin started in theatre, doing voice-over work for commercials. His first big break came in a small but memorable part in the Oscar-winning West Side Story in 1961. In 1962-63, he starred in the sitcom "I'm Dickens - He's Fenster" with Marty Ingels. From 1964-66, he starred in The Addams Family as Gomez Addams, the macabre head of the family. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... West Side Story is a 1961 film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the TV series, see The Addams Family (TV series). ... Gomez Addams is the fictional patriarch of The Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams for The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s. ...


Return to the Addams familly

Original Gomez (Astin-left) and Modern Gomez (Taranto-right)

He returned on the TV show The New Addams Family as Grandpapa Addams, alongside his successor in the role of Gomez, Glenn Taranto . Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... Glenn Taranto (born 27 January 1959 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA) is an American actor. ...


Other roles

Astin also played the Riddler on Batman during Frank Gorshin's second season departure (Gorshin came back for the 3rd). Furthermore, he made a notable appearance in popular mystery show Murder, She Wrote, as the villainous Sheriff Harry Pierce. He had a recurring role on the sitcom Night Court as Buddy, eccentric former mental patient and the father of lead character Harry Stone. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, from the Batman TV series. ... Jessica in the episode The Cemetery Vote Murder, She Wrote is a popular, long-running television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. ... Night Court was an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 1984 until May 1992. ...


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 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 is active in community affairs in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Tales from the Crypt is an American horror anthology TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. It was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and was produced by The Geffen Film Company in association with Warner Bros. ... Taz as he appeared on Taz-Mania. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...


He has continued to work, appearing in a string of Killer Tomatoes films as Professor Gangreen. He also tours the one-man play Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight, written by Paul Day Clemens and Ron Magid. Astin teaches method acting and directing in the Writing Seminars Department at Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. Look up day in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... RON may refer to any of the following: A diminutive for the given name Ronald In elections, it stands for Re-Open Nominations The name of King Arthurs spear with which he kills Mordred at the Battle of Camlann RON, an initialism for Rzeczpospolita Obojga Narodów aka Polish... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ...


Selected filmography

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John Astin (567 words)
John Astin (born March 30, 1930) is an American actor best known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family television series.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins University, where he studied mathematics.
Astin teaches acting and directing in the Writing Seminars Department at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.
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John Astin (born March 30, 1930) is an American actor best known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family television series.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins University, where he studied mathematics.
Astin teaches acting and directing in the Writing Seminars Department at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.
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