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Fast Facts

  • Father was the director of the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology).
  • Majored in mathematics when he entered college, but decided to pursue drama after appearing in a play.
  • Did graduate work in English literature and dramatics at the University of Minnesota.
  • Early theatrical training was in classical drama, including Shakespeare.
  • First notable work on screen was a small part in West Side Story (1961).
  • Received an Oscar nomination for Prelude (1968), a short he wrote, produced, directed and starred in.
  • Taught theater at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Is a Buddhist and a vegetarian.


  • 1968, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Live Action): Nominee


  • David Astin — Son
  • Thomas Astin — Son
  • Mackenzie Astin — Son
  • Margaret Linnie Mackenzie — Mother
  • Valerie Ann Sandobal — Wife
  • Allen Astin — Son
  • Suzanne Hahn — Ex-wife
  • Patty Duke — Ex-wife
  • Sean Astin — Son
  • Dr. Allen V. Astin — Father


  • Attended Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (BA in Drama, 1952); attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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  • Birth Name: John Allen Astin
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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