John Astin

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Biography

  • Birth Name: John Allen Astin
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/30/1930, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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John Astin 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.
  • John Astin Relationships:
  • Valerie Ann Sandobal - Wife
  • Patty Duke - Ex-wife
  • Sean Astin - Son
  • Dr. Allen V. Astin - Father
  • Suzanne Hahn - Ex-wife
  • Allen Astin - Son
  • David Astin - Son
  • Thomas Astin - Son
  • Mackenzie Astin - Son
  • Margaret Linnie Mackenzie - Mother
  • John Astin Awards:
  • 1968 Oscar: Best Short Subject (Live Action) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (BA in Drama, 1952); attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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