Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Sean Astin Biography

Birth Name:
Sean Patrick Duke
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, United States
Actor, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Biological father is Michael Tell, who was married to Patty Duke for less than a month in 1970
  • Referring to both Tell and John Astin, Sean told the New York Daily News, "I consider both men my fathers, and have learned a great deal from each
  • " First professional acting job was at the age of 9, opposite his mother in the TV-movie Please Don't Hit Me, Mom
  • Made his feature-film debut in the Steven Spielberg-produced The Goonies (1985)
  • Graduated cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles
  • In 2004, he published a memoir titled There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale
  • Served as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Navy during the Clinton administration, and on George W
  • Bush's President's Council on Service and Civic Participation
  • Has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Creative Coalition and the National Center for Family Literacy
  • Along with his wife, founded Lava Entertainment, a production company that focuses on adapting literary works
  • In June 2010, he attended a 25th-anniversary event held in honor of The Goonies in Astoria, Ore
  • (the shooting locale for the movie)
  • Is a vegetarian and a PETA supporter


  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1994Oscar-Best Short Film, Live Action: nominated


  • Allen Astin -- Brother
  • David Astin -- Brother
  • Tom Astin -- Brother
  • Alexandra Astin -- Daughter
  • Alexandra Louise Astin -- Daughter
  • Elizabeth Louise Astin -- Daughter
  • Isabella Louise Astin -- Daughter
  • Christine Astin -- Ex-wife
  • Michael Tell -- Father
  • Allen J. Astin -- Half Brother
  • David Astin -- Half Brother
  • Kevin Michael Pearce -- Half Brother
  • Thomas E. Astin -- Half Brother
  • Patty Duke -- Mother
  • John Astin -- Stepfather
  • Michael Pearce -- Stepfather
  • Christine Louise Harrel -- Wife