Biography

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964). John Astin standing at a height of 5' 11" (1.8 m) was born March 30, 1930 (Aries), in Baltimore, MD as John Allen Astin to Allen V. Astin and Margaret Astin with a brother Alexander Astin. He is an American actor, voice actor and director. He attended Washington, Jefferson College and Johns Hopkins University where he studied mathematics. However he discovered a passion for the theater and began performing in minor plays and doing voice-over work for commercials. Married Suzanne Hahn on March 26, 1956, had 3 sons: David Aston (born 1953), Allen J. Astin (born March 23, 1961) and Thomas E. Astin (born March 19, 1965), then divorced June 14, 1972. He first got noticed in a small role in West Side Story (1961), then appeared in several other films, That Touch of Mink (1962), Move Over Darling (1963), before being cast as "Gomez Addams". While "The Addams Family (1964–1966)" was initially a huge hit, its popularity petered out after two years, and Astin moved on to other work including the offbeat Bunny O'Hare (1971), playing a grizzled but not particularly bright gunfighter in the western spoof Evil Roy Slade (1972), an appearance in the Disney comedy Freaky Friday (1976), reprising the role in the television film Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977) and dual roles in National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Teen Wolf Too (1987) and The Frighteners (1996). Married Patty Duke on August 5, 1972, had 2 sons: Mackenzie Astin (born May 12, 1973) and adopted Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971), when he was 3 years old, then divorced November 3, 1985. Roughly four years later, he married Valerie Ann Sandobal on March 19, 1989 and is still presently married. He has since lent his comedic talents to numerous appearances as "Dr. Gangreen" in several corny "Killer Tomato" movies, and has contributed his voice to recreate "Gomez Addams" in the animated series The Addams Family (1992), and then played "Grandpa Addams" in the short-lived TV series The New Addams Family (1998). In addition, Astin has contributed voices to several animated shows, and is still active (1957-present) regularly appearing in films. Currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with current wife. Astin was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his directorial debut, the comedic short Prelude (1968).[2]

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964). John Astin standing at a height of 5' 11" (1.8 m) was born March 30, 1930 (Aries), in Baltimore, MD as John Allen Astin to Allen V. Astin and Margaret Astin with a brother Alexander Astin. He is an American actor, voice actor and director. He attended Washington, Jefferson College and Johns Hopkins University where he studied mathematics. However he discovered a passion for the theater and began performing in minor plays and doing voice-over work for commercials. Married Suzanne Hahn on March 26, 1956, had 3 sons: David Aston (born 1953), Allen J. Astin (born March 23, 1961) and Thomas E. Astin (born March 19, 1965), then divorced June 14, 1972. He first got noticed in a small role in West Side Story (1961), then appeared in several other films, That Touch of Mink (1962), Move Over Darling (1963), before being cast as "Gomez Addams". While "The Addams Family (1964–1966)" was initially a huge hit, its popularity petered out after two years, and Astin moved on to other work including the offbeat Bunny O'Hare (1971), playing a grizzled but not particularly bright gunfighter in the western spoof Evil Roy Slade (1972), an appearance in the Disney comedy Freaky Friday (1976), reprising the role in the television film Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977) and dual roles in National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Teen Wolf Too (1987) and The Frighteners (1996). Married Patty Duke on August 5, 1972, had 2 sons: Mackenzie Astin (born May 12, 1973) and adopted Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971), when he was 3 years old, then divorced November 3, 1985. Roughly four years later, he married Valerie Ann Sandobal on March 19, 1989 and is still presently married. He has since lent his comedic talents to numerous appearances as "Dr. Gangreen" in several corny "Killer Tomato" movies, and has contributed his voice to recreate "Gomez Addams" in the animated series The Addams Family (1992), and then played "Grandpa Addams" in the short-lived TV series The New Addams Family (1998). In addition, Astin has contributed voices to several animated shows, and is still active (1957-present) regularly appearing in films. Currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with current wife. Astin was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his directorial debut, the comedic short Prelude (1968).[2]

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 106

Birthday 1930-03-30

Place of Birth Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Allen Astin

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Betaville as President Sender
2005 School of Life as Norman Warner
2000 As Told by Ginger (2 episodes) as Dave Bishop (voice) (1 episode)
1998 The Making of 'The Frighteners' as Himself
1998 Becker (1 episode)
1998 The Hughleys (1 episode)
1998 The Wild Thornberrys (1 episode)
1997 Recess (1 episode) as Supt. Skinner (voice)
1996 The Frighteners as The Judge
1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (44 episodes)
1995 Pinky and the Brain (1 episode)
1994 The Silence of the Hams as The Ranger
1994 Duckman (3 episodes)
1994 Huck and the King of Hearts as Zach
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1 episode)
1993 Bonkers (1 episode)
1992 Killer Tomatoes Eat France! as Prof. Mortimer Gangreen
1992 Mad About You (1 episode)
1992 The Addams Family (40 episodes)
1991 Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! as Jeronahew/Prof. Gangreen
1991 Eerie, Indiana (5 episodes) as Radford
1991 Taz-Mania (116 episodes) as Bull Gator (voice)
1990 They Came from Outer Space (1 episode) as Neville Nessen
1990 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (21 episodes)
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch as Janitor
1989 Night Life as Verlin Flanders
1989 Tales from the Crypt (1 episode)
1988 Return of the Killer Tomatoes! as Prof. Gangreen
1987 Teen Wolf Too as Dean Dunn
1987 Body Slam as Scotty
1987 The Charmings (1 episode)
1986 Mystery Magical Special as John Astin
1986 Mr. Boogedy as Widow Marian
1985 Mary (13 episodes)
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation as Kent
1985 Otherworld (1 episode)
1984 Charles in Charge (1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (4 episodes)
1984 Night Court (1 episode)
1982 St. Elsewhere (1 episode)
1981 Simon & Simon (1 episode)
1979 The Facts of Life (1 episode)
1978 Diff'rent Strokes (1 episode)
1977 Halloween with the New Addams Family as Gomez Addams
1976 Freaky Friday as Bill Andrews
1975 Welcome Back, Kotter (1 episode)
1975 The Bob Crane Show (1 episode)
1975 The Dream Makers as Manny Wheeler
1974 Only with Married Men as Dr. Harvey Osterman
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 The Horror Hall of Fame: A Monster Salute
1974 Hard Day at Blue Nose
1974 Skyway to Death as Andrew Tustin
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1973 Brothers O'Toole as Michael O'Toole
1972 Ghost Story (1 episode)
1972 Temperatures Rising (1 episode)
1972 The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1 episode) as Gomez Addams (voice)
1972 Every Little Crook and Nanny as Vito Garbugli
1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit as Mr. Turnbull
1972 Evil Roy Slade as Evil Roy Slade
1972 Wacky Taxi as Pepper
1971 Two on a Bench as Dr. Stanley Remington
1971 Bunny O'Hare as Ad
1971 McMillan & Wife (0 episodes)
1970 Night Gallery (2 episodes)
1970 The Odd Couple (1 episode)
1969 Viva Max! as Sergeant Valdez
1968 Candy as T.M. Christian / Jack Christian
1968 Prelude
1967 The Flying Nun (2 episodes)
1967 He & She (1 episode)
1967 Malibu U (1 episode)
1967 The Spirit Is Willing as Dr. Frieden
1966 CBS Playhouse (1 episode)
1966 Occasional Wife (1 episode)
1966 Hey, Landlord (1 episode)
1966 The Pruitts of Southampton (1 episode)
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)
1964 The Addams Family (64 episodes) as Gomez Addams
1963 Move Over, Darling as Clyde Prokey
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (1 episode)
1963 The Wheeler Dealers as Hector Vanson
1962 Period of Adjustment as Smoky Anderson
1962 I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (32 episodes)
1962 That Touch of Mink as Mr. Everett Beasley
1961 West Side Story as Glad Hand, the dance organizer
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1961 Hazel (1 episode)
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1961 The Asphalt Jungle (1 episode)
1960 Route 66 (2 episodes)
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1960 Checkmate (1 episode) as Jim Poole
1959 Dennis, The Menace (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)

Directing

1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)Director
1983 Just Our Luck (10 episodes)Director
1981 Mr. Merlin (1 episode)Director
1977 CHiPs (3 episodes)Director
1977 Lanigan's Rabbi (1 episode)Director
1976 Holmes and Yoyo (4 episodes)Director
1972 Wacky Taxi Director
1971 McMillan & Wife (2 episodes)Director
1970 Night Gallery (2 episodes)Director
1968 Prelude Director

Production

1977 Halloween with the New Addams Family Producer

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