More Sean Astin Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Boy Meets Girl)Astin is probably best remembered for his feature film debut in Richard Donner's blockbuster hit adventure, The Goonies; and best known for starring in the title role of Tri-Star's widely acclaimed Rudy, a quintessential America success story, in which he portrayed an inspirational American football hero, undaunted by his size. Most recently Astin appeared in pictures Bulworth and Courage Under Fire and played the title role in Showtime's Harrison Bergeron, based on the story by Kurt Vonnegut as well as starring in the independent feature, Low Life, directed by George Hickenlooper.
Astin, who hails from a theatrical family -- actors John Astin and Patty Duke -- followed in his family's footsteps, making his professional debut at age eight starring with his mother in the After School Special, Please Don't Hit Me Mom followed by his career-launching picture, The Goonies.
Since then he has had a steady stream of diversified roles in more than 20 productions including the teen comedies Encino Man, Like Father Like Son, with Dudley Moore, Where the Day Takes You and David Putnam's Memphis Belle. Some of his other film credits include Dan Petrie Jr.s' Toy Soldiers, Lee Grant's highly-praised Staying Together, Danny Devito's hit dark comedy, War of the Roses, with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; and Safe Passage opposite Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard.
Astin has also secured a strong reputation behind the camera having directed three short films, earning a 1995 Academy Award nomination for Kangaroo Court which he co-produced with his wife Christine under the banner of their production company, Lava Entertainment. He directed two other shorts: On My Honor and, more recently, HBO's anthology series, Perversion's of Science, which earned him membership in the Directors Guild of America.
Born in Santa Monica, Astin, attended Crossroads High School for the Arts and studied with the famous Stella Adler. He and his wife continued their academic studies together, graduating in 1998 with an honours degree in English and History from UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Bio courtesy Beyond Films for "Boy Meets Girl" (01-Jan-2000)