John Astin is a veteran Hollywood actor famously known for his iconic role as Gomez Addams in the 1960s series, The Addams FamilyAll throughout his career, Astin has delivered many notable performances in movies and TV series. Apart from acting, Astin has also dabbled in directing, writing, and producing. He also won an Academy Award nomination for his short film Prelude, which he wrote, directed, and produced.

John Astin

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John Astin Profile Details

Full name: John Allen Astin

Date of birth: 30 March 1930

Age: 93 years (as of 2023)

Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Height: 180 cm

Marital Status: Married

Spouse Name: Valerie Ann Sandobal

Children: 5

Profession: Actor, producer, film director

Net worth: $6 million

Early Life & Education

John Astin, the son of Margaret Linnie Mackenzie and Dr. Allen Varley Astin, was born on March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a physicist who held the post of director of the National Board of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, between 1951 and 1969.

Growing up in Washington, DC, Astin graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1948. He pursued a keen interest in the sciences, inspired by his dad, and this enthusiasm was reinforced when he was admonished by an English teacher in class for misinterpreting Moby Dick. Because of this, he resolutely decided not to study English again. After finishing high school, he was awarded a scholarship to Washington & Jefferson College in West Pennsylvania, where he studied math like his father.

Motivated by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Astin and a classmate put on a performance of Noel Coward’s Ways and Means. Subsequently, Astin moved to the mathematics division at Johns Hopkins University. Despite his ambition to finish his coursework, he surprisingly chose the most pivotal decision of his life and enrolled in the Johns Hopkins Play Shop. In 1952, Astin graduated with a diploma in dram from John Hopkins University.


John Astin’s journey to becoming a renowned figure in the entertainment industry began in the 1950s. He has made appearances in several successful television series and films, as well as taking on the roles of director and voice actor. His distinguished career has earned him recognition in the industry.

The Addams Family, John Astin

Some of his most notable works include:

The Addams Family (TV series): Astin gained considerable fame for his part as Gomez Addams in the much-liked TV show, The Addams Family, which ran from 1964 to 1966. His portrayal of Gomez was greatly acclaimed by viewers.

Night Gallery (TV series): Astin was featured in several installments of Night Gallery, a much-loved anthology program broadcast from 1970 to 1973.

Westworld (TV series): In 1973, John Astin was the star of the science fiction flick Westworld, which proved to be a great success both critically and commercially.

The Frighteners (Movie): In 1996, Astin starred in the comedic horror film The Frighteners, which was directed by Peter Jackson and was met with great praise for his performance.

In the 1980s, John Astin had a wide array of TV appearances, featuring The Facts of Life, Different Strokes, Murder, She Wrote, and Night Court.

John Astin’s Personal Life

John Astin tied the knot with actress Suzanne Hahn in 1956. Not much is understood about their married life. Nevertheless, it is evident that it was not a perfect union. The two officially ended their marriage in 1972. Astin has three sons from the relationship with Hahn- David, Allen, and Tom.

In 1970, John Astin was attending an ABC convention when he met Anna Marie “Patty” Duke, and their brief romance was brought to an end due to Astin’s marital status. However, he did not give up on his love for Patty and they tied the knot on August 5, 1972. Astin even adopted Patty’s son, Sean Astin, who is known for his role in the LOTR trilogy.

The couple had a second son, Mackenzie Astin, born on May 12, 1973. Unfortunately, their marriage turned unstable over time, and after 13 years of tumultuous spells, they divorced on November 3, 1985.

After being together for a year, Astin and Valerie Ann Sandobal were married on March 19, 1989. Subsequently, Astin relocated to Baltimore with his third wife and has resided there for the past 30 years.

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