While his parents (actor-director John Astin and award-winning actress Patty Duke) pointed out the pitfalls of a show business career, handsome Mackenzie Astin nevertheless chose to act while still a...
Acting debut in the CBS TV-movie "Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal"
First leading role in features, "Iron Will"
Co-starred as Shirley MacLaine's grandson in "The Evening Star"
Appeared on the long-running NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life" as Andy Moffett
Portrayed Henry S Villard, friend of Ernest Hemingway, in Richard Attenborough's "In Love and War"
Left acting to attend Johns Hopkins University
Played regular role in the NBC drama series "First Years"
Returned to acting in the TV-movie "A Child Lost Forever" (NBC)
First worked with mother, Patty Duke, in an episode of the ABC sitcom "Hail to the Chief"
Appeared in the ensemble of Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"
Co-starred in the NBC documdrama "The Long Island Incident"
Had male lead in the "mockumentary" called "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human"
While his parents (actor-director John Astin and award-winning actress Patty Duke) pointed out the pitfalls of a show business career, handsome Mackenzie Astin nevertheless chose to act while still a youngster. Like his mother, he was able to make the transition from child player to adult performer after taking a short break to briefly attend college. Astin made his performing debut at age eight in the CBS TV-movie "Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal" in 1982. Three years later, he made a guest appearance on his mother's short-lived ABC sitcom "Hail to the Chief" before joining the cast of the NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life" as wayward youth Andy Moffett. While a popular figure among the Tiger Beat set, the actor segued to the big screen in the crude comedy "The Garbage Pail Kids Movie" (1987). After three seasons and a handful of other TV appearances, Astin took a break to complete high school and enroll at his father's alma mater Johns Hopkins University.
born in 1930; starred in 1960s TV series "The Addams Family"; married to Patty Duke from 1972 to 1985
born on March 23, 1961
born on February 25, 1971; mother, Patty Duke; father, Michael Tell; raised by John Astin
born on March 19. 1965
born in 1946; starred in 1960s TV series "The Patty Duke Show"; married to John Astin from 1972 to 1985
younger; parents, Patty Duke and Michael Pearce
Johns Hopkins University
"There was a period when I became disillusioned with the politics of what goes on in show business. My mom had missed a lot of her childhood, so I figured it would be a good time to hang up my acting shoes. I was probably reading too much J D Salinger at the time." - Astin on his hiatus from acting in the early 1990s to USA Today, Jan. 31, 1997
"I don't believe in representing the kind of behavior that isn't good for society. For now, playing a nice guy is where I'm at." - Mackenzie Astin to People, Feb. 17, 1997