John Astin

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Bristling with manic energy from every pore, actor and director John Astin specialized in oddball characters whose sense of joie de vivre rarely got in the way of reality, most notably Gomez Addams, his iconic role on ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1930 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Betaville 2004 (Movie)

President Sender (Actor)

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Becker 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1984 - 1986, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1984 - 1986, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1977 - 1978, 1983 - 1987, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Operation Petticoat 1977 - 1978, 1981 - 1987, 1993 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Step by Step 1984 - 1986, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1984 - 1986, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1984 - 1986, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Strip 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The New Addams Family 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

The Judge (Actor)

The Addams Family 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Huck and the King of Hearts 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stepmonster 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eerie, Indiana 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Killer Tomatoes Eat France! 1991 (Movie)

Professor Gangrene (Actor)

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Janitor (Actor)

Killer Tomatoes Strike Back 1990 (Movie)

Professor Gangreen (Actor)

Simon & Simon 1981 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marc Summers' Mystery Magical Tour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Anderson's Sideshow 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Life 1988 (Movie)

Verlin Flanders (Actor)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes 1988 (Movie)

Professor Gangrene (Actor)

Neat and Tidy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen Wolf Too 1987 (Movie)

Dean Dunn (Actor)

Body Slam 1986 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Mary 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Boogedy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

"Pig In A Poke" Host - Kent (Actor)

Operation Petticoat 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

Mr Andrews (Actor)

Phillip and Barbara 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mouse Factory 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972 (Movie)

Mr Turnbull (Actor)

The Brothers O'Toole 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

Ganucci's Lawyer (Actor)

Bunny O'Hare 1970 (Movie)

Ad (Actor)

Viva Max! 1969 (Movie)

Sergeant Valdez (Actor)

Candy 1968 (Movie)

Daddy (Actor)

The Pruitts of Southampton 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

Dr Frieden (Actor)

I'm Dickens... He's Fenster 1962 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Move Over, Darling 1962 (Movie)

Clyde Prokey (Actor)

That Touch of Mink 1962 (Movie)

Beasley (Actor)

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

Hector Vanson (Actor)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

Glad Hand--a Social Worker (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Haunted Hollywood (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Kline, We Love You (TV Show)

Actor

Night Creatures (TV Show)

Actor

Only With Married Men (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

School of Life (TV Show)

Actor

Skyway to Death (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Dulac (TV Show)

Actor

The Dream Makers (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Two on a Bench (TV Show)

Actor
Director (11)

Holmes and Yoyo 1976 - 1978, 1981 - 1987, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Just Our Luck 1983 - 1986, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

McMillan & Wife 1971 - 1978, 1981 - 1987, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Mr. Merlin 1977 - 1978, 1981 - 1987, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Night Gallery 1971 - 1978, 1981 - 1987, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Rosetti and Ryan 1977 - 1978, 1983 - 1986, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Scared Silly 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Two Guys From Muck 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Ethel Is an Elephant 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Getting There 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Bristling with manic energy from every pore, actor and director John Astin specialized in oddball characters whose sense of joie de vivre rarely got in the way of reality, most notably Gomez Addams, his iconic role on "The Addams Family" (ABC, 1964-66). He had been a stage performer and minor character actor prior to being cast as Gomez, and his pop-eyed, relentlessly cheery turn as the bizarre paterfamilias instantly launched him to stardom. From there, he worked regularly as a guest star on television while honing an infrequent second career as a director, which included an Oscar nomination for his short, "Prelude" (1968). Though the quality of his projects declined in subsequent years, he remained a favorite thanks to his "Addams" past, which gave him a decidedly kooky small-screen immortality.

Relationships

Allen Varley Astin

Father

Margaret Linnie Astin

Mother

Valerie Astin

Wife
married c. 1988

Allen Astin

Son
born on March 23, 1961

David Astin

Son

Mackenzie Astin

Son
born on May 12, 1973 mother, Patty Duke

Sean Astin

Son
born on February 25, 1971 mother, Patty Duke father, Michael Tell for years it was thought that Astin was Sean's father but genetic testing proved otherwise

Thomas Astin

Son
born on March 19, 1965

Patty Duke

Wife
married on August 5, 1972 divorced in 1985 during their marriage was professionally known as Patty Duke Astin

EDUCATION

Washington and Jefferson College

Washington , Pennsylvania 1948 - 1950

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland 1952

University of Minnesota

Minnesota 1952 - 1953
did graduate work

Milestones

1997

Toured in one-man show "Edgar Allen Poe: Once Upon a Midnight"

1992

Played role of Radford on the short-lived NBC fantasy series, "Eerie, Indiana"

1988

First created the role of Professor Gangrene for the spoof feature, "Return of the Killer Tomatoes"

1987

Returned to feature film work with roles in "Teen Wolf Too" and "Body Slam"

1977

Reprised role of Gomez Addams for the TV-movie, "The Addams Family"

1976

Last feature film for over a decade, "Freaky Friday"

1970

First TV-movie, "Two on a Bench"

1968

Produced and directed a short film, "Prelude", which received an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject

1962

First TV series: Played role of Harry Dickens on the ABC sitcom, "I'm Dickens...He's Fenster"

1961

Feature film debut, "West Side Story"

1956

Made Broadway stage debut in a revival of "Major Barbara" at the Martin Beck Theatre

1954

Made stage debut in a revival of "The Threepenny Opera" at the Theatre de Lys in New York City

Played the recurring role of cousin Rudy on the ABC sitcom, "The Pruitts of Southampton" (series name changed to the "The Phyllis Diller Show" midway during its run)

Provided the voice of Gomez Addams for the ABC animated children's series, "The Addams Family"

Starred as Captain Matthew Sherman on the ABC sitcom, "Operation Petticoat", based on the 1959 hit movie; also directed some episodes

Played role of Ed LaSalle on the CBS sitcom, "Mary"

Played recurring role of Professor Wickwire on the Fox Network's comedy-Western series, "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr."

Played best-known TV role as Gomez Addams on the ABC sitcom, "The Addams Family"

Earliest TV directing credits, helming episodes of "McMillan and Wife" and "Night Gallery"

Played recurring role of Buddy Ryan on the NBC sitcom, "Night Court"

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