Mackenzie Astin

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Castle 2015 (Tv Show)

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Mad Men 2015 (Tv Show)

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2015 (Tv Show)

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Scorpion 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Night Shift 2015 (Tv Show)

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Franklin & Bash 2014 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii Five-O 2014 (Tv Show)

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Mind Games 2014 (Tv Show)

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Scandal 2014 (Tv Show)

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Bones 2013 (Tv Show)

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Private Practice 2013 (Tv Show)

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Rizzoli & Isles 2013 (Tv Show)

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Shameless 2013 (Tv Show)

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Touch 2013 (Tv Show)

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90210 2012 (Tv Show)

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Criminal Minds 2012 (Tv Show)

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NCIS 2012 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2011 (Tv Show)

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Prime Suspect 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Defenders 2010 (Tv Show)

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Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

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Military Intelligence and You! 2008 (Movie)

Major Mitch Dunning (Actor)

My Name is Earl 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Final Season 2007 (Movie)

Chip Dolan (Actor)

House 2006 (Tv Show)

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Justice 2006 (Tv Show)

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Pepper Dennis 2006 (Tv Show)

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Lost 2005 (Tv Show)

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Off the Lip 2004 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

How to Deal 2003 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

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2 Days 2001 (Movie)

Stephen Bell (Actor)

First Years 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Zeros 2000 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human 1999 (Movie)

The Male (Actor)

Dream For an Insomniac 1998 (Movie)

David Shrader (Actor)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

In Love and War 1996 (Movie)

Harry Villard (Actor)

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

Teddy Horton (Actor)

Widow's Kiss 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Iron Will 1994 (Movie)

Will Stoneman (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Young Man on Boat (Actor)

Brooklyn Bridge 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie 1987 (Movie)

Dodger (Actor)

Hail to the Chief 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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A Child Lost Forever (TV Show)

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In From the Night (TV Show)

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Show)

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Love's Enduring Promise (TV Show)

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Selma, Lord, Selma (TV Show)

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Stranger Than Fiction (TV Show)

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The Long Island Incident (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

John Astin

Father
born in 1930 starred in 1960s TV series "The Addams Family" married to Patty Duke from 1972 to 1985

Allen Astin

Half-Brother
born on March 23, 1961

David Astin

Half-Brother
older

Sean Astin

Half-Brother
born on February 25, 1971 mother, Patty Duke father, Michael Tell raised by John Astin

Thomas Astin

Half-Brother
born on March 19. 1965

Patty Duke

Mother
born in 1946 starred in 1960s TV series "The Patty Duke Show" married to John Astin from 1972 to 1985

Kevin Pearce

Half-Brother
younger parents, Patty Duke and Michael Pearce

EDUCATION

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland 1990
Dropped out

Milestones

2001

Played regular role in the NBC drama series "First Years"

1999

Had male lead in the "mockumentary" called "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human"

1998

Co-starred in the NBC documdrama "The Long Island Incident"

1998

Appeared in the ensemble of Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"

1996

Co-starred as Shirley MacLaine's grandson in "The Evening Star"

1996

Portrayed Henry S Villard, friend of Ernest Hemingway, in Richard Attenborough's "In Love and War"

1994

First leading role in features, "Iron Will"

1992

Returned to acting in the TV-movie "A Child Lost Forever" (NBC)

1990

Left acting to attend Johns Hopkins University

1985

Appeared on the long-running NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life" as Andy Moffett

1985

First worked with mother, Patty Duke, in an episode of the ABC sitcom "Hail to the Chief"

1982

Acting debut in the CBS TV-movie "Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal"

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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"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

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