Sean Astin is best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. In television, he appeared as Lynn McGill in the fifth season of 24 and currently voices Raphael in the 2012 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.
Astin stars in the just wrapped Sony Pictures Romantic Comedy entitled, Mom’s Night Out. Films awaiting immediate release are The Boys of Abu Ghraib and a WWII piece, The Little Boy. There are three other titles that wrapped production in the 1st part of the year: Extraction, and Freemason.
Astin recently received strong reviews for the charming and funny indie films And Their Off and Stay Cool.
Sean Astin made his feature film debut at age 13, starring in the blockbuster hit The Goonies. After The Goonies, the he appeared in several more films, including the Disney made-for-TV movie, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, White Water Summer, The War of the Roses, and the lauded World War II epic film Memphis Belle (1990). He successfully navigated the transition from child actor to young adult in the films Toy Soldiers and Encino Man.
Astin scored a career defining, triumphant success in the inspirational and universally applauded college football biopic Rudy (1993), about the life-changing struggles and rewards of the title character, Daniel Ruettiger.
He followed his success in Rudy by starring in films throughout the 1990s, including the Showtime science fiction film Harrison Bergeron, the Gulf War film Courage Under Fire, the Warren Beatty political satire Bulworth, and the romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl.
In the early 2000s, Astin experienced another career breakthrough with his role as Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Along with the many awards bestowed upon the trilogy, particularly its final installment The Return of the King (winner of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Astin received many award nominations for his own performance in Return of the King, taking home the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor and awards from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Seattle Film Critics, the Utah Film Critics Association, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society. As an ensemble, the Return of the King cast received awards from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and the Screen Actors Guild.
Since Lord of the Rings, Astin has consistently worked in film and television. His film roles have included the Adam Sandler comedies 50 First Dates and Click.
In television, Astin guest-starred as Lynn McGill throughout the fifth season of the Fox drama 24. He also appeared in the made-for-TV films Hercules and The Colour of Magic and in episodes of Monk, Las Vegas, My Name is Earl and Law & Order, among other shows. He went on to directed a 2003 episode of the TV series Angel, titled “Soulless” as well as an episode of the Showtime Series Jeremiah, where he played the enigmatic Mr. Smith during the 2nd season. He also starred in F/X's 2014 hit series, The Strain.
Astin’s career has also expanded to include voice-over roles. He narrated the American version of the Animal Planet series Meerkat Manor, and voiced the title character in the animated Disney Channel series Special Agent Oso. His other voice work includes Balto III: Wings of Change and many video games including Kingdom Hearts. Astin is currently the voice of Raphael in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series on Nickelodeon. Astin portrays the role of Matthew in The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio version of the New Testament.
Astin forayed into the Internet realm. Among other longer form projects, in early 2012, he appeared in two Funny or Die videos, including an NFL Rookie Players association, much ballyhooed spoof.
In 1994, Astin directed and co-produced (with his wife, Christine Astin) the short film Kangaroo Court, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. While working on Lord of the Rings, Astin made his next short film, The Long and Short of It. The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and appears on the DVD for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, along with a “making of” video. Looking to make the leap to feature films, Astin and his wife, Christine, are now making a full length movie based on Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning novel Number the Stars.
In 2004, Astin broke into the publishing world and authored the NY TImes Best Selling release of There and Back Again a memoir (co-written with Joe Layden) of his film career with emphasis on his experiences with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Finally, Astin founded an internet radio show centering on politics, in particular the need to foster civil discourse in the national conversation. The show is whimsically called, Vox Populi, Voice of the ‘Occasionally’ Interested People and has recorded over thirty archived episodes. It can be heard on the internet based, ToadHopNetwork or downloaded as an ITunes Pod Cast.
Sean Astin will be appearing at Niagara Falls Comic Con all three days.