Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on March 30th 1930, the actor John Astin who played Gomez Addams, was born today.
John Allen Astin was born March 30, 1930, and is an American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows, as well as a television director and voice artist and is best known for the roles of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, and other similarly eccentric comedic characters.
Astin started in theater, making his first Broadway appearance as an understudy in Major Barbara, and also did voice-over work for commercials. His first big break in film came with a small part in West Side Story in 1961.
From 1964 to 1966, he starred in The Addams Family as Gomez Addams, the head of the macabre family. He appeared in the TV show The New Addams Family as Grandpapa Addams in 1998, with the role of Gomez Addams played by Glenn Taranto.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Barry Cassidy) is the theme song of 1964 television show. As we celebrate John Astin’s birthday today on March 30th.
John Astin’s son Sean Patrick Astin is an American actor, director, voice artist, and producer best known for his film roles as Sam wise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Sean Astin was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actress Patty Duke. At the time, it was reported that entertainer Desi Arnaz, Jr. was his biological father.
When Michael Tell, a writer, music promoter and publisher of the newspaper The Las Vegas Israelite, came to sublet her apartment and offered to marry her as a way out of the scandal, Duke agreed. The marriage lasted only 13 days in 1970, and ended long before Astin was born.
On August 5, 1972, Patty Duke married actor John Astin, after having been in a relationship with him for two years. When the wedding guests were invited to speak, 18-month-old Astin looked at John and cried, “Daddy!” in which the Episcopal priest performing the ceremony remarked, “Well, that about does it!”
John Astin subsequently adopted Sean in 1973, and became his father.
John Astin served for four years on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, and has been active in community affairs in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
He has continued to work in acting, appearing in a string of Killer Tomatoes films as Professor Gangreen and as Professor Wickwire in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
He also has toured the one-man play Edgar Allan Poe: Once upon a Midnight, written by Paul Day Clemens and Ron Magid.
In a December 2007 Baltimore Examiner interview, Astin said of his acting experience: “We all struggle, and I had plenty of that, but I’ve had a great time. I’ve done hundreds of TV shows and 30 to 40 movies, and I love acting. I’m very happy having done the Poe. That’s been really terrific.
As we remember John Astin today on his birthday, we remember what shows we’ve seen him and wish a wonderful 86th birthday!
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