John Astin was born to a father who had a knack for numbers (his father was the Director of the National Bureau of Standards). Astin thought he would follow in Allen Astin's footsteps. He majored in mathmatics at Washington and Jefferson College. When he transferred to John Hopkins, he was still a math major. Then, he appeared in a school production and he was hooked on acting. He switched his major to acting and graduated in 1952 with a B.A. in drama.
After graduation, John attended the University of Minnesota. He completed some coursework towards his graduate degree before dropping out. With only $100 in his pocket, John traveled to New York. There, he worked as a janitor in several theaters until he earned an off Broadway role. He found some success in Broadway productions (Threepenny Opera, Major Barbara and Tall Story). John began working steadily (on stage and in film); although, none of the parts were huge. Eventually, he landed a part on the sit-com I'm Dickens, He's Fenster. After that role came John's stand out role as Gomez Addams on The Addams Family. Although the show only lasted 2 seasons, it has been seen around the world through re-runs.
John has had numerous recurring roles on TV. He became known as perennial guest star, appearing on many popular sit-coms throughout his career.
He has also been active in film--mostly playing small character roles. In 1969, he was nominated for an Oscar for a short film he wrote and directed.
John has been married 3 times. He had 3 sons with his first wife, Suzanne Hahn (m. 1956, d. 1972). He had 2 sons (both arguably successful actors) with actress Patty Duke(m. Aug 5, 1972, d. 1985). In 1989, he married his 3rd wife, Valerie Ann Sandobal. … Expand
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|Duckman: Season 3||Jan 6, 1996||Terry Duke Tetzloff||tbd|
|Duckman: Season 2||Mar 11, 1995||Terry Duke Tetzloff||tbd|
|Murder, She Wrote: Season 10||Sep 12, 1993||Fritz Randall||8.0|
|Night Court: Season 7||Sep 27, 1989||Buddy||tbd|
|Night Court: Season 6||Oct 26, 1988||Buddy||tbd|
|Night Court: Season 5||Sep 17, 1987||Buddy||tbd|
|Night Court: Season 4||Oct 2, 1986||Buddy||tbd|
|Night Court: Season 3||Sep 26, 1985||Buddy||tbd|
|CHiPs: Season 6||Oct 10, 1982||Director||tbd|
|Mr. Merlin: Season 1||Oct 7, 1981||Director||tbd|
|The Addams Family: Season 2||Sep 17, 1965||Gomez Addams||7.0|
|The Addams Family: Season 1||Sep 18, 1964||Gomez Addams||8.7|