John Astin

John Astin

  • Highest Rated: 93% West Side Story (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Silence of the Hams (1994)
  • Birthday: Mar 30, 1930
  • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • American actor John Astin was the son of Dr. Allen V. Astin, director of the National Bureau of Standards. Evidently inheriting his intellectual bent from his father, Astin was a voracious reader and mathematician, at one point in his high school career mastering an entire semester's worth of study in one evening (that's his story, anyway). A part in the senior play at Johns Hopkins University (where he was majoring in math) cemented his desire to act, and in 1952 Astin did graduate work in dramatics at the University of Minnesota, where he appeared in 40 plays in and around the campus, played the violin, and gambled incessantly (and badly). With $100 in his pocket, Astin headed to New York, where he did janitorial work in theatres until securing a role in the off-Broadway Threepenny Opera for a princely $15 per week. Better money came Astin's way when he started doing voice-over work for animated commercials; in 1961 he extended his acting skills to films in a small but memorable part as a smarmy social worker in the Oscar-winning West Side Story. In 1962, Astin was teamed with Marty Ingels on the blue-collar sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, which despite a loyal following failed to garner ratings. The show did, however, establish Astin as a reliable laugh-getter, leading to a more successful run as Gomez Addams, the macabre but passionate paterfamilias on The Addams Family. This series ran from 1964 to 1966, after which Astin spent a great deal of time touring the country in theatrical productions - often living out of a van, a lifestyle he seemed to thrive upon. Joining Astin during his barnstorming days was his second wife, actress Patty Duke, who called herself Patty Duke Astin for the duration (Astin and Duke raised a son, Sean Astin, who grew up to become a popular film actor in his own right). The marriage ultimately dissolved due in part to Astin's bohemian point of view, though while the union lasted both Astin and Duke were tireless workaholics who were rarely without acting gigs. His many credits during this time period include 1974's Skyway to Death, and playing the dad in the original version of Freaky Friday. He directed and appeared in the TV movie Operation Petticoat. In the 1980's he landed recurring roles on both Murder, She Wrote and the sitcom Night Court. His marriage to Patti Duke ended in 1985, but Astin maintained a busy schedule appearing as a game-show host in National Lampoon's European Vacation, Teen Wolf Two, and Return of the Killer Tomatoes! As the 90s got under way he made two more Killer Tomatoes movies, appeared on the TV shows Mad About You and The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and earned favorable reviews for his appearance in The Frighteners.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet School of Life Norman Warner 2005
No Score Yet El Planeta Zeta Actor 2001
63% The Frighteners The Judge 1996
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron Golf Announcer (uncredited) 1995
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters Right Wing Nut 1994
0% The Silence of the Hams Ranger 1994
0% Stepmonster Priest 1993
No Score Yet Huck & the King of Hearts Zach 1993
No Score Yet Killer Tomatoes Strike Back Prof. Gangreen/Jeronohew 1991
No Score Yet Killer Tomatoes Eat France Prof. Gangreen 1991
No Score Yet Killer Tomatoes Eat France! Actor 1991
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch Janitor 1990
No Score Yet Night Life Verlin Flanders 1990
0% Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Professor Gangreen 1988
7% Teen Wolf Too Dean Dunn 1987
No Score Yet Body Slam Scotty 1987
No Score Yet Neat & Tidy Actor 1987
No Score Yet Mr. Boogedy Actor 1986
36% National Lampoon's European Vacation Kent 1985
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Actor 1981
70% Freaky Friday Bill Andrews 1976
No Score Yet Only with Married Men Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Brothers O'Toole Michael O'Toole 1973
No Score Yet Get to Know Your Rabbit Mr. Turnbull 1972
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Evil Roy Slade 1972
No Score Yet Pepper and His Wacky Taxi Actor Director 1972
No Score Yet Bunny O'Hare Ad 1971
No Score Yet Viva Max! Sergeant Valdez 1969
50% Candy Daddy, Uncle Jack 1968
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing Dr. Frieden 1967
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Clyde Prokey 1963
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers Hector Vanson 1963
78% That Touch of Mink Beasley 1962
93% West Side Story Glad Hand 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet As Told by Ginger
2000-2009
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Richard
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Hughleys
1998-2002
  • 1999
No Score Yet The New Addams Family
1998-1999
Grandpapa Addams
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Director Ross Hayley Harry Pierce Fritz Randall
  • 1995
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
John Astin or maybe Gomez
  • 1994
91% The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
1993-1994
Prof. Albert Wickwire Prof. Wickwire
  • 1994
  • 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1991
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Buddy Ryan Buddy Kenny
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
Uncle Charles
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Kevin Hoffer
  • 1987
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
C.W.
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Vito
  • 1984
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Director
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Martin
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Sidney Rose
  • 1973
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Director Husband Munsch
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Bo 'Buff' Buffingham
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Abner Willoughby
  • 1969
93% Batman
1966-1968
The Riddler
  • 1967
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Henry
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Sazanov
  • 1967
  • 1966
100% The Addams Family
1964-1966
Gomez Addams
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Charlie
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Joe Lambert
  • 1960
No Score Yet Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
1991
Voice
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Uncle Joe
No Score Yet Taz-Mania
1995
Voice
No Score Yet The Addams Family
1993
Voice

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