Proud Papa, Sean Astin, leads a typical “show business” life; but, he is also a devoted family man. Maintaining a workable balance is difficult for a Hollywood family; but, doing things the right way is a philosophy that Sean Astin has followed his entire life. There was no way that he would miss his daughter Ali’s Coronation as Queen Shenandoah LXXXVII; so, despite great difficulties, Sean will be making his second trip to the Land of Pink and Green to participate in that magic moment when the Crown of the Realm is placed on Ali’s lovely head.
Sean Astin was born February 25, 1971. As a child actor, he made his feature film debut at age 13 portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster hit “The Goonies” (1985). After “The Goonies,” the young performer appeared in several more films, including the Disney made-for-TV movie, “The B.R.A.T. Patrol” opposite Brian Keith; “Like Father Like Son” with Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron (1987); 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” (1991) and “Encino Man” (1992). Sean scored a career-defining 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” (1995); the Gulf War film “Courage under Fire” (1996); the Warren Beatty political satire “Bulworth” (1996); and, the romantic comedy “Boy Meets Girl” (1997).
In the early 2000s, Sean 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), Sean received nominations for his own performance. He took 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. Since “Lord of the Rings,” Sean has consistently worked in film and television. His film roles have included the Adam Sandler comedies “50 First Dates” and “Click.” In television, Sean 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. Sean’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.” Sean is currently the voice of Raphael in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series on Nickelodeon. He also voices the eponymous frog in the upcoming animated feature film “Ribbit.”
Sean Astin will be arriving in Winchester late on Thursday evening, May 1st. He is launching a new radio program in Los Angeles that very morning; and, he will catch a flight east later in the day on Thursday [losing three hours crossing time zones on the flight east]. After a little overnight rest, he will be with his family here as much as he can be on Friday, May 2nd; and, will make his only public appearance at the Coronation of his daughter, Ali, at the Patsy Cline Theatre in John Handley High School at 1:30pm that afternoon. Sean recently completed another new movie, “Mom’s Night Out” with Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton, Harry Shum, Jr., and Trace Adkins; and, contractual obligations will require him to fly back to California Friday night, May 3rd, to begin the promotion of that movie [which is scheduled to be released over Mothers’ Day Weekend].