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|Known for:||The Frighteners, European Vacation, Freaky Friday|
|Birth name:||John Allen Astin|
|Birthday:||30 March 1930, Baltimore, Maryland, USA|
|Height:||5' 11" (1.80 m)|
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TriviaFather, Allen Astin, was the 5th Director of the National Bureau of Standards. Is a vegetarian. Grandfather of actress Alexandra Astin, Elizabeth Louise Astin, Isabella Louise Astin, Sedona Astin and Jaya Astin. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 31-32. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387. A visiting theater professor at Johns Hopkins University. His new facility is the "Old Barn," former home of Theater Hopkins, a top-scale community theater outfit. Astin won rave reviews for his portrayal of the Stage Manager in a performance of "Our Town" with Hopkins as well as for a recent portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe. Three generations of his family have worked with Christopher Lee. His son, Sean Astin, and granddaughter, Alexandra Astin, appeared in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He and Lee appeared together in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). Attended Washington and Jefferson College, graduated from Johns Hopkins University and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Best remembered by the public for his starring role as "Gomez Adams" in "The Addams Family" (1964). Is a fan of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and studies Poe's works extensively. He has regularly attended Baltimore's yearly celebration of Poe's birthday. He is the only member of the regular adult cast of "The Addams Family" (1964) still alive. [as of 2009]