Sean Astin

Birth Name: Sean Patrick Duke

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 25, 1971

*biological father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Irish, as well as one eighth German

Sean Astin is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for starring in the films The Goonies and Rudy, as well as in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

Sean is the son of actress Patty Duke. In June 1970, Patty Duke married Sean’s biological father, writer Michael Tell. They divorced a short time later, and Sean was born in February 1971. Sean was raised under the surname of his stepfather, actor John Astin, who adopted him. Sean had thought that his biological father was entertainer Desi Arnaz, Jr., and found out that Michael Tell was his biological father when Sean was in his 20s. The two confirmed Michael’s paternity with a DNA test. Sean’s brother is actor Mackenzie Astin (whose biological father is John Astin).

Sean’s biological father is Jewish (of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent). Sean’s mother, who was raised Catholic, was of seven eighths Irish and one eighth German descent.

Sean is married to producer Christine Harrell, with whom he has three children, including actress Ali Astin.

Sean’s biological paternal grandfather was Jacob “Jack” Tell (the son of Joseph Tell and Dwora/Dora Goldstein). Jacob was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents.

Sean’s biological paternal grandmother was Beatrice “Bea” Goldstein (the daughter of Charles Goldstein and Bessie Fischer). Beatrice was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents.

Sean’s maternal grandfather was John Patrick Duke (the son of James Bartholomew Duke and Katherine/Catherine Ann O’Hara). John was born in New York, to Irish parents, from Longford. James was the son of John Duke and Mary Sheridan. Katherine was the daughter of Michael O’Hara.

Sean’s maternal grandmother was Frances Margaret McMahon (the daughter of Michael J. McMahon and Hannah Engleman/Ingleman/Ingelman). Frances was born in New York. Michael was born in New York, to Irish parents. Hannah was born in New York, the daughter of George Washington Engelman, who was born in Pennsylvania, of German descent, and of Elizabeth McGovern, who was Irish.

Sources: Sean’s biological paternal grandfather, Jacob “Jack” Tell, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Sean’s biological paternal grandmother, Beatrice “Bea” Goldstein, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Sean Astin (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Sean’s maternal grandfather, John Patrick Duke, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Sean’s maternal great-grandparents, Michael J. McMahon and Hannah Engleman/Ingleman/Ingelman, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Michael J. McMahon and Hannah Engleman/Ingleman/Ingelman on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

1 Response

  1. phaedra says:

    He looks them.

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