Sean Patrick Astin extraordinarily impersonated Samwise Gamgee, the faithful Hobbit. He was born on February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He married Christine in July of 1992. They have two children: Alexandra Louise (born November 27, 1996) and Elizabeth Louise (born August 6, 2002).
- I don't want to play the fat guy or the friend for the rest of my life.
- I think people enjoy reading about money, but the people who are in charge of giving me guidance tell me not to talk about it in interviews. Why not? That's what everybody thinks about.
- I'm like the universe; either expanding or contracting at any given moment. The most that I had put on was about 35, 36 pounds, and I've taken all of that off.
- The filmmakers who I'm pining to work for aren't ringing my phone off the hook.
- There was a combination of not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but also really not wanting to be stuck in Lord of the Rings for the rest of my life, and being desperate to kind of make sure that I could do something else with my life.
- Graduated with honors from UCLA; B.A. in History and B.A. in English.
- Left the room halfway during recording DVD commentary for "The Goonies" and never returned.
- He had to gain almost 35 lbs. for his role of Sam.
- In February 2003, Sean was appointed to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
- Was knocked unconscious when a wooden loom fell on him on the Rivendell set
- While filming the closing scenes of FotR, Sean rushed into the river only to have a piece of glass pierce all the way through his foot!
- In RotK, Sean's daughter, Alexandra, plays Sam's daughter, Elanor.
- Sean's wife, Christine, co-produced "Kangaroo Court" with him
- Even though Sean is a successful director, he's not about to give up acting
- At 13, Sean landed a role in "The Goonies," a film often described as an Indiana Jones movie for kids (I think he was the only kid in the movie who didn't swear or say Oh my God. Thank you Mr. Astin!)