Broadway vets added to '24' cast

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The cast for the upcoming season of Fox TV's "24" will include two of Broadway's biggest stars. Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella and two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson, who is currently in the film "Syriana," will join the growing list of new

More cast added to Fox's '24'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Actors JoBeth Williams, Julian Sands and Peter Weller will appear during the fifth season of Fox TV's "24," it was announced Friday.

Sean Astin joins cast of '24'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- "Lord of the Rings" star Sean Astin has joined the cast of FOX TV's "24," it was announced Friday. The new season of "24" kicks off with a two-part episode.

Sean Astin and wife have third child

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Sean Astin and his wife, Christine, are parents for the third time, People magazine reported Tuesday.

Actress Patty Duke set for heart surgery

COUER D''''ALENE, Idaho, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Patty Duke Pearce was scheduled for heart surgery Wednesday at a hospital in her Idaho hometown.

Mini-series takes serious look at Hercules

WEST AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Another version of "Hercules" is being filmed in New Zealand, this one a mini-series described as a serious look at the hero's passage to adulthood.

Denise Richards signs deal with UPN

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Actress Denise Richards has signed a deal with UPN to star in an upcoming TV series, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

Stars line up for Democratic convention

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- Ben Affleck and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline a gala fundraiser for the Creative Coalition at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Astin seeks wisdom of fellow actors

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Sean Astin says he is looking to his fellow actors to see how to plan his career now "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy has ended.

Astin enjoying star status with 'Rings'

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Sean Astin has worked steadily in film for more than 20 years, but it was "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy that made him a star.

Critics hail 'Return of the King'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was named the best picture of 2003 at the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards held in Los Angeles.

Sean Astin: Awards talk is 'gratifying'

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Sean Astin says he is pleased with how well fans and critics are receiving the last installment of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

New 'Rings' trailer out Friday

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- New Line Cinema will debut the new trailer for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in theaters around the world on Friday.

Hollywood Digest

U.S. TV networks broadcast a "dramatic decrease" in sexual content between 8-9 p.m. from 1998 through 2002, according to a new study.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "Spider-Man" each have been nominated for five 2003 MTV Movie awards.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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Sean Astin
Actor Sean Astin poses at New York's Barnes and Noble bookstore at the Oct. 13, 2004 launch for his memoir "There And Back Again: A Behind The Scenes Look At Lord Of The Rings" (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971) is an American film actor, director, and producer best known for his film roles as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In television, he appeared as Lynn McGill in the fifth season of 24. Most recently, he provided the voice for the title character in Disney's Special Agent Oso.

Astin was born Sean Patrick Duke in Santa Monica, California, the son of actress Patty Duke. At the time, it was reported that Desi Arnaz, Jr. was his biological father; in 1994, he discovered that he was fathered by Michael Tell, a music promoter and writer who edits and publishes the Jewish newspaper The Las Vegas Israelite. Tell's marriage to Patty Duke was annulled shortly before her marriage in 1972 to actor John Astin, who adopted Sean. Although Patty Duke and John Astin divorced in 1982, Sean Astin has written as an adult that he has always considered John his "real" father and continues to do so. In 1973, Duke gave birth to Astin's half-brother Mackenzie Astin, also an actor.

Astin graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History and English (American literature and culture). He is an alumnus of Los Angeles Valley College and now serves on the school's Board of Directors of the Patrons Association and the Arts Council. He attended St. Paul the Apostle Elementary School, Bellagio Road Elementary, and the Crossroads High School for the Arts, and participated in master classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles.

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