John Astin Biography (1930-)

Full name, John Allen Astin; born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD; son of Allen Varley (a former director of the National Bureau of Standards) and Margaret Linnie (maiden name, Mackenzie) Astin; married Suzanne Hahn, 1956 (divorced, 1972); married Anna Marie Duke (an actress; professional name, Patty Duke), August 5, 1972 (divorced, 1985); married Valerie Ann Sandobal, 1989; children: (first marriage) David, Allen, Thomas; (second marriage) Sean (an actor),Mackenzie (an actor). Addresses: Agent: Irv Schechter Co., 9300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
March 30, 1930
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Harry Dickens, I'm Dickens--He's Fenster, ABC, 1962-1963
  • Gomez Addams, The Addams Family, ABC, 1964-1966
  • Rudy Pruitt, a recurring role, The Pruitts of Southampton (also known as The Phyllis Diller Show), ABC, 1967
  • Lieutenant Commander Matthew Sherman, Operation Petticoat (also known as Life in the Pink), ABC, 1977-1978
  • Ed LaSalle, Mary, CBS, 1985-1986
  • Buddy Ryan, a recurring role, Night Court, NBC, 1988-1990
  • Voice of Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (animated), Fox, 1990
  • Voice of Bull Gator, Taz-Mania (animated), 1992
  • Voice of Gomez Addams, The Addams Family (animated), 1992
  • Professor Albert Wickwire, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (also known as Brisco County, Jr.), Fox, 1993-1994
  • Movies
  • Dr. Stanley Remington, Two on a Bench, ABC, 1971
  • Dr. Harvey Osterman, Only with Married Men, ABC, 1974
  • Andrew Tustin, Skyway to Death, ABC, 1974
  • Manny Wheeler, The Dream Makers (also known as Death of Sammy), NBC, 1975
  • Gomez Addams, The All-New Addams Family Halloween (also known as Halloween with the New Addams Family), 1977
  • Neil Witherspoon, Mr. Boogedy, ABC, 1986
  • George LaFosse/Max Barret, "The Blue Dulac" (also known as "The Saint"),The Mystery Wheel of Adventure, syndicated, 1989
  • First minuteman, Runaway Daughters (also known as Rebel Highway), Showtime, 1994
  • Golf announcer, Harrison Bergeron (also known as Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron), Showtime, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Joe Lambert, "The Town That Wasn't There," Maverick, ABC, 1960
  • "Wilma's Phantom Lover," Peter Loves Mary, 1960
  • Charlie, "A Hundred Yards over the Rim," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1961
  • "Mouse at Play," The Donna Reed Show, 1961
  • "The Investment Club," Hazel, 1962
  • "King's Random," 87th Precinct, 1962
  • "A Quiet Evening," Dennis the Menace, 1962
  • "Go Read the River," Route 66, 1962
  • "Preferably, the Less-Used Arm," Ben Casey, 1962
  • "Dress Rehearsal," 77 Sunset Strip, 1962
  • Gas station attendant, "Journey to Nineveh," Route 66, 1962
  • "Remember Pearl Harbor," Hennesey, 1962
  • "An Echo of Faded Velvet," The Greatest Show on Earth, 1962
  • "Bless Our Happy Home," The Farmer's Daughter, 1964
  • "The Infernal Triangle," Destry, 1964
  • "I Do, We Don't," Occasional Wife, 1966
  • Count Sazanov, "The Night of the Tartar," The Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1967
  • Riddler Number Two, "Batman's Anniversary," Batman, ABC, 1967
  • Riddler Number Two, "A Riddling Controversy," Batman, ABC, 1967
  • Title role, "Hard-Luck Henry Haggen," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1967
  • Title role, "Abner Willoughby's Return," Bonanza, NBC, 1967
  • Emil Kuchek, "Czech Your Wife, Sir?," Hey, Landlord, 1967
  • "Flight of the Dodo Bird," The Flying Nun, 1967
  • "The Coming Out Party," He & She, 1967
  • "The Gold Mine on Main Street," Death Valley Days, 1968
  • "Love and the Intruder," Love, American Style, 1970
  • The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1970
  • Millionaire, "Diary of a Mad Millionaire," The Partridge Family, ABC, 1970
  • Sykes, McMillan and Wife, NBC, 1971
  • Bo "Buff" Buffingham, "Oscar's New Life," The Odd Couple, ABC, 1971
  • Jonathan, "Pamela's Voice," Night Gallery, NBC, 1971
  • Hippie, "Hell's Bells," Night Gallery, NBC, 1971
  • Keatley, "The Father-Son Weekend," The Doris Day Show, 1971
  • Slick, "Jump-Up," The Virginian, 1971
  • Munsch, "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972
  • "Death of an Elephant," Insight, 1972
  • Rex Bickers, "Love and the Newscasters," Love, American Style, 1972
  • Voice of Gomez Addams, "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family," The New Scooby-Doo Movies (animated), 1972
  • "Love and the Lost Dog," Love, American Style, 1972
  • "Truck Stop," Insight, 1973
  • "The Graveyard Shift," Ghost Story, 1973
  • Millionaire, "Diary of a Mad Millionaire," The Partridge Family, 1973
  • "The One-Armed Man," Insight, 1974
  • "Out of the Depths," Insight, 1975
  • "Our Lady in London," Get Christie Love, 1975
  • "Nothing Left to Lose," Police Woman, 1975
  • "The Unindicted Wife," Marcus Welby, M.D., 1975
  • "A Case of Misdiagnosis," The Bob Crane Show, 1975
  • Museum curator, "The Museum," Welcome Back, Kotter, ABC, 1976
  • "For the Love of Annie," Insight, 1976
  • Dr. Milford, "Firebird," Police Story, 1976
  • "Second Chorus," Insight, 1978
  • Dave the Hermit, "Marooned: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, 1978
  • Charles Preston, "Beachcomber/The Last Whodunit," Fantasy Island,1978
  • Vito, "Summer of '84," The Facts of Life, 1984
  • C. W., "A Haunting We Will Go," Diff'rent Strokes, 1984
  • Ross Hayley, "Hooray for Homicide," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1984
  • Uncle Ray Simon, "Revolution #9 1/2," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1984
  • Kenny, "Inside Harry Stone," Night Court, NBC, 1985
  • Harry Pierce, "Joshua Peabody Died Here, Possibly," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Harry Pierce, "A Lady in the Lake," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Harry Pierce, "Sticks and Stones," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • "Baxter and Boz," Riptide, 1985
  • Akin, "Mansion of the Beast," Otherworld, 1985
  • "Egypt," The Love Boat, 1986
  • Buddy Ryan, "The Next Voice You Hear ... ," Night Court, NBC, 1986
  • "Visiting Daze," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1987
  • Jack/the Devil, "The Witch Is of Van Oaks," The Charmings, 1987
  • "'Tis the Season," Webster, 1987
  • Uncle Joe, "The Pickle Plot," Charles in Charge, 1988
  • Nelson Halliwell, "Top Billing," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1991
  • Radford, "Mr. Chaney," Eerie, Indiana, NBC, 1992
  • Radford, "The Loyal Order of Corn," Eerie, Indiana, NBC, 1992
  • Radford, "Zombies in P.J.s," Eerie, Indiana, NBC, 1992
  • Radford, "Reality Takes a Holiday," Eerie, Indiana, NBC, 1992
  • Himself, "Up All Night," Mad about You, NBC, 1993
  • Storytime, PBS, 1994
  • Voice of Terry Duke Tetzloff, "Caller Beware," Duckman (animated),USA Network, 1994
  • George Humphries, "The Ice Cream Man Cometh," Step by Step, ABC, 1994
  • Alexander the Great, "Who Killed Alexander the Great?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994
  • Voice of the mole, "Stessed to Kill," Bonkers, 1994
  • George Humphries, "The Flight before Christmas," Step by Step, ABC, 1995
  • Fritz Randall, "Film Flam," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995
  • Dr. Roberts, "Your Feet's Too Big," The Nanny, CBS, 1996
  • Dr. Roberts, "Tattoo," The Nanny, CBS, 1996
  • Rhymer, "The Adventures of Ratman and Gerbil or, Holy Homeboys in Outer Space," Homeboys in Outer Space, UPN, 1996
  • Voice of Terry Duke Tetzloff, "Grandma-ma's Flatulent Adventure," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1996
  • Voice of Terry Duke Tetzloff, "Sperms of Endearment," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1996
  • Voice of Superintendent Skinner, "Kids in the Mist," Recess, 1997
  • Voice, Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 1997
  • Voice of Terry Duke Tetzloff, "Kidney, Popsicle, and Nuts," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997
  • Voice of Terry Duke Tetzloff, "My Feral Lady," Duckman (animated),USA Network, 1997
  • Grampapa Addams, The New Addams Family, Fox Kids, 1998
  • "Storm o' the Century," The Hughleys, ABC, 1999
  • Grampapa Addams, "Fester & Granny vs. Grandpapa Addams," The New Addams Family, Fox Family, 1999
  • Voice of the Great Bangaboo, "The Great Bangaboo," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 1999
  • "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night," The Strip, UPN, 2000
  • Richard Wilson, "All the Rage," Becker, CBS, 2000
  • Also appeared in an episode of Hearts Are Wild; voice of Sydney for an episode of Aladdin (animated; also known as Disney's Aladdin).
  • Pilots
  • Title role, Evil Roy Slade, NBC, 1972
  • Lieutenant Commander Matthew Sherman, Operation Petticoat (also known as Life in the Pink), ABC, 1977
  • Specials
  • Mystery Magical Special (also known as Marc Summers' Mystery Magical Special), 1986
  • Harry Anderson's Sideshow, NBC, 1987
  • Host, Night Creatures, syndicated, 1989
  • Presenter, Soap Opera Digest Awards, 1992
  • Other
  • Miss Kline, We Love You, 1974
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • Holmes and Yoyo, ABC, 1976
  • Rosetti and Ryan, NBC, 1977
  • Mr. Merlin, CBS, 1982
  • Just Our Luck (also known as Just My Luck), ABC, 1983
  • Also directed episodes of CHiPs, NBC; McMillan and Wife, NBC; Night Gallery (also known as Rod Serling's Night Gallery), NBC; Murder, She Wrote, CBS; and Operation Petticoat (also knownas Life in the Pink), ABC.
  • Pilots
  • Operation Petticoat (also known as Life in the Pink), ABC,1977
  • Rosetti and Ryan: Men Who Love Women, NBC, 1977
  • Ethel Is an Elephant, CBS, 1980
  • Getting There, CBS, 1980
  • Scared Silly, ABC, 1982
  • Two Guys from Much, NBC, 1982
  • Specials
  • Night Creatures, syndicated, 1989
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Additional voices, The Twisted Adventures of Felix the Cat (animated; also known as The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat), 1995
  • Also provided additional voices for the animated series Aladdin (also known as Disney's Aladdin).
  • Film Appearances
  • The Pusher, 1960
  • Glad Hand (social worker), West Side Story, United Artists, 1961
  • Mr. Everett Beasley, That Touch of Mink, Universal, 1962
  • Period of Adjustment, 1962
  • Clyde Prokey, Move Over, Darling (also known as Something's Gotta Give), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1963
  • Hector Vanson, The Wheeler Dealers (also known as Separate Beds), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Dr. Frieden, The Spirit Is Willing, Paramount, 1967
  • Mr. Christian/Uncle Jack, Candy (also known as Candy e il suo pazzo mondo), Cinerama, 1968
  • Prelude (short film), Excelsior, 1968
  • Sergeant Valdez, Viva Max!, Commonwealth United, 1969
  • Ad, Bunny O'Hare, American International Pictures, 1971
  • Mr. Turnbull, Get to Know Your Rabbit, Warner Bros., 1972
  • Vito Garbugli, Every Little Crook and Nanny, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,1972
  • Pepper and His Wacky Taxi (also known as Wacky Taxi), 1972
  • Michael O'Toole/Dangerous Ambrose, The Brothers O'Toole, CVD, 1973
  • Bill Andrews, Freaky Friday, Buena Vista, 1977
  • Kent Winkdale, National Lampoon's European Vacation (also known asEuropean Vacation), Warner Bros., 1985
  • Scotty, Body Slam, DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987
  • Dean Dunn, Teen Wolf Too, Atlantic, 1987
  • Adventures beyond Belief (also known as Neat and Tidy), 1987
  • Professor Gangreen, Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (also known asReturn of the Killer Tomatoes: The Sequel), New World Pictures, 1988
  • Verlin Flanders, Night Life, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1989
  • Jeronahew/Professor Gangreen, Killer Tomatoes Strike Back, Fox Video, 1990
  • Janitor, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Professor Mortimer Gangreen, Killer Tomatoes Eat France!, New World Pictures, 1991
  • Rollie, Dreamers, 1991
  • Minister, Stepmonster, New Horizons Home Video, 1993
  • Zach, Huck and the King of Hearts, Prism Entertainment, 1993
  • Ranger, Il silenzio dei prosciutti (also known as The Silence of the Hams), October Films, 1994
  • The judge, Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (also known as The Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • Title role, Kid Quick, 2000
  • President Sender, Betaville, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Producer and director, Prelude, Excelsior, 1968
  • Director, Pepper and His Wacky Taxi (also known as Wacky Taxi), 1972
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) The Threepenny Opera, Theatre de Lys, New York City,1954
  • (Broadway debut) Major Barbara, Martin Beck Theatre, 1956
  • The Cave Dwellers, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Ulysses in Nighttown, Rooftop Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • The Tall Story, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Also appeared in Look Homeward, Angel, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA; and A Sleep of Prisoners, Phoenix Theatre, New York City; appeared as Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol; as Sir Joseph, H.M.S. Pinafore, New York City; as Henry Saunders, Lend Me a Tenor; as Fagin, Oliver!; and as Vladimir, Waiting for Godot.
  • Major Tours
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight (solo show), U.S. cities, 1997
  • Stage Work
  • Coproducer and director of A Sleep of Prisoners, Phoenix Theatre,New York City.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Prelude, Excelsior, 1968
  • (With Coslough Johnson) All Boxed Up, 1972
  • (With Johnson) Cummins and Kinneys, 1973

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Electronic
    • John Astin: Edgar Allan Poe, http://www.astin-poe.com, June 5, 2002

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