The Lord of the Rings: Samwise „Sam“ Gamgee (hero of our hearts and best friend of Frodo Baggins)
The Goonies: Michael „Mikey“ Walsh (optimist and head of the gang)
Stranger Things: Bob Newby (dating Joyce and a special kind of “superhero”)
The Color of Magic: Twoflower (first tourist of the discworld)
Sean Astin already had his first big role in 1985 as a child actor in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hit The Goonies. Okay, let us not beat about the bush, he is known worldwide as Samwise "Sam" Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings! He has won numerous prizes, including the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of the modest co-hero and all around great hobbit.
Now we got the elephant in the room out of the way. Sean Astin is also a true multi-talent apart from Lord of the Rings. As an actor he has appeared in numerous films and TV series, for example at Adam Sandler's side in 50 First Dates, as a guest star in the fifth season of 24, as discworld-tourist Twoflower in the Pratchett adaptation The Color of Magic (2008) or as a slightly different "superhero" Bob Newby in Stranger Things.
Sean Astin produces short films and has written a bestselling book about his time before and after shooting The Lord of the Rings, titled There and back again. An Actor's Tale and is also very politically engaged - for example at elections in the USA and also with his own web radio broadcast. Most recently, Sean Astin appeared in three episodes of The Big Bang Theory and played one of the leading roles in the Netflix production No Good Nick.
Did you know that…
… Sean Astin, like many of his acting-colleagues from Lord of the Rings, got himself a tattoo as a keepsake?
… a short film (Kangaroo Court) produced by him and his wife was nominated for an Oscar?
… his first acting role was in a 1981 television movie titled Please Don't Hit Me, Mom, in which he played a child with an abusive mother (portrayed by his real-life mother Patty Duke)?
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