• Michael Tell is the father of Sean Astin
• He became famous when he married actress Patty Duke
• He was a rock promoter and is now retired
• He is a fan of rock, jazz and blues music
• Michael is around 70 years old and has a net worth of over $1 million

Who is Sean Astin’s father? Michael Tell Wiki Bio

Michael Tell was born in the USA in the 1940s – he holds American nationality. He became popular after marrying American actress Patty Duke, and after a paternity test showed that he’s the father to Patty’s son Sean Astin.

Childhood and education

Michael was raised by his parents in the US, and attended a high school at which he became a fan of rock music – not being good enough to become a singer, he launched his career in a rather different field after matriculation, and did not go on to attend college.

Career and personal life

Michael became a rock promoter shortly after finishing high school, which is a job he was doing until his retirement in 2010. However, he came under the spotlight only after marrying American actress Patty Duke in 1970.

The two met for the first time in a restaurant when Michael asked her out on a date – they dated on-and-off for two years before eventually marrying on 26 June 1970, apparently only so that their son, now Sean Astin and with whom Patty was pregnant – could have Michael’s last name. Confusingly, the marriage lasted for 13 days before it was annulled, and after the birth of their son, Patty stated that Sean’s father was actually Desi Amaz Jr., but went on to marry John Astin in 1972 – they divorced in 1985.

Michael asked for a paternity test to be done, which showed that he was indeed the biological father to Sean. Before Michael, Patty was married to Harry Falk from 1965 to 1969, and after her divorce from John Astin she married Michael Pearce in 1986 with whom she stayed until her death on 29 March 2016 caused by sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Michael is now a grandfather to three girls named Elizabeth, Isabella and Alexandra Louise Astin.

Patty, whose birth name was Anna Marie Patty Duke, was born in Manhattan, New York City USA, on 14 December 1946 – her birth sign was Sagittarius and she held American nationality. She was an actress who launched her career at the age of 16, playing Hellen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” movie shot in 1962, for which performance she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

At the age of 17 she played both Cathy and Patty Lane, identical twins, in “The Patty Duke Show”, then moved on to more serious roles, portraying Neely O’Hara in the “Valley of the Dolls” movie in 1967.

Patty subsequently won two Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards. She was president of the Screen Actors Guild for three years between 1985 and 1988. She suffered from depression and bipolar disorder diagnosed in 1982 – she believed her mental state was why she wasn’t able to maintain her relationships and marriages. She was a mother of three.

Likes and other interests

Michael is known for being a promoter of a healthy lifestyle, and spent his days exercising in the gym and following a rather strict diet. He enjoys watching movies which is something he started doing after meeting Patty Duke – some of his favorite movies include “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Casablanca”. He was a big fan of the rock scene in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, while he later became fond of listening to jazz and blues music. He enjoyed travelling around the US, partly for his work as a rock promoter. Michael is a fan of animals, and has had several pet dogs throughout the years but which have all passed away.

Michael Tell and Patty Duke

Appearance and net worth

Michael  has short gray hair and blue eyes, and his net worth is estimated at over $1 million while his ex-wife Patty’s net worth was over $10 million at the time of her death.

Who is Sean Astin, Michel’s son?

Sean Patrick Astin was born in Santa Monica, California USA, on 25 February 1971 – his zodiac sign is Pisces and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, film producer and director,  probably best known for playing Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise.

Sean attended a Catholic school, but later chose Protestantism as his religion – he enrolled at the Crossroads High School for Arts and continued his education at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles, California. After matriculating, he studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English.

He’d actually launched his acting career at the age of 10 in the movie, “Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom” , with his next role being in 1985 when he played Mikey in “The Goonies” adventure comedy film. Numerous roles followed, such as in “The B.R.A.T. Patrol”, “Like Father Like Son” in 1987, and “The War of the Roses” in 1989.

He produced and directed the short movie “Kangaroo Court”  in 1994, winning a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Some of his other notable appearances before 2000 include in “Harrison Bergeron” in 1995, “Courage Under Fire” in 1996, and “Bulworth” in 1998.

In 2001, he began playing Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” movie, and reprised the role in two of its sequels “The Two Towers” in 2002 and “The Return of the King” in 2003. The trilogy was a huge hit, and has remained popular to this day, making Sean famous worldwide.

After this, he worked on Adam Sandler comedy movies such as “50 First Dates” and “Click”, and then appeared in the TV series’ “24”, “Monk”, and “My Name is Earl”  among others. Some of his latest appearances have been in the “Gloria Bell” movie in 2018, and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Supergirl” TV series in 2019. Most recently, he appeared in eight episodes of “Perry Mason” (2023) and three episodes of “The Connors” (2023-2024), as well as Speedy in “Hard Miles” and Gabriel in “The Shift”, both in 2023

On 11 July 1992, Sean married Christine Harrell and they have three daughters named Alexandra, Elizabeth, and Isabelle – his wife Christine was Miss Indiana Teen USA in 1984. He is a runner who has completed the Dopey Challenge, meaning that he ran 5kms, 10kms, a half-marathon and a marathon on four consecutive days – he finished the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 15 hours and 30 minutes.

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