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Sean Astin            

Actor, Director, Voice Artist & Producer Known For "Lord of the Rings"; Sought-After Mental Health Speaker

Sean Astin is an actor/director best known for his film and television roles such as Bob Newby, a former high school friend and love interest to Winona Ryder’s character, Joyce Byers in Season 2 of Netflix’s horror thriller “Stranger Things.” Astin of course is also known for his classic and beloved characters - Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the title character of Rudy and Mikey in the popular classic The Goonies.

Astin starred as Ed in Netflix’s family sitcom, “No Good Nick,” guest starred in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Astin joined the cast of NBC’s “Young Rock,” as Dwayne Johnson’s childhood nemesis. Currently, Astin will play Sunny Gryce, in S2 of HBO’s “Perry Mason” as a new client of Perry and Della’s. Astin has also been cast as Becky’s love interest, in S5 of ABC’s “The Conners.”

Recent films include; Astin’s powerful performance as Jeremy in Julianne Moore’s film Gloria Bell, Mayfield’s Game opposite Mira Sorvino, Charming The Hearts of Men opposite Kelsey Grammer, Hero Mode, Adverse, Rose Island and is the voice of Shazam in Lego DC Shazam – Magic & Monsters.

Astin is no stranger to thrillers, with dramatic turns in numerous television, film and series, including Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” on (FX) and the fifth season of “24” (Fox).

Recently Astin narrated and produced Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story. In 2019, Astin reprised his iconic role of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger as Colonel Sanders in KFC's 'Rudy II' commercial ads.

Astin directed and produced the short film Kangaroo Court, which earned him an Academy Award® nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Astin also directed and produced the live action short film The Long and Short of It, an official entry in the Sundance Film Festival. Astin has journeyed into episodic television, directing episodes of “Angel” (WB) and “Jeremiah” (Showtime).

The veteran actor recently narrated Dreamworks’ original series Captain Underpants and has voiced many animated characters in films and television including Raphael in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon), Bunnicula (WB), Justice League (WB), Special Agent Oso (Disney), Micronauts (Paramount) and Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale).

Astin is an avid long-distance runner and triathlete. He completed the IRONMAN World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 10, 2015. He has also completed 12 Full Marathons including the 2016 New York City Marathon in honor of his late mother, Patty Duke for her life's work as an advocate for mental health.

Speech Topics

Bi-Polar Disorder & Mental Health Awareness

Activism & Volunteerism on Campus

Films & Film-Making

Mental Health Awareness



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