Astin, John Allen
1930 - Born on March 30th in Baltimore, Maryland. John Astin is the hammy mustachioed comedic actor best known as Gomez Addams, patriarch of the morbid sitcom family inspired by the cartoons of Charles Addams.
1956 - Married to Suzanne Hahn.
1960 - He made his motion picture debut with a tiny role in the forgotten B-drama The Pusher.
1961 - He first got noticed in a small role in West Side Story, then appeared in several other films before being cast as "Gomez Addams".
1964 - Achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series "The Addams Family".
1969 - Astin was nominated for an Oscar, for a short film he wrote, directed, and starred in, Prelude.
1972 - Married to Patty Duke on August 5th.
1985 - Astin moved on to other work including the offbeat Bunny O'Hare, playing a grizzled but not particularly bright gunfighter in the western spoof Evil Roy Slade (TV), an appearance in the Disney comedy Freaky Friday and dual roles in European Vacation.
1989 - Married to Valerie Ann Sandobal on March 19th.
2001 - A visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, teaching acting & directing in the Department of Writing Seminars in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences.
2007 - He and his wife Valerie have lived in the Tuscany-Canterbury area of Baltimore, Maryland for the past 5 years.
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