Actor Sean Astin

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 30, 2003

I've heard that Lord of the Rings co-star Sean Astin is married and has a daughter. Is this true? If so, how long has he been married and how old is his daughter?
—Jenna D., Massachusetts

Sean Astin, who plays the hobbit Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, married Christine Harrell in 1992. They have two daughters, Alexandra Louise, 6, and Elizabeth Louise, who was born in August 2002. Alexandra Louise is scheduled to follow Astin family tradition and make her professional acting debut as Sam's daughter in The Return of the King, the third movie in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Her dad's first acting role was in the 1981 afterschool special Please Don't Hit Me Mom, with his mother, Patty Duke Astin. Sean Astin, 32, was born in Santa Monica, Calif. He directed a short film titled Kangaroo Court that was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995. His wife co-produced the film. Astin's other acting credits include The Goonies, Toy Soldiers, and Rudy. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.