Hammy mustached, John Astin specialized in bizarre characters whose way of living rarely matched the reality, most notably his role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family.

Early Career

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Astin started up his career as a stage actor and began doing voice-over works for commercials. Before The Addams Family, he had appeared in minor roles in movies and TV shows. His early works include a role in the movie, West Side Story and TV shows like I‘m Dickens, He’s Fenster, The Twilight Zone and 77 Sunset Strip.

The Adams Family

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Astin starred in The Addams Family from 1964 to 1966 as Gomez Addams, the patriarch of Addams family. He revived his role of Gomez in the 1977 TV movie, Halloween with the New Addams Family and voiced as Gomez in the animated series, The Addams Family, from 1992 to 1993. 

He starred as Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Sherman from 1977 to 78 in Operation Petticoat. He guest-starred in numerous hit TV shows, including The Nanny, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Night Court, and Welcome Back, Kotter.

In 1969, he received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nomination for Prelude, a short film that he wrote, produced and directed. In 1994, he starred in parody movie The Silence of the Hams and 2017, voiced as Uncle Dudley in ‘Justice League Action.

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Married Life

Black and White photo of Suzanne Hahn and John Astin

He has been married thrice. He was first married to Suzanne Hahn (1956–1972), with whom he shares three children, David, Allen and Tom. He was married to Patty Duke from 1972 to 1985, with whom he shares two children, Mackenzie and Sean (born from Patty’s first marriage).

He has been married to Valerie Ann Sandobal since 1989. They reside together in Baltimore.

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Net Worth and Present Condition

Smiling John Austin in his old age

The 88-year-old currently teaches acting and directing in the Theater Arts and Studies Department at Johns Hopkins University. Astin practices Nichiren Buddhism and serves as a member of the worldwide Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International.

As of 2019, he has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

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