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John Astin
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John Astin appeared on the series in the recurring part of Buddy, Harry's biological dad' he also made appearance as Kenny in the episode "Inside Harry Stone".
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Birth name: John Allen Astin
Born: (1930-03-30) March 30, 1930 (age 91)
Birthplace Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Spouse(s): Suzanne Hahn (1956-1972)
Patty Duke (1972-1985)
Valerie Ann Sandobal (1989-present)
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
11 episodes, Seasons 2-7
Appears as: Buddy Ryan, Harry's biological dad / Kenny

John Astin (born March 30, 1930 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a veteran TV and film actor and comedian. His film and television career spans seven decades. Astin was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his directorial debut, the comedic short Prelude (1968).[1]

John starred in many of the most memorable television series of the 1960s and 1970s including I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, The Flying Nun, Gunsmoke, Night Gallery, Operation Petticoat and Batman. He also had a recurring role on the NBC-TV sitcom series Night Court in the 1980's, where he appeared as Buddy Ryan, Jugde Harry Stone's biological father, he first appeared on the show in the part of Kenny in the episode "Inside Harry Stone".


Astin started in theater, making his first Broadway appearance as an understudy in Major Barbara, and also did voice-over work for commercials. His first big break in film came with a small role in West Side Story (1961).

During this period, his talent for also playing comedy was spotted by actor Tony Randall,[2] eading to guest starring roles on the CBS-TV sitcom series Dennis the Menace, starring Jay North; The Donna Reed Show; and Harrigan and Son, starring Pat O'Brien, the first carried on CBS-TV and the latter two carried on ABC-TV.

In 1961, Astin appeared in the final episode of the ABC police drama series The Asphalt Jungle. In 1962–63, he starred with Marty Ingels on the unusual ABC sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, which lasted for only thirty-one episodes.

On film, he is best-known for his roles in West Side Story, Freaky Friday, European Vacation and The Frighteners.

In 1964-1966, 1972, 1977, 1992-1993, and 1998-1999, Astin originated the longest-running role of Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. He reprised the role in the television special Halloween With the New Addams Family and in the 1992 animated series. On The New Addams Family, Astin played Grandpapa Addams.

Personal life

John has been married three times; his most notable marriage was to actress Patty Duke from 1972 until 1985. They have two sons who are actors, Sean Astin and MacKenzie Astin. He has been married to Valerie Ann Sandobal since 1989.


  2. Lowry, Cynthia. "Actor John Astin Suddenly Finds He's A Siamese Twin", October 30, 1962, p. 9. 

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