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Birth Name: John Astin
Born: 03/30/1930
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Born John Allen Astin in Baltimore, MD on March 30, 1930, he was the son of Dr. Allen Varley Astin, the director of the National Board of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and Margaret Linnie Mackenzie. He developed a passion for reading and mathematics at an early age, and studied the latter at Johns Hopkins University before a role in the senior play switched his focus to acting. From there, Astin went on to do graduate work in drama at the University of Minnesota before heading to New York, where he supported himself as a janitor while appearing in off-Broadway productions, including the original New York runs of "The Threepenny Opera" and "Major Barbara,"... Continue Bio >>

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