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Sean Astin is an American actor who portrays Bob Newby in the second season of Stranger Things. Before Stranger Things, he was known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings series, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character in Rudy. In television, his roles include voicing Raphael in the 2012 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, Oso in the Disney Junior show Special Agent Oso, and Chester The Cat in Bunnicula.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Goonies Mikey Walsh
1987 Like Father Like Son Clarence / Trigger
1987 White Water Summer Alan
1989 The War of the Roses Josh Rose (age 17)
1989 Staying Together Duncan McDermott
1990 Memphis Belle Sergeant Richard "Rascal" Moore
1991 Toy Soldiers William Tepper
1991 The Willies Michael
1992 Where the Day Takes You Greg
1992 Encino Man Dave Morgan
1993 Rudy Daniel Ruettiger
1994 Safe Passage Izzy Singer
1995 The Low Life Andrew
1995 Harrison Bergeron Harrison Bergeron
1996 Courage Under Fire Patella
1997 Wag the Dog Singer Uncredited
1998 Boy Meets Girl Mike
1998 Bulworth Gary
1999 Deterrence Ralph
1999 Kimberly Bob
2000 Dish Dogs Morgan
2000 The Last Producer Bo Pomerantz
2000 Icebreaker Matt Foster
2000 The Sky Is Falling Mr. Schwartz
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Samwise Gamgee
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Samwise Gamgee
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Samwise Gamgee
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change Kodi Voice
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building Aaron
2004 50 First Dates Doug Whitmore
2005 Smile Mike Matthews
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Ken Zorbell
2005 Slipstream Stuart Conway Direct-to-DVD
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Kip Kipling
2005 Borderland Randall
2005 Thanks to Gravity Coach Amal Direct-to-DVD
2006 What Love Is George Direct-to-VOD
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Justforkix English dub
2006 Click Bill
2007 The Final Season Kent Stock
2008 Forever Strong Marcus
2008 Spirit of the Forest Furi Voice
2009 Stay Cool Big Girl Direct-to-VOD
2011 Demoted Mike Direct-to-VOD
2012 Boobathon Takin Mastuhmik
2012 Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea Stuart Direct-to-DVD
2013 The Freemason Leon Weed Direct-to-DVD
2014 Justice League: War Shazam Voice
2014 Boys of Abu Ghraib Staff Sergeant Tanner Direct-to-VOD
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Porter[37][38] Direct-to-DVD
2014 Moms' Night Out Sean[39][40]
2014 Video Games: The Movie Narrator Documentary
2014 Ribbit Ribbit Voice
2014 The Hero of Color City Horatio Voice
2014 The Surface Mitch Direct-to-VOD
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Shazam Voice
2015 Do You Believe? Dr. Farell
2015 Woodlawn Hank
2015 Checkmate Dyson
2016 The Do-Over Ted-O
2016 Range 15 Grigsby
2016 Unleashed Carl
2017 Bad Kids of Crestview Academy Headmaster Nash
2017 Dead Ant Art
2017 Espionage Tonight Sam Jacobson
2017 The Lears Tom Cornwall
2018 Gloria Bell Jeremy
TBA Adverse Frankie


Year Title Role
1981 Please Don't Hit Me, Mom Brian Reynolds
1982 The Rules of Marriage Charlie Hagen
1985 The O'Briens The Son
1986 The B.R.A.T. Patrol Leonard Kinsey
2003 Angel N/A
2003–2004 Jeremiah Mister Smith
2004 Higglytown Heroes Pix the Elf
2005 Hercules Linus
2005 Into The West Martin Jarrett
2005–2007 Meerkat Manor Narrator
2006 24 Lynn McGill
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Charlie Kramer
2007 Monk Paul Buchanan
2007 My Name Is Earl Salesman
2008 Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic Twoflower
2008 Law & Order Pastor Hensley
2009–2012 Special Agent Oso Agent Oso
2011 Love's Christmas Journey Mayor Wayne
2012 NCIS Tyler Elliot
2012 Adopting Terror Tim
2012 Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Frack
2012 Hollywood Treasure Himself
2012 Franklin and Bash Viper
2012 Alphas Mitchell
2012–2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
2013 Santa Switch Eddie[42]
2014 The Strain Jim Kent


Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Blaze
2016 The Loud House Loni
2016 The Librarians Kirby Goulding
2016–2018 Justice League Action Billy Batson / Shazam
Bunnicula Chester
2017–2019 Stranger Things Bob Newby
2018–present The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Narrator
2019 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Pemberton
2019 No Good Nick Ed
2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Sergeant Knox

Video Games

Year Title Role
2002 Kingdom Hearts Hercules
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Samwise Gamgee
2004 Men of Valor Pat 'Mouth' Hodges
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king Samwise Gamgee
2010 The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest
2012 Lego The Lord of the Rings
2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
2015 Lego Dimensions Samwise Gamgee
2016 Minecraft: Story Mode Reginald

Awards and Nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1985 Young Artist Awards Best Starring Performance by a Young Actor – Motion Picture The Goonies Won
1989 Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture Staying Together Won
1991 Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Toy Soldiers Nominated
1994 Academy Awards Best Live Action Short Film Kangaroo Court Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated
2002 MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Elijah Woodand Gollum/Andy Serkis) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Won
Visual Effects Society Best Performance by an Actor in an Effects Film (shared with Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis) Won
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
National Board of Review Best Cast Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Ensemble[citation needed] Won
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Visual Effects Society Outstanding Male or Female Actor Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
2014 Utah Film Awards Best Actor[46] The Freemason Won


  • Besides being well-liked by the cast and crew, Astin was particularly close friends with Winona Ryder. The two were both former child actors and had nearly every scene together. Ryder was particularly unhappy to learn that Astin's character was being killed off, even texting complaints to Matt Duffer.[1]