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Who is Mackenzie Astin? Explore his Biography, Facts and Personal Life

Who is Mackenzie Astin? Explore his Biography, Facts and Personal Life

The actor Mackenzie Astin is famous for his role as Andy Moffett in the sitcom ‘The Facts of Life’ from 1985 to 1988.

Mackenzie Astin enters this earth as Mackenzie Alexander Astin on May 12, 1973, in Los Angeles, California. As of 2019, his age is 46 years old under the birth sign Taurus. He was born to parents Patty Duke (mother) and John Astin (father). His mother is an Academy Award’-winning actor. He has a half-brother named Sean Astin as his siblings. His brother is also an actor and was featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ He is of English, Irish, Scottish, and German descent.

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Caption: Mackenzie Astin with his family in his childhood
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At the age of 10, he would often visit Patty and Sean on the sets of movies and TV shows. In the year 1985, his parents divorced while he was at the age of 12 years old. Regarding his education, he attended the ‘Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School’ and the ‘University High School’ in Los Angeles. During his high school days, he appeared in ‘Little League Baseball’.

Astin stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches with an average weight. He has a light red hair color and green eyes color.


At the age of 9 years old Mackenzie by appearing in the made-for-TV film ‘Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal’ (1982). In one of the episodes of ‘ABC’s drama series ‘Finder of Lost Loves’ in 1984, he played the role of ‘Jeremy Warren’. At the age of 12, he made his big break in one of ‘NBC’s longest-running sitcoms, ‘The Facts of Life’ (1979–1988). In the year 1985, he appeared in the recurring role of ‘Andy Moffett,’ in the sixth and seven seasons of the show.

He remained in the series till its end in 1988. For this appearance, he won the ‘Young Artist Award’ in 1986. Besides, he also appeared in one of the episodes of the ‘ABC’ sitcom ‘Hail to the Chief’ (1985) along with his mother. The same year, he appeared in ‘NBC’s TV movie ‘I Dream of Jeannie – Fifteen Years Later’. And also in two episodes of the drama series ‘Hotel.’

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Caption: Mackenzie Astin
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In the year 1987, he made his debut on the silver screen with the ‘The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. He took a break from acting in the year 1988 to finish high school. In the year 1994, he continued his movie career with films such as ‘Iron Will’ (with legendary actor Kevin Spacey) and the western ‘Wyatt Earp’ (with Kevin Costner). Before ‘Iron Will.’ Also, he has appeared in the TV movie ‘A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story’ in 1992. In the year 1996, he appeared in a comedy-drama named ‘The Evening Star’ with Shirley Maclaine.

Car Accident

He had a car accident during the filming of the movie and lost the top edge of his right ear. Some of his movies include ‘The Last Days of Disco’ (1998), ‘The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human’ (1999), and How to Deal’ (2003). Beginning in 2005, he appeared in several top-notch shows. They are ‘Lost’ (2005), ‘House’ (2006), ‘Justice’ (2006), ‘Psych’ (2009), ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (2011), ‘Prime Suspect’ (2011), ‘NCIS’ (2012), ‘Criminal Minds’ (2012), and ‘Bones’ (2013). Between 2005 and 2010, he appeared in the ‘Program of Theatre Arts and Studies’ at ‘Johns Hopkins University along with his father.

From 2014 to 2017, he played the role of ‘Noah Baker,’ in the third season of the political thriller ‘Scandal.’ He also appeared in one of the episodes of ‘Mad Men’ since 2015. The next year, he again appeared in the TV adaption of Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel ‘The Magician.’ In the year 2018, he appeared in the political thriller ‘Homeland.’ There he played the role of ‘Bill Dunn,’ brother-in-law of the lead character of the series.

What is Mackenzie Astin Net Worth and Salary?

Mackenzie Astin owns an estimated net worth of around $5 million as of 2019. He collected his fortune from his career of nearly four decades in film and television as well. Likewise, he has 106 acting wealth through that he has been able to earn fame as well as deep pockets.

In films, his debut was in The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987). The movie went on to collect $1.6 million against the budget of $1 million. His other movie called Iron Will (1994). This earned $21 million. 

In the indie romance film The Mating Habit of the Earthbound Human (1999). This move earned only $4,634, Mackenzie featured alongside Carmen ElectraDavid Hyde PierceLucy LiuLisa Rotondi, etc. 

Personal Life with wife Jennifer Abbott Astin

Yes, The 46 years old American actor, Mackenzie Astin is a married man. He tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend turned wife as Jennifer Abbott Astin. The couple exchanged their wedding vows in a private marriage ceremony on 11 April 1973. Their marriage ceremony was attended by their family members and close relatives as well. They have been sharing a marital relationship since 2011.

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Caption: Mackenzie Astin with his wife (Photo: Gettyimages)

In their conjugal life of over eight years, the couple is yet to welcome a child. They remain so secretive that it is hard even to find a photo of the pair together. Moreover, neither of them is active on Instagram which further helps in keeping their information secret.

Though Astin is quite open about his personal life, he has kept all the information about his spouse and kids far from the limelight. As of now, he is spending a happy married life with his family.

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