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Addams Family actor John Astin reveals he auditioned for Gandalf in Lord of The Rings

John Astin, who played Gomez in the original Addams Family television show, has revealed that he auditioned for the part of Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings film franchise. Astin, who is now 92, said he “tested a few times for Gandalf” but the role eventually went to British actor Ian McKellen. The films also starred Astin’s adopted son, actor Sean Astin, who played the character of Samwise Gamgee. “The last test I did, they gave me something out of the second book, and I studied it and came up with what I thought was a good interpretation...
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John Astin From ‘The Addams Family’ Enjoys Work And Family Life At 91

With an unsettling stare that’s at odds with his wholesome devotion to his wife, Gomez Addams is as unorthodox as the rest of the Addams family, brought to life by veteran actor John Astin himself. As if a career spanning 67 years wasn’t enough, Astin still keeps his foot in the door, all while balancing life with his family outside of 0001 Cemetery Lane. Catch up with this prolific actor here and see what he’s up to today.
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