Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin used a paternity test to learn which of three men was his real father


We have all seen feuds on the Maury show where multiple men are fighting over who the biological father of a kid really is. While this over-the-top daddy drama might seem like something “staged” for daytime talk shows, it is actually the reality for many people – even celebrities.

From the moment Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin was born, the tabloids followed him and his mother, the late actress Patty Duke. Duke – who had been involved in a string of scandalous and highly-publicized relationships at the time of his birth – was questioned as to who her baby’s daddy really was.

In the end, it was between three different fathers. It took Sean 26 years until he eventually discovered the truth about who is father was after undergoing a DNA paternity test. Even after finally finding out who his biological dad was, he chose to maintain a close relationship with all three men.

Well-known actor

Sean Astin has been acting since the mid ’80s, when he made his film debut in Steven Spielberg’s adventure-comedy The Goonies at the age of 13. He has since had a large variety of successful roles including football rookie Rudy Ruettiger in the 1993 sports-drama Rudy and more recently Bob Newby in the hit Netflix fantasy-horror Stranger Things.

However, he is probably most recognized for his iconic portrayal as hobbit Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sean was actually making headlines way before he was a famous actor – in fact, people where talking about him from the moment he was born…

Highly-publicized birth

When Sean’s mother, the late Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke, gave birth to her son on February 25, 1971 – it was all over the tabloids. The reason for this was not only because Duke was a famous movie star who had just had a baby, but because no one knew who the father was.

At the time, the actress had been linked to three different men, and any one of them could have been Sean’s dad. The media had a heyday following the actress while trying to guess who the baby daddy could be – it was narrowed down between one very famous celebrity and one complete stranger who Duke barely knew.