Is Skylar Astin Related to Sean Astin? The Truth Behind the Rumors

Who is Skylar Astin?

Skylar Astin is an American actor and singer who rose to fame for his role as Jesse Swanson in the musical films Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). He also originated the role of Georg in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, and has since appeared in films such as Hamlet 2 (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), Cavemen (2013), and 21 & Over (2013). He played the role of Greg Serrano on the last season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a role originally played by Santino Fontana, and Max in the musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020). He plays the titular role in the 2022 CBS drama So Help Me Todd.

Skylar was born on September 23, 1987 in New York City, the son of Meryl and Barry Lipstein, a garment industry executive. He is Jewish and has a sister, Brielle, and two brothers, Milan and Jace. Growing up in New City, New York, he graduated from Clarkstown High School North and attended Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp. He was also a student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but he took a leave of absence when cast in Spring Awakening.

Skylar does not use his parents’ last name publicly. Instead, he opted to use his middle name professionally and has done so since he was a teenager. He explained that his first agent suggested he use his middle name as his stage last name to be “less specific to one thing” and that he is not embarrassed or ashamed of his decision.

Who is Sean Astin?

Sean Astin is also an American actor who is best known for his roles as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), Mikey Walsh in The Goonies (1985), Bob Newby in Stranger Things (2017), and Rudy Ruettiger in Rudy (1993). He has also appeared in films such as 50 First Dates (2004), Click (2006), The War of the Roses (1989), and Encino Man (1992). He has also voiced characters in animated shows and films such as Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-2017), Oso in Special Agent Oso (2009-2012), and Shazam in Justice League: War (2014).

Sean was born on February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California, the son of actress Patty Duke and actor John Astin. However, he was raised by Duke’s second husband, Michael Tell, whom she married for 13 days before their annulment. Sean only learned about his biological father when he was 14 years old⁴. He has four half-brothers: Mackenzie Astin, who is also an actor; David; Allen; and Tom⁴. He graduated from Crossroads High School for the Arts and later attended UCLA.

Sean has been married to Christine Harrell since 1992. They have three daughters: Alexandra, Elizabeth, and Isabella.

Is Skylar Astin Related to Sean Astin?

No, Skylar Astin and Sean Astin are not related to one another. Skylar Astin once mentioned that he and Sean Astin are brothers, but he has often and emphatically refuted this claim. They spend Thanksgiving dinners together, but they are not biologically or legally related¹. Some fans also linked Skylar to John Astin, who is Sean Astin’s adoptive father, but this is also false².

The confusion may stem from the fact that both actors share the same last name and have similar careers in Hollywood. However, this is just a coincidence and there is no family connection between them.


Skylar Astin and Sean Astin are both talented actors who have starred in popular movies and shows. However, they are not related by blood or by law. They are just friends who happen to have the same last name. The rumors about their relationship are unfounded and have been debunked by both actors themselves..

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