Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s loyal Hobbit companion in the original The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, is parking his Great Eagle at FACTS. This courageous mini hero will tell you all about his adventures in Middle-Earth. So watch your step, or you might crush his relatively tiny, but extremely hairy toes.

Behind Sam’s gentle puppy eyes, we find the equally sympathetic Sean Astin, an American actor from California who feels quite at ease on stage, talking to a crowd of interested fans. As one of the protagonists of some of the most celebrated fantasy movies of the past decades, Sean will most likely share loads of trivia about The Lord of the Rings and other projects. And he always does it in an impeccable, humorous way.

Sean Astin tried to be present at the brand new Spring Edition of FACTS on April 2nd and 3rd, but sadly, his mother – actress Patty Duke – passed away on March 29th. He needed to be with his family back then, of course. But now, he’s twice as eager to meet the fans during FACTS October 2016.

This talented actor also portrayed Mikey in the cult movie The Goonies (1985), protagonist Rudy in the movie of the same name (1993), Doug Whitmore – the young man ravaged by steroids – in 50 First Dates (2004), Lynn McGill in 24 (2006), Frack in Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012) and Jim Kent in The Strain (2014). He is also quite famous as the voice actor of Raphael in the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 – 2016) TV series.

Want to know what it feels like to have Middle-Earth’s best travelling companion by your side? Then come to FACTS October 2016! Sean Astin will be available during FACTS October 2016 (Saturday AND Sunday 22-23 October) for panels, signing sessions and photoshoots.


  1. Sean Astin had to endure quite a lot for The Lord of the Rings. He had to gain 35 to 40 pounds for his role of Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee.
  2. Astin also got severely injured in the scene where Sam ran into a lake to stop Frodo, in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). He stepped on a piece of glass and had to be rushed to the hospital. He received many stitches to repair the injury. But something tells us that he thinks that it was all worth it.





Present at FACTS: 2016-2-october