Who is Michael Tell? Relationship with Patty Duke
Michael Tell is an American rock promoter, publisher, and writer, however, he is best known to the world for his short but spectacular relationship with actress Patty Duke, which produced actor Sean Astin. Michael and Patty were together for only 25 days, and their marriage lasted for 13 days, which apparently made Michael very popular. The two married on the 26th June 1970 and divorced on the 9th July.
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Supposedly the reason the two married was that Patty discovered that she was pregnant, but didn’t know who is the father was, as at the time she had been dating both Michael and Desi Arnaz Jr., the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
However, her and Michael’s marriage ended in annulment, and he was never a father to Sean, though it was later confirmed that Michael is Sean Astin’s father.
Unfortunately, there isn’t anything known about Michael’s life in the media, other than that he worked as a writer for several magazines. His net worth is estimated to be around $1 million, as of early 2020.
Michael Tell’s Ex-Wife, Patty Duke
Born Anna Marie ‘Patty’ Duke on the 14th December 1946, in Manhattan, New York City USA, she was the youngest in the family of three siblings. The daughter of Frances Margaret, a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, who was a handyman and a cab driver and of Irish and German ancestry, she had a tough time growing up; her father an alcoholic and her mother who suffered from clinical depression often violent episodes.
Her father was forced out of the family home when she was six years old, and with her unstable mother, she turned to talent managers, John and Ethel Ross who were already working on Patty’s brother’s career. Her troubles only intensified there, as she was forced onto drugs and alcohol by the Rosses.
Her managers imposed the name Patty on her, and she became a star under this name. She made her acting debut in 1958 in the TV series “Brighter Day”, and subsequently appeared in more than 140 films and TV series before her death. She is best known to the world as Helen Keller in the biopic drama film “The Miracle Worker” (1962), for which she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, among other recognitions.
Other popular credits include the role of Billie Carol in the film “Billie” (1965), and as Bernadette Hennessey Armagh in the TV mini-series “Captains and the Kings” (1976).
Personal Life, Health Issues, Death
Patty was married four times in her life; her first husband was the director Harry Falk from 1965 until 1969. Her second husband was Michael, with whom she has a son Sean – she then married John Astin in 1972 who adopted Sean and gave him his last name. The two welcomed a son together, actor Mackenzie Astin, but the two divorced in 1985. After this, she married drill sergeant Michael Pearce, with whom she remained married until her death. They lived in Hayden, Idaho with their adopted son, Kevin who was born in 1988.
Patty often spoken about her health issues, specifically her mental health, as she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 1982.
She passed away on the 29th March 2016 at 69 years old, from a sepsis, which was caused by a ruptured intestine. Her son Sean started the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative in her honor.
Michael Tell’s Son, Sean Astin
Sean Astin was born on the 25th February 1971 in Santa Monica, California USA, and is an actor, voice actor, director and producer.
He was adopted by John Astin, and Sean would call him daddy, however, her mother and John divorced in 1985. He was later told that Desi Arnaz Jr. was his father, but this wasn’t true, which he found out in his mid- 20s, following a DNA test. Nevertheless, he refers to his mother’s love interests as four dads, John Astin, Michael Tell, Desi Arnaz Jr, and Michael Pearce. He went to Crossroads High School for the Arts, and attended master classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles. He eventually obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English (American literature and culture) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sean’s career started in 1981 with the role in the television movie “Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom”, but had his first success in 1985 with the role of Mikey in the highly popular film “The Goonies”. He had several other successful appearances before the ‘80s ended, including parts in White Water Summer” (1987), and “Staying Together” in 1989. Throughout the ‘90s he enjoyed success, starting with “Encino Man” (1992), then “Courage Under Fire” (1996), and the Academy Award-nominated film “Bulworth” (1998).
However, his most successful years were the early 2000s, when he portrayed Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy from 2001 to 2003; he won a number of awards and the role launched him to prominence.
He has since expanded his career to voice acting, and now has more than 155 projects on which he has worked so far as an actor and voice actor. He has often been used in minor or guest roles, and in recent years you could have seen him portraying Bob Newby in the TV fantasy-drama series “Stranger Things” (2017-2019), and as Ed in the TV series “No Good Nick”, among numerous other roles he has played so far in his career.
Sean is also a director and producer, and has worked on the short films and TV series, some of which include the short film from 1988 “On My Honor”, which was his directorial debut, then “The Long and Short of It” (2003).
Sean Astin Personal Life, Net Worth
Astin is a married man and his wife is Christine Harrell, the former Miss Indiana Teen USA for 1984. The couple married in 1992 and have welcomed three daughters, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Isabella, born in 1996, 2002 and 2005, respectively. His oldest, Alexandra appeared in a minor role in the third installment of the “Lord of the Rings” – “The Return of the King” – as Samwise’s daughter.
Sean is a successful actor and his fruitful career has earned him millions. According to sources, his wealth has been estimated at $30 million, as of early 2020.