Sean Astin made his feature film debut at age 13 and has continued his film career both in front of and behind the camera. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work directing the short film, Kangaroo Court'. Astin is the son of Patty Duke and stepson of John Astin. Sean Astin's best-known and most-loved role is as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Joe Layden is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer and is the author of more than thirty books for adults and children.