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Actor Sean Astin Brings Mental Health Message To Houston

The actor, known for his work in Rudy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Stranger Things, was in Houston last week to speak to the health community about how families interact with relatives dealing with mental health challenges – and with their doctors.

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Actor Sean Astin in a scene from the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Actor Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, Rudy, Stranger Things) was in Houston last week (May 3) to address the health community at a Menninger Clinic event. He discussed how families interact with relatives dealing with mental health challenges – and with their doctors.

While he was in town, he stopped by the Houston Matters studios to discuss his lifelong experience as the son of a bipolar mother (the late actress Patty Duke) who addressed her mental health issues very publicly. She devoted the second half of her life to normalizing mental health issues.

“She was a part of a legion of people who were determined to talk about it and make it feel like an accessible topic, and it’s worked” Astin said. “I think were now in a time where the average American isn’t intimidated about the subject matter.”

Sean Astin and Craig Cohen In Studio
Host Craig Cohen poses in the Houston Matters studio with actor Sean Astin.

In the audio above, he and host Craig Cohen also discuss mental health and genetics, how Astin learned about his birth father, and some trivia about some of Astin’s most famous roles.

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Actor Sean Astin (center) poses with members of the News 88.7 staff.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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