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Feb. 18, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Actor Sean Astin will give the talk, "There and Back Again; An Actor's Tale," Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell Student Lectureship Committee.

Perhaps best-known for his role as hobbit Samwise Gamgee in "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, Astin played the starring role in "Rudy" and a supporting role as Mikey in "The Goonies."

He also directed and co-produced the short film "Kangaroo Court" which was nominated in the Best Short Film category in 1995. His latest short film, "The Long and Short of It," screened at Sundance in 2003.

"We're very excited about Sean's lecture," said Amanda Forsburg, chair of the SLC. "Our committee's goal was to bring a speaker who would bring the Bucknell community together, and the roles that he has portrayed appeal to a wide variety of interests."

Astin, who is a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, also is involved with the Tsunami Relief program. Donations for Tsunami Relief will be accepted at the door.

The President's Council was formed in 2003 to promote a culture of volunteerism and civil service in America. Members of the council include entertainers, athletes, retired elected officials, business and media leaders, leaders of nonprofit and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteers.

Astin, who also has served as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army since 1995, is the son of actors John Astin and Patty Duke. He graduated with honors from UCLA with degrees in history and American literature and culture.

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