Skylar Astin

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Skylar Astin
BornSkylar Astin Lipstein[1]
(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 26)[2][3]
New York City, New York
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2005–present
 
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Skylar Astin
BornSkylar Astin Lipstein[1]
(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 26)[2][3]
New York City, New York
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2005–present

Skylar Astin (born Skylar Astin Lipstein; September 23, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He is known for playing Georg in the Tony Award–winning stage musical Spring Awakening, and for his roles in the films Hamlet 2 (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), Pitch Perfect (2012), and 21 & Over (2013).

Early life and education[edit]

Astin was born in New York City and grew up in Rockland County, New York. He is the son of Meryl and Barry Lipstein.[4] He has a sister, Brielle, and two brothers, Milan and Jace.[5][dead link] Astin is Jewish.[6] Having graduated from Clarkstown High School North, he attended Stagedoor Manor summer camp. He was also a student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but took a leave of absence when cast in Spring Awakening.[7][8] When he was fifteen, his agent selected his middle name, Astin, as his stage name.[1]

Career[edit]

Astin's final performance in Spring Awakening was July 19, 2008.[9][10][11]

Astin took on the role of Mark Cohen in a production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, at the Hollywood Bowl on August 6–8, 2010.[12]

Astin played Rand Posin in the movie Hamlet 2.[13][14] He sang "Raped in the Face" on the soundtrack along with Phoebe Strole, who was his co-star in the film, and the film's star, Steve Coogan. Screenings of the film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival led to Astin signing on with United Talent Agency.[15]

Astin joined the cast of the 2009 Adam Carolla sitcom Ace in the Hole on CBS, which was not picked up.[16][17] In 2010 he joined the cast of the Jere Burns sitcom Strange Brew on Fox, which was also not picked up.

Astin guest-starred as Ben in the July 2011 episode of Love Bites titled "Boys to Men" and as Matt Kornstein in the May 2012 episode of Girls entitled "Hannah's Diary". He also played the role of a patient on House during episode 21 of season 8, in May 2012.

He starred in the 2012 comedy film Pitch Perfect as the character Jesse Swanson and in the 2013 comedy film 21 and Over as Casey.

He currently stars in the TBS sitcom Ground Floor as Brody Moyer, a young ambitious money manager who falls for a girl on the ground floor.

Stage[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Skylar Astin ‘Pitch Perfect’ Interview — Movies, Musicals, & Ace of Base - Movieline
  2. ^ Astin mentions his birthday, at https://mobile.twitter.com/SkylarAstin/status/249960961694371840?p=v and http://instagram.com/p/P8lzi-ApMV/
  3. ^ Astin is stated as being 25, in October 2012, at http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20636180,00.html
  4. ^ Jackson, Brian Keith. "Broadways new teen heroes: Our own cast bios of the 'Spring Awakening' kids", New York 40 (9): 152–3.
  5. ^ [1] was it supposed to be this? [2]
  6. ^ Elkin, Michael (July 17, 2008). "Summer Awakening for Skylar?". The Jewish Exponent. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lapowsky, Issie (April 24, 2007). "Putting NYU on hold for Broadway". Washington Square News. pp. nyunews.com. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. ^ Kalafatus, Greg (June 27, 2007). "New Spring Awakening Billboard Blooms Outside the O'Neill Theatre". playbill.com (Playbill). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ Lemire, Christy (August 28, 2008). "Steve Coogan and 'Hamlet 2' have their funny moments, but that's all they are -- moments.". goerie.com (Erie Times News). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ Rooney, David (June 16, 2006). "Spring Awakening.(Off B'way)(Theater review)". accessmylibrary.com (Daily Variety). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Past , Present and Future Spring Awakening stars say hello and goodbye". broadway.com. July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-16. [dead link]
  12. ^ Brady, Tveit, Astin And Thoms Join RENT At Hollywood Bowl
  13. ^ Sanford, James (August 27, 2008). "'Hamlet 2': Hey, kids! Let's put on an offensive show!". mlive.com (Kalamazoo Gazette). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  14. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 22, 2008). "All Shakespeare needed was a gay men's chorus". newsbank.com. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  15. ^ Goldstein, Gregg; and Simmons, Leslie (February 7, 2008). "Seems Sundance did have deals", The Hollywood Reporter 403: 3–4.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 30, 2009). "Big Three cast leads on comedy", The Hollywood Reporter 409: 4.
  17. ^ Krannich, Michael (April 27, 2009). "Ace in the Hole: Pamela Adlon mit Hauptrolle ( Ace in the Hole: Pamela Adlon, with lead role)". serienjunkies.de (in German). Series Junkies. Retrieved 2009-05-16. (Google translation)

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