Me-TV presents 9 Altogether Ooky Facts About John Astin. Here are three of my favorites…
3. He was nominated for an Oscar…
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…but it wasn’t for acting. Astin directed the 1968 short film Prelude. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
4. He appeared in ‘West Side Story.’
Image: United Artists
The 1961 musical blockbuster starred box office heavyweights like Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, but it also featured an uncredited appearance by Astin. The actor appeared as the character Glad Hand, the social worker who kicks off the “Mambo” dance sequence in the gymnasium.
5. He appeared as The Riddler on ‘Batman.’
Most people associate the devious villain with Frank Gorshin. But Astin also put on the green tights and purple mask in the season two episodes “Batman’s Anniversary” and “A Riddling Controversy.”