25 Facts to Know about Michael Tell, Sean Astin’s Father!

Patty Duke and Michael Tell. Michael and Patty were married for only 13 days. Source: East Idaho News

Michael Tell is the father of the American actor, Sean Astin.

Besides being the dad of Sean, he is also the ex-husband of late American actress, Anna Marie “Patty” Duke.


Top 25 Facts about Michael Tell

  1. Michael Tell only came to fame for his relationship with Patty Duke and Sean Astin. Due to this, we don’t have information about his birth and ealry life.

Marriage with Patty Duke

  1. Michael Tell and Patty Duke married in June 1970,
  2. Mike had been leasing her apartment and during the actress’ manic state, the duo wed.
  3. They were together for just 13 days.
  4. They annulled their marriage a year later.

Father of Sean Astin

  1. Patty Duke found out about being pregnant with Sam Astin just before her marriage with Michael Tell.
  2. Their son, Sean was born on February 25, 1971, in Santa Monica, California.
  1. During Sean’s birth, Michael and Patty were already separated and the latter was secretly dating John Astin at the time.
  2. After Sean’s birth, John separated from his first wife, Suzanne Hahn and married Patty in 1972.
  3. John accepted Sean as his own and helped raise him.
  4. Sean welcomed his half-sibling, Mackenzie Astin on May 12, 1973.
Sean Astin with his dad, John Astin.
  1. When Sean was 14, his mother, Patty revealed that John isn’t his real father, it was Desi Arnaz Jr.
  2. Desi and Patty had dated prior the latter’s marriage with Michael.
  3. Sean believed his mother and bonded with Desi.
  1. However, over a decade later, when he was 26, Astin met Tell’s relative who told him they were related.
  2. Sean then underwent paternity test with all three of them and the results revealed Michael as the real biological father.

If you want to know who I am, John Astin is my father, Michael Tell is my biological father.

Sean told People in 2001!
  1. Astin also went on to say that he has a good relationship with the all of them.

Desi Arnaz Jr. loves me, and I love him. We are so close. Science tells me that he’s not my biological father. Science tells me that Mike Tell is.

  1. John bonded with Michael and told the media that he was a great guy.

His biological dad turns out to be a great guy and we’ve become griendly. He’s a good guy.

  1. While talking to ABC in 2004, Sean revealed that he had a great relationship with all of his dads.

I can call any of them on the phone any time I want to. John, Desi, Mikes or Papa Mike….my four dads.


  1. Post-divorce, Michael Tell stayed on the low side so, we don’t know if he’s married.
  2. As for Patty, she married John Astin in 1972, but divorced 13 years later in 1986.
  3. She then married the former military drill sergeant, Michael Pearce.
  4. They remained together until Patty’s death 30 years later.

Death of Patty Duke

  1. Michael Tell’s ex-wife, Patty Duke died at the age of 69 at 1:20 AM on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at a hospital in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, USA.
  2. She passed away from a ruptured intestine due to sepsis.
  3. She was cremated and her ashes were buried at Forest Cemetery in Coeur D’Alene.


  1. Michael Tell was an American record producer, song advertiser, and distributor.
  2. He was also a writer and publisher of the newspaper, The Las Vegas Israelite.


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