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Daughter of American actor Sean Astin bags masters degree at Harvard University, wins dean’s award

The daughter of popular American actor, Sean Astin named Ali Astin has bagged her master’s degree in Dramatic Arts at Harvard University, United States, and was awarded the dean’s award for her outstanding performance.

Sean Astin is an American actor, voice actor, and screenwriter known for his roles in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Goonies.

Celebrating his daughter’s success, actor Sean shared a post with  picture of him and Ali at the graduation on his Instagram page to congratulate and express how proud he is. He mentioned that Ali obtained her masters degree in Dramatic Arts with minor in Anthropology.

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”Today, my eldest Ali graduated with a Masters Degree in Dramatic Arts (& Anthropology) from Harvard University, where she also did her undergrad work,” he said.



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Sean mentioned that his daughter won the Dean’s Prize for the Outstanding Thesis in the university Humanities Department. Speaking on her thesis with People, he said her research is not just important for artists but for everyone.

“I’m excited for Ali to keep creating. Her PhD Research is so important, not just for professional artists but for our entire species, She is charting an academic path to understanding the nature of human emotion in drama. Who knows where that will go,” he said.

He added that Ali working in the family’s industry, has brought them opportunities to collaborate hinting that she is producing a movie where he will direct. “Maybe we’ll be able to test some of her thesis ideas. Ali is an original, and the sky is the limit with her future,” he said.


Ali attributed her success to her father stating that he has been supportive since the beginning of her degree. “My dad has the biggest heart of anyone I know. And nowhere was that more evident than at this graduation, he stood, literally, on his tip toes for five hours in Harvard Yard, just taking it all in!” she said.

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“To my father, for teaching me how cathartic and entertaining it can be to embrace absurd emotion, He is at fault for the weirdness I inflict upon the world, and for that, I’m truly grateful,” she wrote in her thesis.

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