Sep 29, 2023
Mackenzie Astin: Bisexual-Inclusive
John Astin and Patty Duke, younger brother of Sean Astin, since the 1980s. His biggest claim to fame then was a starring role on The Facts of Life (1985-88), about four girls in a private boarding school.
By the time he hit the series, the girls had graduated and were working in a boutique, Over Our Heads. He played Andy Moffett, an orphan adopted by end-of-series lead Beverly (Cloris Leachman).
During the 1990s, he grew hard, hairy, and rather gaunt, as he tried to distance himself from his gay-coded teen years with macho hetero-roles: Iron Will (1994), about a dogsled competition; the Western Wyatt Earp (1994); Ernest Hemingway's wartime buddy in In Love and War (1996).
Out as bisexual, Mackenzie is married to a woman, and a gay ally.
See also: The Patty Duke Show.