Astin in 2013
|Born||Skylar Astin Lipstein
September 23, 1987
New York City, New York, U.S.
Skylar Astin Lipstein (born September 23, 1987), known professionally as Skylar Astin, is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Jesse Swanson in the musical films Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). He was also in the original cast of the award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening and has appeared in films such as Hamlet 2 (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), and 21 & Over (2013).
Astin was born in New York City to Meryl and Barry Lipstein. His father is a garment industry executive. He grew up in Rockland County, New York. He has a sister, Brielle, and two brothers, Milan and Jace. He is Jewish. Having graduated from Clarkstown High School North, he attended Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp. He was also a student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but he took a leave of absence when cast in Spring Awakening. When he was 15, his agent selected his middle name, Astin, as his stage name.
Astin played Rand Posin in the movie Hamlet 2. He sang "Raped in the Face" on the soundtrack with Phoebe Strole, 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.
Astin joined the cast of the 2009 Adam Carolla sitcom Ace in the Hole on CBS. However, the show was not picked up by the network. 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 a patient on House, Season 8, Episode 21, May 2012.
|2008||Hamlet 2||Rand Posin|
|2009||Taking Woodstock||John P. Roberts|
|2012||Love Written in Blood||Henderson|
|2012||Pitch Perfect||Jesse Swanson||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Anna Kendrick)
|2013||21 & Over||Casey|
|2015||Flock of Dudes||David|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Jesse Swanson|
|2009||Ace in the Hole||Tod Morella||Unsold pilot|
|2010||Strange Brew||Kyle||Unsold pilot|
|2011||Love Bites||Ben||Episode: "Boys to Men"|
|2012||Girls||Matt Kornstein||Episode: "Hannah's Diary"|
|2012||House||Derrick||Episode: "Holding On"|
|2013–2015||Ground Floor||Brody Moyer||20 episodes|
|2014||Glee||Jean Baptiste||Episode: "City of Angels"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots"|
|2010||Rent||Mark Cohen||Hollywood Bowl|
|2011||The Online Gamers||Mikey||3 episodes|
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- Astin mentions his birthday, at https://mobile.twitter.com/SkylarAstin/status/249960961694371840?p=v and http://instagram.com/p/P8lzi-ApMV/
- Astin is stated as being 25, in October 2012, at http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20636180,00.html
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