Who Is Christine Harrell? Everything About Sean Astin’s Wife Of 31 Years

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 24, 2024 | Updated on: February 24, 2024
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Christine Harrell is a film producer mostly recognized as the wife of American actor Sean Astin. The couple tied the knot in 1992 and since then, they have been happily leading their marriage. From their three decades of union, the husband-wife duo is also blessed with three beautiful daughters.

For your information, Christine’s husband Sean is the son of the late renowned actress Patty Duke from her 13 days marriage with Michael Tell. But, the truth about his biological father Michael was found when Sean was already in his mid-20s.

Key Takeaways

  • Christine Harrell is an Indiana native. She is the winner of Miss Indiana- Teen USA 1984.
  • She grew up doing modeling and later shifted to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
  • Christine produced the short film Kangaroo Court which was nominated for Academy Awards.
  • Harrell and her husband of over 30 years Sean have been together since the early 1990s.
  • She currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Sean Astin’s Wife Won Miss Teen Indiana Title In 1984

As per IMDb, Christine started modeling at a young age. Later, at the age of 17, she took part in Miss Indiana Teen-USA and among 0ther sixty girls, Harrel won the title of Miss Indiana Teen-USA in 1984.

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Christine, in the middle after she was crowned Miss Indiana Teen USA. Source: Newspaper

In fall of the year 1984, she went on to compete in Miss Teen USA all around but couldn’t make it to the top ten. In fact, Cherise Haugen from Illinois was crowned with the title.

Though Harrell lost the pageant competition, her thirst for modeling and acting didn’t let her remain back in her hometown, So, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in modeling and acting.

Is A Model

As mentioned above, Christine started doing some modeling gigs while in Indiana. Later, she became a student of Evelyn LaHaie of Valparaiso, which at the time was on the board of directors of the Modeling Association of America. Subsequently, she continued modeling in Los Angeles, CA.

Besides, she also spent a couple of years working as a celebrity representation at Special Artists Agency. While still at an Artists Agency, Harrell was the CEO and head of international. In addition, she was an assistant to Elizabeth Dalling.

After marrying the actor Sean, she started working as a film producer. She has been a vice president at Lava Entertainment since 1992.

Christine’s Movie Kangaroo Court Earned An Oscar Nomination

In 1994, Harrell produced a short movie Kangaroo Court with her husband Astin in the director’s seat. Later, the film which starred Stoney Jackson, Gregory Hines, and John Colton was nominated for Oscars. Also, for the production of the film, Christine received special honors alongside her hubby at the 67th Academy Awards.

What Is Doing In 2023?

At present, Harrell works at Lava Entertainment. Apart from that, she is also highly involved in community service. She works together with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and the local government

Is Sean Astin’s Wife Of 31 Years; How Did They Meet?

Harrell and her spouse Sean first came across each other on a phone call. At the time, Sean was on his movie promotional tour in Tokyo while Christine was a commercial agent in Beverly Hills who was given the task to set up meetings for her would-be husband in Japan.

It was January 1991, when Sean, 21 and Harrell, 19 had their face-to-face meetings. As Rudy actor mentioned in his book There and Back Again, they became instantly inseparable right after their first encounter and later made a tour in Asia and Europe together where their relationship further deepened.

They Wed in 1992

After being in a relationship for almost two years, the couple tied the knot on July 11, 1992. Their wedding ceremony was held at Sean’s mom’s Idaho farm.

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Young Christine with her groom on her wedding day. Source: Instagram

As of now, it’s been already 31 years of their marriage and still, the duo does have a healthy relationship.

Christine Is A Mother Of Three Daughters

Together with her spouse Sean, Christin welcomed three children Alexandra ” Ali”  Astin, Elizabeth Astin, and Isabella Astin. All of her three children use her middle name ‘Louis’.

Her eldest daughter Alexandra was born in November 1996 which makes her 26 years old in 2023. She gave birth to her second daughter Elizabeth in August 2002. And her youngest daughter Isabella was born prematurely on July 22, 2005. She is now 18 years old.

What Do Harrell’s Daughters Do? 

Alexandra, famously Ali is an actress best known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017), and Matter of Time. As per IMDb, she has a total of 10 acting credits to her name so far.

Christine is a mother of three
Christine with her daughters. Source: Instagram

On the other hand, Christine’s second child Elizabeth is currently studying Art history at Pepperdine University. As per her LinkedIn, she has been a development intern at Lava Entertainment.

Who Are Parents?

Talking about her parents, her mother is Nancy Miller, probably a housewife and her father Frank Harrell was a firefighter. Sadly enough, her father Frank is no more alive in this world. He was reportedly a victim of depression and died by suicide in the mid-90s.

Reports say, his failed attempt to run a grocery store where he spent his lifetime savings led him to stress.

Birth Details 

Harrell was born Christine Louise Harrell on September 12, 1967, just outside LaPorte, Indiana, United States. Similarly, she spent most of her early childhood in the Hoosier landscape of Rolling Prairie, Indiana.

Christine’s School And College

As for education, she went to New Prairie High School. After that, Christine attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated with B.A in History and English American Literature and Culture from UCLA.

How Rich Is Christine? Her Net Worth

The UCLA graduate, Christine is reported to have a net worth of $1 million. Meanwhile, her actor husband Sean has an estimated net amount of $10 million in 2023. Likewise, her mother-in-law, the famous late actress Patty Duke owned a fortune of $10 million at the time of her death in 2016.