Born Skylar Astin Lipstein, September 23, 1987 (age 25), Skylar is an American actor best known for his performance as Georg in the Tony Award-winning musical, Spring Awakening, and as Jesse in the 2012 movie, Pitch Perfect.
Astin grew up in Rockland County, New York. He has a sister, Brielle, and two brothers, Jace and Milan. He was raised Jewish. Having graduated from Clarkstown High School North, he attended Stagedoor Manor summer camp. He was also a student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but took a leave of absence when cast in Spring Awakening. When he was fifteen, his agent selected his middle name, Astin, as his stage name.
Astin’s final performance in Spring Awakening was July 19, 2008, along with his co-stars Phoebe Strole, Remy Zaken, Brian Charles Johnson and Lilli Cooper. Astin took on the role of Mark Cohen in a production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, at the Hollywood Bowl from August 6-8, 2010.
Astin played Rand Posin in the movie Hamlet 2. He sang “Raped in the Face” on the soundtrack along with Phoebe Strole, who was 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, in his feature debut, signing on with United Talent Agency.
Astin joined the cast of the 2009 Adam Carolla sitcom Ace in the Hole on CBS, which has since not been picked up. Astin guest-starred as Ben in the July 2011 episode of Love Bites entitled “Boys to Men” and Matt Kornstein in the May 2012 episode of Girls entitled “Hannah’s Diary”. He also played the role of a sick patient in the series finale of House during episode 21 of season 8, in May 2012.
Stage: Rent – Mark Cohen, Spring Awakening – Georg
Filmography: Stagedoor (2006), Hamlet 2 (2008), Ace in the Hole (2009) , Taking Woodstock (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Pitch Perfect (2012), 21 and Over (2013), Cavemen (2013)
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