Sean Patrick Astin is an American actor, voice actor and producer. His acting roles include Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger in Rudy, Doug Whitmore in 50 First Dates, Bob Newby in the second season of Stranger Things. Astin was born in Santa Monica, the son of actress Patty Duke and Michael Tell. However, at the time, it was erroneously reported that entertainer Desi Arnaz Jr. was his biological father. During that time, Duke had a sexual relationship with Michael Tell, a writer, music promoter and publisher of the newspaper The Las Vegas Israelite; when Duke became pregnant, she was unsure whether Arnaz or Tell was the father, so Tell offered to marry her as a way out of the scandal. The marriage only lasted 13 days in 1970, ended long before Astin was born. On August 5, 1972, Duke married actor John Astin, after having been in a relationship with him for two years; when the wedding guests were invited to speak, 18-month-old Sean looked at John and cried, "Daddy!", to which the Episcopal priest performing the ceremony remarked, "Well, that about does it!"
Astin subsequently adopted Sean. In 1973, Duke gave birth to Astin's brother, Mackenzie Astin, who became an actor. Duke and John Astin divorced in 1985. Duke married Mike Pearce in 1986, they adopted a son, Kevin, in 1989; when Astin was 14, Duke told him that Arnaz was his father, the two developed a relationship. However, in his mid-20s, Astin met a relative of Michael Tell. Sean set out to find the truth about his biological father, underwent genetic tests which showed Tell was his biological father. Astin has maintained close relationships with all three, saying, "Desi Arnaz Jr. loves me, I love him. We are so close... Science tells me.... Science tells me that Mike Tell is." Astin considers John his father. Astin is close to his stepfather, Mike Pearce, saying, "I can call any of them on the phone any time I want to. John, Mike, or Papa Mike... my four dads."Astin is of German and Irish ancestry through his mother, Austrian-Jewish and Polish-Jewish through his biological father. He attended Catholic school and became a Protestant.
Astin attended the Crossroads High School for the Arts and undertook master classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA with a B. A. in History and English. An alumnus of Los Angeles Valley College, Astin served on the school's board of directors of the Patrons Association and the Arts Council. Astin's first acting role was in a 1981 television movie titled Please Don't Hit Me, Mom, in which he played an 8-year-old child with an abusive mother, he made his film debut at the age of 13 as Mikey in The Goonies. After The Goonies, Astin appeared in several more films, including the Disney made-for-TV movie, The B. R. A. T. Patrol, opposite Nia Long, Tim Thomerson and Brian Keith. In 1994, Astin directed and co-produced the short film Kangaroo Court, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Astin continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s, including the Showtime science fiction film Harrison Bergeron, the Gulf War film Courage Under Fire, the Warren Beatty political satire Bulworth.
In the early 2000s, Astin played Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, consisting of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. Many awards were bestowed upon the trilogy its final installment, which earned eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Astin received seven award nominations for his own performance, won five, including the Saturn Award, the Sierra Award, the Seattle Film Critics Award, the Utah Film Critics Award, the Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male or Female in an Effects Film; the Return of the King cast as an ensemble received awards from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the Screen Actors Guild, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, received a Gold Derby Award. Throughout the filming process, Astin became close friends with several cast members, became good friends with costar Elijah Wood. Astin's daughter, Alexandra, is in the closing scene of The Return of the King.
She plays his onscreen daughter, Elanor Gamgee, who runs out to him as he returns from the Grey Havens. While working on The Lord of the Rings, Astin persuaded a number of fellow cast and crew members, including director Peter Jackson, to assist him in making his second short film, The Long and Short of It; the film, which takes place on a street in Wellington, New Zealand, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and can be found on the DVD for The Two Towers, along with a "making of" video. In 2004, Astin released There and Back Again, a memoir of his film career with emphasis on his experiences during production of The Lord of the Rings trilogy; the title is derived from the title of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, as well as the fictional book written by Bilbo Bag
Denver International Airport, locally known as DIA is an international airport in the western United States serving metropolitan Denver, Colorado, as well as the greater Front Range Urban Corridor. At 33,531 acres, it is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world, behind King Fahd International Airport. Runway 16R/34L, with a length of 16,000 feet, is the longest public use runway in North America and the seventh longest in the world. With over 35,000 employees, the airport is the largest employer in Colorado; the airport is located on the western edge of the Great Plains and within sight of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Opened in 1995, DEN has non-stop service to 215 destinations amongst 23 different airlines throughout North America, Latin America and Asia. S. to exceed 200 destinations. It has the second-largest domestic network, with 189 U. S. destinations. As of 2018, DEN is the 20th busiest airport in the world - the fifth busiest in the U.
S. In 2019, DEN served the most in the airport's history, it is the busiest airport in the Interior-West United States. The airport is a hub for both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines and is a main operating base for Southwest Airlines; these three airlines' combined operations made up about 85% of the total passenger traffic at DIA as of December 2018. Denver has traditionally been home to one of the busier airports in the nation because of its location. Many airlines including United Airlines, Western Airlines, former Frontier Airlines and People Express were hubbed at the old Stapleton International Airport. At times, Stapleton was a hub for four airlines; the main reasons that justified the construction of the new DEN included the fact that gate space was limited at Stapleton. From 1980 to 1983, the Denver Regional Council of Governments investigated six areas for a new metro area airport that were north and east of Denver. In September 1989, under the leadership of Denver Mayor Federico Peña, federal officials authorized the outlay of the first $60 million for the construction of DEE.
Two years Mayor Wellington Webb inherited the megaproject, scheduled to open on October 29, 1993. Delays caused by poor planning and repeated design changes due to changing requirements from United Airlines caused Mayor Webb to push opening day back, first to December 1993 to March 1994. By September 1993, delays due to a millwright strike and other events meant opening day was pushed back again, to May 15, 1994. In April 1994, the city invited reporters to observe the first test of the new automated baggage system. Reporters were treated to scenes of clothing and other personal effects scattered beneath the system's tracks, while the actuators that moved luggage from belt to belt would toss the luggage right off the system instead; the mayor cancelled the planned May 15 opening. The baggage system continued to be a maintenance hassle and was terminated in September 2005, with traditional baggage handlers manually handling cargo and passenger luggage. On September 25, 1994, the airport hosted a fly-in that drew several hundred general aviation aircraft, providing pilots with a unique opportunity to operate in and out of the new airport, to wander around on foot looking at the ground-side facilities—including the baggage system, still under testing.
FAA controllers took advantage of the event to test procedures, to check for holes in radio coverage as planes taxied around and among the buildings. DEN replaced Stapleton on February 28, 1995, 16 months behind schedule and at a cost of $4.8 billion, nearly $2 billion over budget. The construction employed 11,000 workers. United Airlines Flight 1062 to Kansas City International Airport was the first to depart DIA and United Flight 1474 from Colorado Springs Airport was the first to arrive at the new airport. After the airport's runways were completed but before it opened, the airport used the codes. DIA took over as its codes from Stapleton when the latter airport closed. During the blizzard of March 17–19, 2003, the weight of heavy snow tore a hole in the terminal's white fabric roof. Over two feet of snow on the paved areas closed the airport for two days. Several thousand people were stranded at DEN. In 2004, DEN was ranked first in major airports for on-time arrivals according to the FAA. Another blizzard on December 20 and 21, 2006 dumped over 20 inches of snow in about 24 hours.
The airport was closed for more than 45 hours. Following that blizzard, the airport invested in new snow-removal equipment that has led to a dramatic reduction in runway occupancy times to clear snow, down from an average of 45 minutes in 2006 to just 15 minutes in 2014; as part of the original design of the airport the city specified passenger volume "triggers" that would lead to a redevelopment of the master plan and possible new construction to make sure the airport is able to meet Denver's needs. The city hit its first-phase capacity threshold in 2008, DIA is revising the master plan; as part of the master plan update, the airport announced selection of Parsons Corporation to design a new hotel, rail station and two bridges leading into the main terminal. The airport has the ability to add up to six additional runways, bringing the total number of runwa
Marc Leishman is an Australian professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2009 he won the Rookie of the Year award on the PGA Tour, he was the first Australian to win the award. Leishman was born in Victoria, he had a successful amateur career in Australia, winning many junior tournaments. He won the Warrnambool Club Championship as a 13-year-old while playing in the same group as his father. In 2001 he won the Victorian Junior Masters, the South Australian Junior Masters and was the Victorian Boys champion, he turned professional in 2005. He played on the Von Nida Tour in 2006, topping the order of merit. In 2007, he played his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour finishing 92nd on the money list, he won his maiden title on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 at the WNB Golf Classic by a record-equaling eleven shots. He finished the year 19th on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2009 season. Leishman was voted the Rookie of the Year in 2009 after recording three top-10 finishes, which included a runner-up finish behind Tiger Woods at the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events.
Leishman subsequently qualified for the season ending Tour Championship. He ended the year 53rd on the money list, he recorded his second runner-up finish of his PGA Tour career at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2010. He finished inside the top 100 on the money list in both 2010 and 2011, he reached the BMW Championship in both seasons. Leishman won his first tournament after 96 starts on the PGA Tour in June 2012 at the Travelers Championship, coming from six strokes back of the 54 hole leaders to win by a stroke, he shot a final round of 62, which included eight birdies and no bogeys to match his career best round and second best comeback in the tournament's history. He became the second Australian to win the event after Greg Norman in 1995. At the 2013 Masters Tournament, Leishman was the co-leader after the opening round, alongside Sergio García, as he shot a six under total of 66, he maintained his challenge over the second and third rounds to go into the final day two strokes behind the leaders.
He finished T-4 with four shots off the lead. In July 2015, in The Open Championship at St Andrews, Leishman finished as joint runner-up after losing in a four-hole aggregate playoff during a Monday finish to the delayed tournament. After coming close to missing the cut after the first two rounds, Leishman shot a 64 during the third round and a 66 in the final round to finish in a tie for first place with Zach Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Leishman did have the sole lead of the Championship with six holes to go during the final round but bogeyed the 16th hole to drop back to 15-under-par and an eventual tie. In the resulting four-hole playoff, after finding a divot with his tee shot at the first hole, this led to a bogey while Johnson and Oosthuizen opened with birdies to open up a two-stroke gap over Leishman. A further bogey at the third hole left him three strokes behind on the final hole and out of contention but his tie for second place gave him his best performance in a major to date.
On 19 March 2017, Leishman won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. On 17 September 2017, he claimed his third PGA Tour event, the BMW Championship with a tournament record −23. On 14 October 2018, Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic by five strokes and equal Justin Thomas' tournament record of 26-under-par in 2015 on the TPC Kuala Lumpur West course. In December 2019, Leishman played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia; the U. S. team won 16–14. Leishman halved his Sunday singles match against Rickie Fowler. In January 2020, Leishman won the Farmers Insurance Open for his fifth PGA Tour title. Leishman shot a final round 65 to defeat Jon Rahm by one stroke. Leishman is married to Audrey and they have three children, they live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. On 31 March 2015, Audrey admitted herself to hospital suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Leishman returned from preparations for the 2015 Masters Tournament to be with her.
She was put in an induced coma, toxic shock began to affect her organs. She was given a 5% chance of recovery. In mid-April, she had recovered enough to return home, Leishman resumed the Tour in New Orleans, he and his wife created the Begin Again Foundation which aids families who need assistance with medical expenses. 2001 Victorian Junior Masters, Victorian Boys Championship, South Australian Junior Masters 2005 Lake Macquarie Amateur 1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour PGA Tour playoff record 1Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour European Tour playoff record 2006 Cairns Classic, Toyota Southern Classic 2007 Toyota Southern Classic 2008 Victorian PGA Championship 2006 Jisan Resort Open CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Most consecutive cuts made – 12 Longest streak of top-10s – 1 CUT = missed the halfway cut "T" indicates a tie for a place Results not in chronological order prior to 2015. QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = Tied Professional Presidents Cup: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 World Cup: 2016, 2018 2017 – Greg Norman Medal 2008 Nationwide Tour graduates List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins Marc Leishman at the PGA Tour of Australasia official site Marc Leishman at the PGA Tour official site Marc Leishman at the Official World Golf Ranking official site Marc Leishman player profile, Golf Australia