Sean Astin, renowned actor and mental health advocate, will speak at the Victoria Fine Arts Center at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28 for the return of Victoria College’s Lyceum Lecture Series.

Astin is known for major roles in movies like “Rudy,” the “Lord of the Rings,” and “The Goonies.”

In addition to sharing his experiences in filmmaking, Astin will discuss mental health from a unique perspective. His mother, Academy and multi Emmy Award-winning Patty Duke, suffered through most of Sean’s childhood with an undiagnosed bipolar mood condition. Once diagnosed, she became a nationally renowned mental health advocate writing books, producing a film, and giving lectures across the country in an effort to help destigmatize mental illness.

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Astin has continued to build on his mother’s legacy of advocacy. By sharing intimate stories and details of growing up in a family where a mental health issue informs everyday life, he guides an audience through practical thinking about the issues from a lay perspective.

The lecture is free and open to the public. General seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the Lyceum Lecture Series, call (361) 573-3291 or visit

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