Actor John Astin announced as festival coronation guest

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has announced actor John Astin plans to attend the coronation of his granddaughter, Alexandra “Ali” Astin, when she is crowned Queen Shenandoah LXXXVII on May 2.

John Astin, best known for his role as Gomez Addams on “The Addams Family” TV show from 1964 to ’66, has also had roles in “Dennis the Menace,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “Murder, She Wrote.” He played super villain the Riddler in the second season of “Batman” with Adam West, according to a festival news release.

Currently he teaches method acting and directing in the Theater Arts and Studies Department at Johns Hopkins University, the release said. He plans to join adopted son, actor Sean Astin, and other members of the Astin family in Winchester for the queen’s coronation, next week.

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