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Michael Tell: Patty Duke’s Short-Lived Husband

Know about Patty Duke’s husband, Michael Tell, who became famous after their short-lived marriage. Discover his passion for rock music and promotion.

Meet Patty Duke’s Husband, Michael Tell

Michael Tell, born in the 1940s, is famous for one thing and one thing only – marrying the late American actress Patty Duke. But before he became a husband, he was just a high school kid with a dream of becoming a rockstar. Unfortunately, his singing skills were about as good as a cat’s meow, so he settled for a career in promotion instead.

Now, let’s talk about his marriage to Patty Duke. It was short. Like, really short. We’re talking 13 days short. 😮😮😮 But hey, at least he can say he was married to a Hollywood legend, right?

Before Patty tied the knot with Michael, she was dating Desi Arnaz Jr. But here’s the kicker – Desi was only 17 and Patty was 23. This caused quite the scandal, especially since Desi’s mom just so happened to be the one and only Lucille Ball. You can read all about it here.

Here is Patty on stage as an accomplished singer – just another string to her bow!

After the less than two-week marriage ended, Patty Duke went on to date actor John Astin. In 1971, Patty Duke gave birth to her son, Sean Astin, and John Astin stepped up to play the role of a father. However, Sean Astin spent his entire life being confused about which of the three men is his biological father.

After a DNA test that all three men, Desi Arnaz Jr., Michael Tell, and John Astin, agreed to do – it turned out Michael Tell was Sean’s father! There are rumors that John Astin and Patty Duke only ever got together to legitimize her child. However, it cannot be said that the three did not form a beautiful family, with Sean landing his first movie role with John Astin in The Goonies, but going on to find fame as Sam Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Sean Astin’s audition for The Goonies:


How old is Michael Tell?

Michael Tell is very secretive about sharing information about his life and there were only a few reliable reports about his birth information. There is no information publicly available about his birthday but people often would say that he is in his 70s.

How tall is Michael Tell?

Michael Tell is 5 feet 4 inches tall but his weight was never disclosed to the public.

Did Michael Tell ever remarry after Patty Duke?

Michael Tell married the American actress Patty Duke in 1970 but got annulled only after 13 days of being married. He never remarried again and carries on with his life as a divorced man.

How much is Michael Tell’s net worth?

Michael Tell has a net worth of $1 million which he earned as a rock promoter and music producer.

Does Michael Tell have any kids?

Michael Tell has a child with a former wife, Patty Duke. However, after their son, Sean Astin, who’s now an actor, was born, Patty said that Sean’s father was John Astin. Tell asked for a paternity test and which resulted in Michael Tell being the biological father to Sean.


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