Michael Tell (Ex-husband of Actress Patty Duke) Facts/ Biography/ Short-Lived Marriage and Controversy

Michael Tell

Michael Tell came into the limelight after marrying famous American Actress Patty Duke. Michael Tell is an American Rock Promoter.

Michael Tell Wiki/ Bio

Michael Tell became famous after marrying Actress Patty Duke even though the marriage was short-lived. Talking about his qualification he completed high school and pursued a career in the promotion.

Michael Tell Height/ Weight/ Age

His height is 5 feet 4 inches tall and maintains a remunerative body weight at this age. He was born in the 1940s in the United States. There are no exact details available about his birthdate. Michael Tell’s age is approximately in the 70s.

Michael Tell Net worth

He has earned a net worth of $1 million as a rock promoter. On the other hand, Michael’s ex-wife Late Patty Duke had a net worth of $10 million at the time of her death.

Michael Tell Girlfriend/ Wife/ Family

He has been very secretive about his personal life and thus has not revealed any details about his family. His father and mother’s name is not known. There is no information available about his siblings as well.

Michael Tell and Patty Duke wedding photo from 1970
Michael Tell and Patty Duke wedding photo from 1970

Michael Tell Patty Duke met for the first time at a restaurant and fell for each other. Tell married Patty on 26 June 1970. Surprisingly the marriage lasted for only 13 days after which they separated and annulled their relationship a year later. He gained popularity after marrying the Late Actress Patty Duke, who was an American Actress famous for the movie The Miracle Worker. She won an Academy Award for her role as Helen Keller.

Talking about Patty Duke’s love life we can see it was full of colors from her relationships. Patty Duke Michael Tell’s ex-wife was dating Desi Arnaz Jr before her marriage to Michael. Desi Arnaz Jr was only 17 and she was 23 which caused controversy. There were reports that she was pregnant with her son prior to her marriage with Tell. Marrying Tell was the reason to give her son a name.

Patty Duke with her son Sean Astin
Patty Duke with her son Sean Astin

On 25th February 1971 Patty gave birth to her son Sean Astin, Actor John Astin married her and played the role of father to Sean. John Astin and Patty Duke’s marriage lasted for 13 years, they have a son together Mackenzie Astin was born in 1973. At last in the year 1986, Patty married a drill sergeant Michael Pearce and remained his wife until her death in 2016. The couple didn’t give birth to any child, however, they adopted a son Kevin who was born in 1988.

Patty Duke died on 29 March 2016 at the age of 69 with sepsis from a ruptured intestine. News of her death was announced by her agent Mitchell K Stubbs.

Sean Astin wrote: “This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian and champion for mental health, Anna Patty Duke Pearce closed her eyes, quite her pain and ascended to a beautiful place. We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and comparison throughout her life.”

Michael Tell's son Sean Astin
Michael Tell’s son Sean Astin

Sean Astin (now an Actor) is Michael Tell’s son which was confirmed after a DNA test taken by Sean to know who among the three men was his biological father to get out of the confusion.

NameMichael tell
Date of birth1940’s
BirthplaceUnited States
Zodiac SignNot Known
HometownNot Known
Net worth$ 1 million US Dollars
SchoolNot Known
CollegeNot Known
Heightcentimeters- 162 cm
feet & inches- 5′ 4″
WeightNot Known
Body measurementsNot Known
Eye colorBrown
Hair colorBrown
Shoe sizeNot Known
Father nameNot Known
Mother nameNot Known
BrotherNot Known
SisterNot Known
GirlfriendNot Known
Marital statusDivorced
WifePatty Duke (ex-wife divorced on 9 July 1970)
ChildrenSean Astin (American actor)


There is no detailed information available about his profession. He started as a Rock Promoter, Publisher, and Writer in the United States of America.

Controversies/ Legal Issues

In 1994, Sean Astin underwent biological testing to determine his paternity between the three possible men Michael Tell, John Astin, and Desi Arnaz Jr. The result showed Michael Tell as Sean Astin’s biological father. This test was done as Sean was confused about who was his real father.

Favorite Things/ Hobbies

  • There is no information available about his favorite things.
  • His hobby is traveling.

Fact/ Trivia

  • Michael was a fan of rock music since high school days and pursued a career in promotion because he wasn’t good enough to become a singer.
  • He is an animal lover.
  • He is famously known as the ex-husband of Late American Actress Patty Duke.
Michael Tell with ex-wife Patty Duke
Michael Tell with ex-wife Patty Duke
  • Michael Tell son Sean Astin is a Producer, American Actor, and Director, who married Christine Harrell on 11th July 1992 and has 3 children.
  • He is the grandfather of Alexandra, Elizabeth Louise, and Isabella Louise Astin.
  • His former wife Patty is the grandmother of Actress Ali Astin.
  • Michael never remarried again and carries on with his life as a divorced man.
  • He kept his lifestyle entirely out of media and hasn’t been active on social media.
  • Patty Duke died on 29th March 2016 of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69, before she battled bipolar disorder in 1982.
  • Michaels ex-wife married four times Harry Falk (1965 – 1969), Michael Tell (1970-1970), John Astin (1972-1985), and Michael Pearce (1986 – 2016).
  • There are other celebrities sharing the same name as Michael Steele, Michael Tellinger, Michael Teller, and Michael Tello.