Who is Michael Tell? Patty Duke’s Ex-Husband

You must be wondering who is Michael Tell. He is an American writer, publisher, and rock promoter. He gained popularity after getting married to Patty Duke, a well-known author.

She was a deceased American singer and actress and gained recognition after winning an Academy Award. Stay with us if you are interested in knowing more about Michael, the Ex-husband of Duke.

Quick Info

Name Michael Tell
Place of Birth United States
Year of Birth 1940
Age 84
Ethnicity Caucasian
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Profession Publisher, Rock promoter, and Writer
Net Worth Approx $1 Million USD
Height 5 feet 4 inches
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Hobbies Traveling, Animal Lover

Early Life

Michael Tell was born in the United States and is currently 84 years old. He has had a long career in the entertainment industry but kept his personal life private. Information about his family, education, and early life is scarce. So, we will keep updating as soon as we get more insights.

Michael Tell


Lots of fans are curious about what Michael does for a living. But, there is not much info about him online. Still, we do know a few things for sure. Let’s get into it.

First of all, you should know that Michael started his career back in high school. Surprisingly, he did not attend a university or college to improve his education. After graduating from high school, he began working as a rock music promoter.

Here’s something interesting: Michael Tell became pretty successful in the music world. He helped out up-and-coming musicians and organized lots of events, making a big impression on the music scene.

Even though he wasn’t a great singer, he chose to promote music. Finally, Michael decided to call it quits in 2010. After that, he leads a separate life, about which we don’t get any information.

Personal Life

Interestingly, Michael and Patty meet for the first time at a restaurant, where Michael asks her out on a date. Before exchanging vows, the couple dated randomly for almost two years following their initial encounter. Finally, the couple walked down the aisle on 26th June 1970.

Michael Tell bio

Right before the marriage, she discovered that she was pregnant. It is noteworthy that she wanted to give her child a name. However, according to reports, their marriage only lasted 13 days before ending. Then, Patty and Michael decided to part ways on 9th July 1970.

However, the couple didn’t divorce but through mutual understanding, they ended their relationship. Then, the couple had a son named Sean Astin, born on 25th February 1971.

Marriage Date 26 June 1970
Separation Date 6 July 1970
Spouse Patty Duke
Children Sean Astin
Grandchildren Ali Astin, Elizabeth Louise Astin, and Isabella Louise Astin

Wait! Let us tell you something unbelievable.  It was reported that Patty married Tell when she was already involved with two other men, Desi Arnaz Jr. and John Astin. Not only this, but she was also pregnant at the same time.

As a result of these unusual circumstances, Michael and Patty’s marriage was doomed from the start. According to People, Duke reportedly went through a manic period of her untreated bipolar disease during their marriage. Even though it remained undiagnosed until 1982.

Eight months later, Patty Duke gave birth to Astin. The same Sean Astin, actor and director, you know and love today. Unexpectedly, when Sean was born, his mother was involved with multiple men.

She got pregnant with Michael and raised questions about who the father was. Patty initially told Sean that John Astin was his father. Subsequently, she told him that Desi Arnaz Jr. was his genuine father.

Tired of the uncertainty, in 1994, Sean decided to end the conflict permanently, according to Wikipedia. The results of his DNA test revealed that Michael Tell was, in fact, his biological father. Sean explained to Missingmom “If you want to know who I am, John Astin is my father, and Tell is my biological father.” He further stated, “Desi is like my godfather”.

Now the question arises is Michael still alive? Yes, Michael Tell is still alive according to the latest updates on Austinist. Currently, he has been out of the public eye since he separated from Patty Duke. This is the reason why we have fewer images of Michael Tell on the internet.

Michael Tell height

Social Media Presence

Michael is not using any social media platform. This shouldn’t be shocking as he is of an older generation. This may be among the main reasons for our lack of knowledge about him.

Wrap Up

Hence, from all the above we can say that Michael Tell is a writer and Rock promoter. It’s really shocking that he is still not recognized and celebrated for his skills and talent. Moreover,  his current whereabouts and activities remain largely unknown.

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