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John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor during the First class dinner scene

John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War and a member of the prominent Astor family.

In April 1912, Astor earned a prominent place in history when he embarked on the ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank four days into its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. Astor perished in the sinking.

RMS TitanicEdit

Astor boarded the RMS Titanic with his second wife Madeleine Talmage Force. Many disapproved of J.J.'s marriage to Madeleine not only because she was 18 and he was a 47 year old man when they wed, but because he had only divorced his first wife, Ava Lowle Willing, two years earlier. When Margaret Brown boarded the RMS Titanic, Astor was in the elevator and they waved at each other. During the dining scene, he was introduced to Jack Dawson. Since he looked rich he asked him "Are you of the Boston Dawsons?" For his reply he got a nod no and a name of a small town. He took a seat next to his wife and later on went to have brandy with the rest of the gentlemen in the smoking room.

During the sinking he let his wife go in Lifeboat 4 and stayed on the ship to look for his dog, then seeing that all hope was lost, he stayed in the flooding Grand Staircase. He held onto a post of the staircase when the Grand Staircase's dome breaks, flooding the entire room.

Behind the scenesEdit

He was portrayed by Eric Braeden. Braeden was cast into the role due to a strong resemblance to the real John Jacob Astor.

Astor's death is inaccuraccte. He was on deck as the ship sank, as his body was later recovered. 

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