Astor was a member of the prominent Astor family, and had served as lieutenant colonel in the 1898 Spanish-American War.
In April 1912, 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 Molly 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 Jack looked rich, Astor asked him if he belonged to the Boston Dawsons. Jack politely replied "No, the Chippewa Falls Dawsons, actually".
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.
On the night of 14 April the Titanic struck an iceberg and began to sink, and the crew made to evacuate the ship. During the sinking Astor let his wife go in Lifeboat 6 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 broke, flooding the entire room. Later, he is seen in the Dream Scene and is one of the closest to Rose.
Behind the scenesEdit
He was portrayed by Eric Braeden, who was cast in the role for his strong resemblance to Astor.
Astor's death is inaccurate. He was on deck as the ship sank, as his body was later recovered.