Marie Blake – Grandmama
Grandmama is none other than Marie Blake. Born Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald in 1845, she would adopt the stage name, Marie Blake. In 1937, her first uncredited role was in the film My Dear Miss Aldrich.
Of course, her biggest role would end up being that of Grandmama in The Addams Family. Marie suffered a stroke in 1966, which would prevent her from participating in the Addams Family spin-offs that followed. She would sadly pass away in 1978 at age 82.
Lisa Loring – Wednesday Addams
The now 63-year-old actress Lisa Loring played the role of Wednesday Addams. Following the success of The Addams Family, Loring would appear in some slasher films as well, including Blood Frenzy (1987) and Iced (1988).
Loring became addicted to heroin in 1991 and would complete addiction treatment the following year. She would return to acting in 2011, but has only had some sporadic roles in 2014 and 2015. Today in her early 60s, she’s out of the limelight and we wish her the best.
Ken Weatherwax – Pugsley Addams
Pugsley Addams is nearly invisible, and conforms to some conventional standards of society, like joining the Boy Scouts! Weatherwax helms from an acting family, his aunt being an actress and dancer Ruby Keeler. And his half-brother, Joey Vieira, played “Porky” on the first three seasons of Lassie.
But Ken didn’t do much beyond his Pugsley. Early on, he appeared with Alice Pearce in Gleem toothpaste commercials. But after he became typecast as Pugsley, he decided to depart the acting biz. The only credits he’d return for were the 1973 cartoon and the 1977 television reunion movie. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and afterward found a career as a movie studio grip and set builder. He and Loring would often reunite for conventions and other events, and the two remained lifelong friends until his death in 2014 of a heart attack. He was only 59 years old.
It actually has a full name! Thing T. Thing. Can you believe it? The concept behind this disembodied hand was that this creature was just too horrible-looking to see in person! Christopher Hart would play the role of Thing for feature films
Ted Cassidy and Jack Voglin would share the role for the 1964 series and Steven Fox would play the role for the 1998 series. Thing returned in 2019 animated film of The Addams Family as well as its 2021 sequel.
Felix Silla – Cousin Itt
Cousin Itt is known as a hirsute entirely made up of floor-length hair, almost as weird a concept as Thing! His appearance is often accompanied by a bowler hat and sunglasses to give off the illusion that there is a face underneath all that hair. Felix Silla would play the role of Cousin Itt for the 1964 series followed by several other actors in the spinoffs. However, the distinct voice of Cousin Itt would range over several different voice actors. The most recent depiction of Cousin Itt’s voice is that of Snoop Dogg in the 2019 animated film.
The main actor playing Cousin Itt, Felix, had done some small work in recent years, including lending his voice for The Sims 2 and having played the robot Twiki (voiced by Mel Blanc) in Back Rogers in the 25th Century. He would also play an Ewok in the 1983 Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi. He passed away on April 16, 2021 at the age of 84.
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