If something reminds us of The crazy Addams it is, first of all, the song with its clicks: “The granddaughter, the uncle and the grandmother, the father of high birth, the beautiful mother of a very normal family. If you are going to visit her, don’t expect a party, so they will see this family so normal. What beauty! How sweet! What madness! If they want to have fun, which is not difficult after all, this is the house of this very normal family ”.
Broadcast in black and white on ABC, from 1964 to 1966, the series of The crazy Addams It was a great American comedy: it told the story of a family clan “with macabre interests and supernatural abilities.”
It lasted 64 chapters. It was based on the cartoons that Charles Addams published in the magazine The New Yorker and were later adapted for television by producer David Levy.
The humor of the series, as the specialists explain it, “derived from the culture clash between the Addams and the rest of the world.”
But what happened to the lives of the members of such a family?
The father character, Homer Addams
It was on John Astin’s account.
Not only was Homer madly in love with his refined wife, Morticia, and kissed her arm when she spoke to him in French, but he also liked to torture himself: sometimes he bathed in acid.
At 90, Astin is still active: Even before the pandemic, he taught acting classes at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
His last acting job was in the movie Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses, from 2015, in which he played the character of Professor Peabody.
The mother, Morticia Addams
It was Carolyn Jones. Always dressed in black, she was dedicated to taking care of the two children of the family and, also, she took care of her carnivorous plant, Cleopatra. One of his favorite walks was walking through the cemetery.
Jones died in 1983, at age 53, from colon cancer. After the success of The crazy Addams, his career had declined, although he had some special appearances in other television series, such as Estate, from 1977, and Wonder Woman, 1975.
Neither is she, Merlina
The offspring of the wayward family, Lisa Loring did.
A Merlina, who dressed in black just like his motherHe did not like to play with other boys, although he sometimes did mischief with his brother. She wore a pair of braids and always carried her headless doll named Marie Antoinette in her arms.
Today, Loring is 62 years old. She was married to the porn actor Jerry Butler. And her second husband was actor Doug Stevenson.
Since 2002, he works in public relations for a hotel chain in the United States– Can be seen at conventions, signing autographs and meeting with Addams fans. The pandemic, of course, stopped its business for a while.
The son, Pericles
He was played by Ken Weatherwax.
Pericles he pretended to follow in the footsteps of his elders, especially his Uncle Lucas.
Weatherwax died in 2014, aged 59, of a heart attack. Ken found it very difficult to get a job in Hollywood after his success in The crazy Addams, something quite common among those who stand out as actors when they are young.
At 17 he entered the United States Army. Then, from 1992 to 2002, he got a job as a set designer and as a technician in recording studios.
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It was Jackie Koogan. It could be defined as the rarest of the whole family. One of his favorite hobbies was lighting a lamp with his mouth and putting his head in a press.
He died in 1984, at the age of 69, from heart problems. His acting career had been very prolific. As a child, in the movie The Kid (1921), he had starred alongside Charles Chaplin in one of the most famous scenes in film history.
The Butler of the Addams
Wide was Ted Cassidy.
Very high, Largo was a reference to the Frankenstein monster. Great player of the harpsichord, he hardly spoke. And when he did, his voice was very deep. He was considered part of the family.
He died in 1979, at the age of 46, during a heart operation. He suffered from acromegaly, a disease caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone, or GH, produced by the pituitary gland.
His most famous role outside of The crazy Addams It was the villain Harvey Logan on film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), with Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
The Addams’ grandmother .
A true witch, with her hair standing still, Grandma loved to prepare strange potions and cast spells that always ended in a very bad way. The actress was Margaret Hamilton
Hamilton died in 1985, at the age of 82, in his sleep. He also had a long career in film: in 1939, along with Judy Garland in the film The Wizard of Oz, she had already played the role of the “Wicked Witch of the West”.
A fine, The crazy Addams… Unforgettable characters. So much so that on October 31 of this year the premiere of Crazy Addams 2, a sequel to the animated film that opened in 2019 and grossed $ 203 million at the global box office.