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Wednesday on Netflix: What happened to the ORIGINAL cast of the Addams Family?

Thanks to its iconic theme track and distinctively wacky characters, The Addams Family quickly grew to become family names in the Sixties after the TV sequence premiered on ABC.

The brainchild of New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams, who first launched the characters in the Thirties, the black comedy noticed John Astin as romantic patriarch Gomez, Carolyn Jones as the alluring mother Morticia, Lisa Loring as darkish daughter Wednesday, Ken Weatherwax as their candy son Pugsley and Jackie Coogan as eccentric Uncle Fester.

Despite their creepy mansion and spooky demeanor, viewers could not assist fall in love with the shocking healthful brood as they showcased their optimistic perspective in direction of life.

Classic cast: The first live-action Addams starred John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Lisa Loring as Wednesday, Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley and Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester – pictured in 1965

The family became a modern sensation with 1991's The Addams Family, which featured  a star-packed cast that included Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and a young Christina Ricci as Wednesday

The household grew to become a contemporary sensation with 1991’s The Addams Family, which featured  a star-packed cast that included Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and a younger Christina Ricci as Wednesday

Catherine Zeta-Jones transforms into Morticia Addams in the new Netflix series Wednesday; pictured with (L-R) Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Luis Guzmán (Gomez) and Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley)

Catherine Zeta-Jones transforms into Morticia Addams in the new Netflix sequence Wednesday; pictured with (L-R) Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Luis Guzmán (Gomez) and Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley)

After a two-season run, the present got here to an finish in April 1966. However, the gothic household solely went on to change into extra beloved as the years handed thanks to 1991 movie which starred the likes of Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, and a younger Christina Ricci as Wednesday.

It was adopted by the 1993’s Addams Family Values, whereas 1998’s Addams Family Reunion – a straight-to-video providing – noticed Tim Curry and Darryl Hannah as the morbid mom and father.

Now the iconic household is being launched to a brand new era as Netflix prepares to launch their new remake sequence, Wednesday.

But what about the authentic cast members who helped carry the iconic roles to life? Things performed out in very other ways for the present’s star with some persevering with to work in Hollywood – touchdown notable film and TV present roles.

Meanwhile, others battled addictions, suffered from well being points, and made a transfer into the grownup leisure trade.

Here, FEMAIL takes take a look at what happened to their careers as soon as the present got here to an finish.

Gomez Addams performed by John Astin 

Fans loved John Astin for his portrayal of charming paterfamilias Gomez Addams

The actor continued to work regularly in TV, film and stage - pictured in 2010

Fans beloved John Astin for his portrayal of charming paterfamilias Gomez Addams – pictured proper in 2010

John Astin was born in Baltimore, Maryland and he had studied arithmetic at Washington & Jefferson College earlier than he transferred to Johns Hopkins University to examine drama.

The actor also voiced Gomez in a cartoon series, for which he landed an Emmy nomination - pictured in 1970

The actor additionally voiced Gomez in a cartoon sequence, for which he landed an Emmy nomination – pictured in 1970

After graduating, he started his career on Broadway as an understudy in Major Barbara whereas doing voiceover work for commercials.

However, his massive break got here with a small position in West Side Story in 1961 which led to visitor roles till he landed the half of Gomez in The Addams Family.

When the sequence got here to an finish, he later reprised the position of Gomez in the 1977 made-for-television movie Halloween with the New Addams Family and voiced the position of Gomez in the animated sequence The Addams Family from 1992 to 1993.

In the Canadian-American tv sequence The New Addams Family, which ran from 1998 to 1999, Astin appeared as Grandpapa Addams, with the position of Gomez performed by Glenn Taranto.

Indeed, Astin saved himself busy with a slew of visitor spots on TV exhibits similar to Night Court, Webster and The Facts of Life.

He additionally saved dipping his toe into massive display tasks similar to National Lampoon’s European Vacation and Freaky Friday, whereas he additionally made seems on stage steadily over the years.

During his career, he acquired an Oscar nomination for Prelude, a brief movie which he directed, wrote and produced. He additionally landed an Emmy nomination for the cartoon voice of Gomez. 

Astin starring as Evil Roy Slade in the 1992 made-for-television Western comedy

Astin starring as Evil Roy Slade in the 1992 made-for-television Western comedy

His love life grew to become headline information at the time after he was married to actress Patty Duke from 1973 to 1985.

When that relationship got here to an finish, he discovered love once more with Valeria Ann Sandobal. The pair have been collectively in Baltimore ever since they tied the knot in 1989.

Astin has three sons together with his first spouse Suzanne Hahn. Meanwhile, he shares a organic son with Patty Duke, and he additionally adopted her son from an earlier marriage.

Morticia Adams performed by Carolyn Jones 

Carolyn Jones was the first actress to don the long black wig famously linked with matriarch Morticia Addams - pictured in 1965

She reprised the role of Morticia in the 1977 NBC reunion film, Halloween with the New Addams Family

Carolyn Jones was the first actress to don the lengthy black wig famously linked with matriarch Morticia Addams

The famous scene in which Gomez kisses Morticia's arm has become a staple in future iterations of the show

The well-known scene during which Gomez kisses Morticia’s arm has change into a staple in future iterations of the present

Carolyn Jones was born in Amarillo, Texas in April 1930. Due to affected by extreme bronchial asthma, the younger star wasn’t ready to go to the films as typically as she wished which led her to change into obsessive about Hollywood.

Jones was already a recognizable star once she landed the role of Morticia after starring in King Creole alongside Elvis Presley - pictured in 1958

Jones was already a recognizable star as soon as she landed the position of Morticia after starring in King Creole alongside Elvis Presley – pictured in 1958

After she determined to change into an actress, her grandfather paid for her to enroll at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

It proved to be a life-changing alternative as Jones secured a contract with Paramount Pictures after being noticed by a expertise scout at the Playhouse.

She started to make visitor appearances on tv exhibits for the subsequent decade whereas additionally standing out with elements in movies similar to House of Wax, The Seven Year Itch and performing reverse Elvis Presley in King Creole.

She has a number one position in 1956 flick, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and went on to get an Academy Award nomination for her half in The Bachelor Party.

Jones additionally gained a Golden Globe for her half in Marjorie Morningstar, which means she was already a recognizable star as soon as she landed the position of Morticia.

Following the profitable run of The Addams Family, she went again to episodic TV work, showing in notable exhibits similar to the miniseries Roots.

Jones then reprised the position of Morticia in the 1977 NBC reunion movie, Halloween with the New Addams Family.

During her career, Jones was married a complete of 4 instances, together with a short-lived marriage to future uber-producer Aaron Spelling (who famously had a hand in creating hit TV exhibits similar to Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place) from 1953 to 1964. 

Carolyn Jones as Lisa Whittaker in cop show, The Mod Squad - pictured in 1969

Carolyn Jones as Lisa Whittaker in cop present, The Mod Squad – pictured in 1969

While working on CBS daytime soap opera, Capitol, in 1981, the actress was diagnosed with colon cancer - pictured 1970

While working on CBS daytime cleaning soap opera, Capitol, in 1981, the actress was identified with colon most cancers – pictured 1970

She was then married to Tony Award-winning Broadway musical director Herbert Greene from 1968 to 1977. Jones by no means had any kids.

While working on CBS daytime cleaning soap opera, Capitol, in 1981, the actress was identified with colon most cancers. She selected to maintain it a secret and instructed her cast members that she was being handled for abdomen ulcers. 

The most cancers shortly unfold to her liver and her abdomen, however the star powered by means of the ache to movie her scenes – many of which noticed her in a wheelchair.

The actress died on August 3, 1983 at the age of 53 and she donated her Morticia costume and wig to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - pictured 1965

The actress died on August 3, 1983 at the age of 53 and he or she donated her Morticia costume and wig to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – pictured 1965

In September of the following year, she married her boyfriend of 5 years, actor Peter Bailey-Britton. She wore a lace and ribbon cap to disguise the loss of her hair from chemotherapy. 

In July 1983, she fell right into a coma at her house in West Hollywood, California, the place she died on August 3, 1983 at the age of 53 

Jones donated her Morticia costume and wig to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whereas a set of Addams Family scripts had been donated by Bailey-Britton to UCLA. 

Wednesday Addams performed by Lisa Loring 

Lisa Loring first introduced the world to the creepy-cool Wednesday Addams, who fast became a fan-favorite

Lisa was already a child star after she began acting and modelling aged three

Lisa Loring first launched the world to the creepy-cool Wednesday Addams, who quick grew to become a fan-favorite

Lisa Loring was born in February 1958, in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. The actress started her career aged three as a toddler mannequin earlier than she then ventured into performing.

After making a move into the adult entertainment industry, Loring battled drug addiction but is now sober

After making a transfer into the grownup leisure trade, Loring battled drug habit however is now sober

Her massive break got here in the kind of Wednesday Addams and he or she continued performing after the present got here to an finish.

This included a reunion together with her TV household as Wednesday Sr. in the made-for-TV movie, Halloween with the New Addams Family.

Her personal life quickly began to overshadow her career after she obtained married to her childhood sweetheart, Farrell Foumberg in 1973, aged 16. The couple had a toddler the following year however quickly obtained divorced in the months that adopted.

This led to a turbulent interval for the star who was unable to flip to household for assist. Her mom, who was an alcoholic, developed problems dur to her habit and died in 1974.

Loring made a TV comeback at 22 as the ‘troubled teen’ Cricket Montgomery on As the World Turns from 1980 to 1983, however she was unable to land profitable roles in the years that adopted.

After her second marriage to Doug Stevenson failed and he or she continued to be sad with the course her career was taking, she made a transfer into the grownup leisure trade.

During this time, Loring was uncovered to medication which performed a hand in ending her third marriage to Paul Siederman.

When they divorced, the actress was prompted to enter a drug rehab program for heroin abuse after she discovered a pal who had dedicated suicide. 

After that, she continued pursuing a Hollywood career, touchdown a handful of smaller roles.

Loring still takes time to celebrate the show on social media and has attended many fan events over the years

Loring nonetheless takes time to have a good time the present on social media and has attended many fan occasions over the years

Some of Loring’s notable roles embrace Roxey in the 1988 action-drama movie Death Feud and Vera in the 2014 comedy-horror science-fiction film Way Down in Chinatown.

After she obtained clear, Loring additionally obtained a job at an inside design company in Santa Monica. 

The mother-of-two remarried for the fourth time in 2003 to Graham Rich. The marriage led to 2008, however they didn’t finalize the divorce till 2014.

Pugsley Addams performed by Ken Weatherwax    

Ken Weatherwax was already a skilled child star by the time he was hired to play Pugsley Addams

The actor stepped back from acting when the show ended - pictured in 2000

Ken Weatherwax was already a talented little one star by the time he was employed to play Pugsley Addams

He delighted fans by making appearances at Addams Family-related events with former co-stars over the years - pictured with John Astin (Gomez) and Felix Silla (Cousin Itt) in 2006

He delighted followers by making appearances at Addams Family-related occasions with former co-stars over the years – pictured with John Astin (Gomez) and Felix Silla (Cousin Itt) in 2006

Ken Weatherwax was born in Los Angeles, California, right into a show-business household. 

His aunt was actress and dancer Ruby Keeler,  whereas his half-brother, Joey D. Vieira, performed ‘Porky’ on the first three seasons of Lassie beneath the stage title of Donald Keeler. 

His uncles had been Frank and Rudd Weatherwax, Lassie’s trainers and house owners of the first canine to play the position.

Despite initially following becoming a member of the household business, Weatherwax lost curiosity in performing as soon as The Addams Family got here to an finish.

He determined to be a part of the U.S. Army aged 17, and was targeted on that till he agreed to reprise his position as Pugsley aged 21 at the 1977 reunion movie Halloween with the New Addams Family.

Soon he started to set up a career behind the digicam as a film studio grip and set builder.

Meanwhile, he delighted followers by making appearances at Addams Family-related occasions with former costar Lisa Loring.

The two remained lifelong mates till Weatherwax’s dying from a coronary heart assault on December 7, 2014.

Lurch performed by Ted Cassidy 

Ted Cassidy was a fan-favorite as Lurch and only began saying his iconic line, 'you rang' by accident

Cassidy smiles outside the Addams Family set in 1964

Ted Cassidy was a fan-favorite as Lurch and solely started saying his iconic line, ‘you rang’ by chance

Ted Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania however raised in Philippi, West Virginia. In his youth, he was academically gifted and attended third grade at age six.

He additionally had athlete pursuits after becoming a member of the soccer and basketball groups throughout his freshman year of highschool aged 11.

Cassidy discovered regular work in a range of different tv exhibits all through the Sixties and Seventies and even performed Lurch in some of his visitor appearances – pictured 1966

Cassidy performed faculty basketball for the Hatters at Stetson University earlier than graduating with a level in speech and drama.

He married Margaret Helen Jesse in 1956, and so they moved to Dallas, Texas the place he launched his career launched when he labored as a noon DJ on WFAA in Dallas.

During his time, he gave an in-studio report from WFAA radio station on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and was amongst the first to interview eyewitnesses.

He famously performed Lurch on The Addams Family but in addition performed Thing – except the characters had been sharing a scene collectively. 

Though the character of Lurch was initially supposed to be mute, when Cassidy ad-libbed ‘You rang?’ in response to the butler name, and instantly grew to become his signature line.

When the present ended, he went on to play or voice the Lurch in different exhibits similar to Batman, The New Scooby-Doo Movies in addition to the 1973 animated sequence adaptation of The Addams Family.  

Cassidy discovered regular work in a range of different tv exhibits all through the Sixties and Seventies.

He had a outstanding position on NBC’s The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Injun Joe who was the blood-enemy of Tom Sawyer and Huck, in addition to Star Trek: The Original Series and I Dream of Jeannie.

Cassidy shares scene with actor Felix Silla in his role as Cousin Itt

The actor also played Thing - unless the characters were sharing a scene together and someone else took over - pictured in 1965

The actor additionally performed Thing – except the characters had been sharing a scene collectively and another person took over – pictured with Felix Silla as Thing in 1965

In 1979, Cassidy underwent surgical procedure at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles to have a benign tumor faraway from his coronary heart. 

The tumor had fashioned because of this of the long-term results of the situation acromegaly. It was reportedly accountable for his deep voice, facial structure, and performed an element in his top. 

However, problems arose a number of days later whereas he was recuperating at house. He died in hospital on January 16, 1979, at age of 46. 

Uncle Fester performed by Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan was famously one of the most impactful child stars in Hollywood history, long before playing Uncle Fester - pictured in 1964

Coogan starring in Whatever Happened to Keith Partridge? - pictured in 2008

Jackie Coogan was famously one of the most impactful little one stars in Hollywood historical past, lengthy earlier than taking part in Uncle Fester – pictured in 1964

Jackie Coogan was famously one of the most impactful little one stars in Hollywood historical past. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1914, to an performing household as his father John Henry Coogan Jr. was already working in the trade.

The actor began his career by working alongside Charlie Chaplin

The actor started his career by working alongside Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin found him in the Orpheum Theatre, a vaudeville home in Los Angeles, and cast him in a small position in A Day’s Pleasure (1919). 

The following year, Chaplin cast Coogan as the deserted little one raised by his Tramp character in the silent comedy-drama The Kid (1921). His efficiency as a sad-eyed avenue urchin melted the hearts of silent-film audiences and helped make him Hollywood’s first main little one star.

By 1922, Coogan was cast in the iconic title position in Oliver Twist, directed by Frank Lloyd.

However, issues weren’t going as nicely behind-the-scenes because it was later revealed that Coogan’s mom and stepfather had squandered a big half of his estimated $3 to $4 million ($44 to $65 million in 2022 {dollars}) fortune.

Coogan’s father had died earlier than he turned 21 and found the reality, and the livid actor sued his mom – finally solely ever receiving $250,000 of his remaining earnings.  

The authorized battle targeted consideration on little one actors and resulted in the 1939 enactment of the California Child Actor’s Bill, typically referred to as the ‘Coogan Act’ or the ‘Coogan Law’. 

It required {that a} little one actor’s employer put aside 15% of the earnings in a belief (referred to as a Coogan account) and specified the actor’s education, work hours and day without work.

Coogan enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and shortly made a switch to Army Air Forces the place he participated in a number of high-risk flights with British and U.S. troops. 

The actor died in 1984 at the age of 69 after having a long history of heart trouble and hypertension - pictured in 1965

 The actor died in 1984 at the age of 69 after having a protracted historical past of coronary heart bother and hypertension – pictured in 1965

When he returned to the States, he started performing once more which quickly led to the position of Uncle Fester.

After the present ended, he continued to work often with appearances on the Perry Mason sequence, The Brady Bunch and I Dream of Jeannie.   

He additionally labored on The Partridge Family, The Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O and McMillan and Wife, till his retirement in the center Seventies.

Coogan was married 4 instances and had 4 kids. He finally died on March 1, 1984 at the age of 69 after having a protracted historical past of coronary heart bother and hypertension. 

At Coogan’s request, his funeral was open to the public and was attended by a number of followers and his co-star John Astin delivered the eulogy.  

Grandmama performed by Blossom Rock 

Blossom Rock had been acting under the name Marie Blake but switched back to her actual name by the time she played Grandmama on The Addams Family - pictured in 1964

Blossom Rock had been performing beneath the title Marie Blake however switched again to her precise title by the time she performed Grandmama on The Addams Family – pictured in 1964

Blossom Rock was born in August 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a toddler, Rock first carried out in vaudeville together with her youthful sister, Jeanette. 

She selected to undertake the title Marie Blake when she launched her movie career, starting as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract participant in 1937 with an uncredited look in My Dear Miss Aldrich. 

Her first credited main half was Love Finds Andy Hardy in 1938, and he or she then performed a notable onscreen position as Sally, the hospital switchboard operator, in MGM’s in style Dr. Kildare sequence from 1938 to 1942. 

Rock returned to utilizing her actual title in the Nineteen Fifties earlier than she went on to change into a family title by taking part in Grandmama on The Addams Family.

The actress suffered a stroke in December 1967 that affected her speech and prevented her from reuniting with fellow castmates for the Halloween with the New Addams Family TV movie. 

However, she watched on in assist from the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.

Rock died at age 82 on January 14, 1978, in Los Angeles, California.

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