Happy birthday to the late Ted Cassidy (would have been 86) and happy belated 70th birthday to Carel Struycken, both best known for their portrayals of Lurch in both the Addams Family tv show and film series respectively. Their massive frames/heights and deep voices have led to both of them playing a series of imposing, offbeat characters over the years (both have played characters on Star Trek and Struycken playing one of the human-like vessels in Men in Black) and both have done marvelous works as a result. As a voice actor, Cassidy provided the voice of The Thing in the '60s Fantastic Four cartoon by Hanna Barbara, Moltar from Space Ghost (also Hanna Barbera) and the growls for Hulk and opening narration for The Incredible Hulk TV show. Very talented man and today he would have been 85. #tedcassidy#greatactors#voiceactors#culticons#idreamofjeannie#startrektheoriginalseries#fantasticfour#spaceghost#butchcassidyandthesundancekid#theincrediblehulk#theaddmasfamilymovies#meninblack
Tal día como hoy en 1932, nace el actor estadounidense Ted Cassidy. Conocido como "Lurch", el mayordomo de "The Addams family", durante algún tiempo es cantante de jazz, después opta por convertirse en locutor comercial. Muere el 16 de enero de 1979... 🎭📺🎥🎞🎬🇺🇸 #TedCassidy#ShowtimeRadio
Actor and Voice Artist Ted Cassidy.
Theodore Crawford Cassidy (July 31, 1932 – January 16, 1979) was an American actor of radio, television and film and voice artist. Noted for his tall stature at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and his deep bass voice, he tended to play unusual characters in offbeat or science-fiction series such as Star Trek and I Dream of Jeannie, and is best known for the role of Lurch on The Addams Family in the mid-1960s. He is also known for narrating The Incredible Hulk TV series. Cassidy's notable height gave him an advantage in auditioning for unusual character roles. His most famous role was Lurch on The Addams Family (in which he feigned playing the harpsichord). He also played the character named Thing (associate producer Jack Voglin would take over the "Thing" role in scenes with both characters). Though the character of Lurch was intended to be mute, Cassidy ad-libbed his signature line, "You rang?". The subtle humor and the deepness of his voice was immediately a hit. Thereafter, it was a recurring phrase written into the script. Cassidy would reprise the role of Lurch in later appearances. In the Batman episode "The Penguin's Nest" (1966), he appears during Batman and Robin's familiar climb scene up the side of a building, as a tenant who is playing the harpsichord prior to sticking his head out of the window and speaking to Batman and Robin. He also voiced this character in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972), which featured the family, as well as in the 1973 animated series adaptation of The Addams Family. Cassidy underwent surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles to have a non-malignant tumor removed from his heart. While recovering at home, complications arose several days later and he was readmitted. On January 16, 1979, Cassidy died at age 46 at St. Vincent Medical Center. #tedcassidy#actor#voiceartist#voiceover#television#theaddamsfamily#lurch#thing#gomez#morticia#unclefester#wednesdayaddams#pugsly#charlesaddams#creepy#kookie#alltogetherspooky#spooky#vicmizzy#themesong
Remembering #TedCassidy on his birthday. He passed away in 1979 at 46, due to complications from open heart surgery. He's best known for his iconic role as Lurch in the original #AddamsFamily series and for three separate guest appearances on #StarTrek .
Remembering birthday boy Allyn Joslyn (July 21, 1901 – January 21, 1981), pictured as Sam L. Hilliard in 'The Addams Family' television series (1964 -1966). A minor recurring character, Sam L. Hilliard encounters the Addamses in the very first episode of the sixties series when he is sent to investigate the reason for Wednesday and Pugsley not attending school. He remains terrified of the family in all subsequent meetings, but they are enthusiastic about him, even theorizing that the middle initial "L" in his name might stand for "Lucifer".