Ken Weatherwax, Who Played Pugsley on "Addams Family," Has Died - NBC Chicago

Ken Weatherwax, Who Played Pugsley on "Addams Family," Has Died



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    The cast of the US TV comedy horror series 'The Addams Family', circa 1965. Back row, left to right: Jackie Coogan (1914 - 1984) as Uncle Fester, Blossom Rock (1895 - 1978) as Grandmama Addams, and Ted Cassidy (1932 - 1979) as Lurch. Front row, left to right: Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams, Carolyn Jones (1930 - 1983) as Morticia Addams, John Astin as Gomez Addams, and Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley Addams. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

    Ken Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59.

    Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his Box Canyon, California, home over the weekend, said Joey D. Vieira, his half brother. Weatherwax's body was found on Sunday.

    Pugsley, the son of Gomez and Morticia, was a member of the family of macabre oddballs in the television series, which aired on ABC from 1964 to 1966 with its familiar, finger-snapping theme song.

    He stayed in show business after he grew up, although on the other side of the camera. Weatherwax worked as a grip on the sets of several Hollywood productions, said Vieira, a former actor himself who played the character Porky in the original "Lassie" series.

    Weatherwax retired a few years ago for medical reasons, Vieira said.