Garry was wrong. It was NOT Fred Guinn. It was Ted Cassidy who played Lurch.

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This is Lurch. He was the butler for the Addams family. Maybe if you ask nice, he will be YOUR butler, too. Do you have high ceilings?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

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33 thoughts on “LURCH”

  1. I was more into the Munsters as the Adams family. I don’t think the BBC had the Addams family on the TV. No. 1 Son is 1 meter 84 (over 6 feet) so I suppose we do have high celings.


    1. The Addams family was based on a series of cartoons originally written for The New Yorker, a rather sophisticated magazine. The show wasn’t remotely sophisticated, but it was funny and had some surprisingly good actors in it. It was on for maybe five, six years? I didn’t watch it all the time, but I caught it now and then. It isn’t on reruns anywhere that I know of, but maybe it’ll pop up somewhere.

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  2. For trivia buffs. Lurch was the actor who played the alien in the Twilight Zone episode “to serve man”
    It’s a cookbook!


      1. Isn’t Fred Guinn the guy who played the Frankenstein character in the comedy series I can’t remember the name of? And the cop in Car 54, Where Are You?


        1. Garry was wrong (Wow, Garry was WRONG!!!!) — Theodore Crawford “Ted” 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 voicing The Hulk.


  3. In the interests of strict accuracy – it’s Fred Gwynne, not Guinn who played Herman Munster!

    …but Ted was one of a kind – Muuuhhhuuhhuuuhhhuuhhhh. 😉

    I loved the Addams family TV show much more than the movies and ‘Tish was always my favourite. (Followed by the Original Fester)

    You must put out a bowl of rose stems with thorns (minus heads) for your guest! 🙂



  4. I loved the Addams Family as a kid. I especially enjoyed Lurch and his harpsichord, Thing, who wouldn’t want a thing to give you a helping hand and of course we kids liked Cousin Itt. It wasn’t that sophisticated but probably more so than The Munsters.

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  5. One of the cool facts from TV history is that the runs of The Addams Family and The Munsters were almost 100% concurrent…. both debuting and getting canceled at the same time. That would make it unlikely that Herman Munster was also moonlighting as Lurch, but both actors were big, hulking men who played monsters on 60’s black and white TV, so it’s easy to get them confused…

    On a related note, I wonder how half of the Car 54 cast wound up in the Munster household….


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