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The Addams Family (tv program)

'The Addams Family' star Ken Weatherwax dead at 59

'The Addams Family' star Ken Weatherwax dead at 59

Ken Weatherwax, who played the original Pugsley Addams on “The Addams Family” television show, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday, according to his nephew, Beau Vieira. He was 59.

Weatherwax died in his home in the West Hills, Vieira said.

“The family is devastated,” he said.

Pugsley, the oldest child of Morticia and Gomez Addams, was always seen wearing a striped shirt and shorts. The show, never a critical success, premiered in 1964 and lasted for two seasons. It had a finger-snapping theme song and presented a comically macabre family.

In addition to the show, Weatherwax acted in several commercials as a youth. After high school Weatherwax served in...