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2022-03-30 7:31:36 AM  
I hope he's feeling much better now.
 
2022-03-30 8:29:48 AM  
Never occurred to me that he could be Sean Austin's father.

Know him best from watching Mr. Boogedy as a kid.
 
2022-03-30 8:41:33 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: Never occurred to me that he could be Sean Austin's father.


I didn't know that Sean Astin's mom was Patty Duke.
 
2022-03-30 10:30:53 AM  
I had no clue he was still alive, but that's pretty cool.
 
2022-03-30 10:31:05 AM  
The Addams Family > The Munsters
 
2022-03-30 10:57:44 AM  

The_Sponge: The Addams Family > The Munsters


It's not even close.
 
2022-03-30 11:12:12 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: capt.snicklefritz: Never occurred to me that he could be Sean Austin's father.

I didn't know that Sean Astin's mom was Patty Duke.


This and this.
 
2022-03-30 11:15:10 AM  
I also didn't know he was still alive. I hope he's doing well and has a very happy birthday today.
 
2022-03-30 11:15:58 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: Never occurred to me that he could be Sean Austin's father.


never occurred to John either.
 
2022-03-30 11:21:42 AM  
You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.
 
2022-03-30 11:27:32 AM  

Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.


That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.
 
2022-03-30 11:33:21 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.

That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.


Interesting! Had no idea as to that either.
 
2022-03-30 11:46:27 AM  
Except for the kids I believe he's the only surviving regular cast member.
And not really sure the kids are still alive.
Don't feel like going and looking.
 
2022-03-30 11:55:44 AM  

Fart And Smunny: Rev. Skarekroe: Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.

That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.

Interesting! Had no idea as to that either.


And for a long time he thought Desi Arnaz, Jr. was his biological father because momma Patty told him he was.
 
2022-03-30 12:03:25 PM  

Trik: Except for the kids I believe he's the only surviving regular cast member.
And not really sure the kids are still alive.
Don't feel like going and looking.


At least Lisa Loring (Wednesday) is still alive. And not doing too badly from the sound of things. Probably glad to have divorced pr0n actor Jerry Butler when she did, though.

\ always loved seeing Gomez and Morticia together, especially when she'd speak french ...
 
2022-03-30 12:07:36 PM  

The_Sponge: The Addams Family > The Munsters


Agreed. I personally use Addams vs. Munsters as a litmus test. Munsters fans just aren't hip enough to waste your time on.

The Addams were the proto-hipsters. Not only were they hip to the latest dance moves,
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Gomez was into yoga before it was cool.
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Morticia has her own knitting tutorial YouTube page.
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Morticia is also super into protecting endangered species and preserving the historic house they live in,
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as well as the swamp wetlands on their property.
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Uncle Fester has been into renewable energy since forever.
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GrandMama Addams is a wiccan who insists on serving her family nothing but organic food she forages herself.  She has a strong Progressive bloodline, her great-great-great-grandma "Slice" sharpened guillotines in the late 1700s as 'the belle of the French Revolution'.
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They hire the differently-abled and treat them like one of the family.
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And, of course, Cousin It is the Godfather of all Bearded Hipsters.
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But as the patriarch, Gomez is the hub of the Addams Family. My favorite gag of his was so subtle I never noticed it as a kid, even though the Addams family was a staple of UHF in the '80's. When I rewatched it a decade ago I was sensitized to the oddity of watching an actor smoke cigars in a family sit-com, and I finally noticed that John Astin had created a beautiful little quirk that identifies Gomez as both carelessly wealthy and oblivious in one fell swoop. I can't find a GIF for it, but the gag plays thusly:
Gomez is smoking a cigar, but when he gets distracted and needs to talk and use both hands, instead of using an ashtray, or even just flicking it away, Gomez casually tucks the lit cigar back into his suit's pocket, and carries on as if he doesn't feel the live coal. I like to think it's because John Astin had acquired control over his pain sensors through yoga, but really it's because the prop guy had lined his pocket with asbestos.
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The fact that John Astin is still alive is amazing, considering his job included simultaneous cigar smoking and asbestos exposure. They should preserve his DNA for study. He may actually be genetically part Addams.
Hats off to John Astin on his 92nd birthday!
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And Many More!
 
2022-03-30 12:08:30 PM  
Watch it ever night on METV.
The writing is so funny
The music is excellent, each character has their own music. His is my favorite.
Carolyn Jones is beautiful
Cadamia I spoke French !!
They are a sexy and fun couple all that went over my head as a kid.
 
2022-03-30 12:08:50 PM  

Philimus: Trik: Except for the kids I believe he's the only surviving regular cast member.
And not really sure the kids are still alive.
Don't feel like going and looking.

At least Lisa Loring (Wednesday) is still alive. And not doing too badly from the sound of things. Probably glad to have divorced pr0n actor Jerry Butler when she did, though.

\ always loved seeing Gomez and Morticia together, especially when she'd speak french ...


I broke down and went to the IMDb and looked them up.
The guy who played Pugsley, Ken Weatherwax, died in 2014 of a heart attack. He was 59.
 
2022-03-30 12:10:16 PM  
Add a "y" up there
 
2022-03-30 12:23:06 PM  
Happy birthday to Harry Dickens!
 
2022-03-30 12:23:40 PM  

mikey15: Add a "y" up there


And change it to Cara Mia with a rolled R.
 
2022-03-30 12:32:11 PM  

dionysusaur: mikey15: Add a "y" up there

And change it to Cara Mia with a rolled R.


YOU SPOKE FRENCH ! Mwah !
 
2022-03-30 12:39:42 PM  

mikey15: dionysusaur: mikey15: Add a "y" up there

And change it to Cara Mia with a rolled R.

YOU SPOKE FRENCH ! Mwah !


Spanish, but go nuts!
 
2022-03-30 1:04:32 PM  

dionysusaur: I hope he's feeling much better now.


Very nice!
 
2022-03-30 1:05:23 PM  
Let's not forget he was also the Riddler....

/only for 2 episodes, but still fun to watch...
 
2022-03-30 1:11:13 PM  
Wow! I had no idea he was still alive!
 
2022-03-30 1:14:08 PM  

NeoCortex42: The_Sponge: The Addams Family > The Munsters

It's not even close.


Still, would have loved to see a crossover episode...
 
2022-03-30 1:41:16 PM  
this was the set IRL to get the B&W tones correct -

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2022-03-30 2:12:45 PM  
Best Gomez Addams EVAR. That man was a Romantic
 
2022-03-30 2:40:51 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.

That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.


Legally John is Sean's father as John adopted Sean after marrying Patty Duke.
 
2022-03-30 2:42:25 PM  

elvisaintdead: this was the set IRL to get the B&W tones correct -

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You cannot fool me.  Everyone knows that the Addams Family Mansion is in black-and-white.  The color was added later.
 
2022-03-30 2:44:34 PM  
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2022-03-30 2:48:42 PM  
He helped anchor Brisco County Jr in it's Wild, Wild West gadgety heritage.
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A natural born mad scientist.
 
2022-03-30 2:56:39 PM  
He was on four episodes of Murder, She Wrote.  He even played the same character in three of them.
 
2022-03-30 4:02:33 PM  

Dimensio: elvisaintdead: this was the set IRL to get the B&W tones correct -

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You cannot fool me.  Everyone knows that the Addams Family Mansion is in black-and-white.  The color was added later.


Had to be only black and white, everyone knows the world did not have color until the 70's when color tvs started to become popular and life started to imitate art.
 
2022-03-30 4:04:27 PM  
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A fun early movie of his.
 
2022-03-30 4:41:01 PM  

LazyPredator: Dimensio: elvisaintdead: this was the set IRL to get the B&W tones correct -

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You cannot fool me.  Everyone knows that the Addams Family Mansion is in black-and-white.  The color was added later.

Had to be only black and white, everyone knows the world did not have color until the 70's when color tvs started to become popular and life started to imitate art.


Someone colorized an episode. It doesn't suck, but it lacks the film noir flavor of B&W.
The Addams Family Opening COLORIZED
Youtube pbPsQze9D54
 
2022-03-30 5:13:29 PM  

Psychopompous: The_Sponge: The Addams Family > The Munsters

Agreed. I personally use Addams vs. Munsters as a litmus test. Munsters fans just aren't hip enough to waste your time on.

The Addams were the proto-hipsters. Not only were they hip to the latest dance moves,
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[c.tenor.com image 640x468]
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Gomez was into yoga before it was cool.
[Fark user image image 843x629] Morticia has her own knitting tutorial YouTube page.
[Fark user image image 531x398]
Morticia is also super into protecting endangered species and preserving the historic house they live in,
[Fark user image image 448x332]
as well as the swamp wetlands on their property.
[Fark user image image 500x375]
Uncle Fester has been into renewable energy since forever.
[Fark user image image 498x330]
GrandMama Addams is a wiccan who insists on serving her family nothing but organic food she forages herself.  She has a strong Progressive bloodline, her great-great-great-grandma "Slice" sharpened guillotines in the late 1700s as 'the belle of the French Revolution'.
[Fark user image image 540x486]
They hire the differently-abled and treat them like one of the family.
[Fark user image image 500x375]
[Fark user image image 498x337]
And, of course, Cousin It is the Godfather of all Bearded Hipsters.
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But as the patriarch, Gomez is the hub of the Addams Family. My favorite gag of his was so subtle I never noticed it as a kid, even though the Addams family was a staple of UHF in the '80's. When I rewatched it a decade ago I was sensitized to the oddity of watching an actor smoke cigars in a family sit-com, and I finally noticed that John Astin had created a beautiful little quirk that identifies Gomez as both carelessly wealthy and oblivious in one fell swoop. I can't find a GIF for it, but the gag plays thusly:
Gomez is smoking a cigar, but when he gets distracted and needs to talk and use both hands, instead of using an ashtray, or even just flicking it away, Gomez casually tucks the lit cigar back into his suit's pocket, and carries on as if he doesn't feel the live coal. I like to think it's because John Astin had acquired control over his pain sensors through yoga, but really it's because the prop guy had lined his pocket with asbestos.
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The fact that John Astin is still alive is amazing, considering his job included simultaneous cigar smoking and asbestos exposure. They should preserve his DNA for study. He may actually be genetically part Addams.
Hats off to John Astin on his 92nd birthday!
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And Many More!


The Addams family Ramones dance
Youtube LOb2RascfdM
 
2022-03-30 5:44:12 PM  

LazyPredator: [Fark user image 312x445]
A fun early movie of his.


I love that movie!
Stubby index finger, tapping out your code.
 
2022-03-30 5:55:56 PM  

Dimensio: Rev. Skarekroe: Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.

That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.

Legally John is Sean's father as John adopted Sean after marrying Patty Duke.


According to Sean, he has 4 dads and has a good relationship with all 4. John raised him, for the first 15 years or so he thought Desi Jr. was his bio dad and had a good relationship with him, he found out who his real bio dad was and established a relationship with him, and the man Duke married after she and Astin were divorced also had a good relationship with Sean.

Either Patty Duke had good taste and got into relationships with nice men or Sean is a really nice guy, or both.
 
2022-03-30 6:49:06 PM  

catmandu: Dimensio: Rev. Skarekroe: Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.

That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.

Legally John is Sean's father as John adopted Sean after marrying Patty Duke.

According to Sean, he has 4 dads and has a good relationship with all 4. John raised him, for the first 15 years or so he thought Desi Jr. was his bio dad and had a good relationship with him, he found out who his real bio dad was and established a relationship with him, and the man Duke married after she and Astin were divorced also had a good relationship with Sean.

Either Patty Duke had good taste and got into relationships with nice men or Sean is a really nice guy, or both.


Considering Patty's bipolar disorder required loving, supportive patience, I'd say both.
 
2022-03-30 8:20:44 PM  

dionysusaur: mikey15: dionysusaur: mikey15: Add a "y" up there

And change it to Cara Mia with a rolled R.

YOU SPOKE FRENCH ! Mwah !

Spanish, but go nuts!


Italian.
 
2022-03-30 9:32:41 PM  
Wallflower Pete by John Astin
Youtube BA-RFiDtwXg
 
2022-03-30 9:35:04 PM  
449 Amazing Colossal Podcast John Astin
Youtube FUZECfOfDU4

Also had a great sit down with Gilbert awhile back
 
2022-03-30 10:18:45 PM  
Loved him in this otherwise not good movie:

The Brothers O'Toole | Classic WESTERN Film | Full Length Movie | Free Cowboy Movie | Wild West
Youtube r2S8yYdXqGA
 
2022-03-30 11:08:25 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Fart And Smunny: You can hear the similarities between his voice and Sean Astin's - it shocked me when I was watching Brisco County for the first time after LOTR came out just going "Heyyyyy. Wait a second..."

That's some serious fan favorite pedigree right there.

That would be nurture rather than nature, as John is actually his stepfather.


Nope even better. He adopted Sean. Not step-father. Real father. Just not biological.
 
2022-03-31 12:57:10 AM  

Biledriver: [YouTube video: Wallflower Pete by John Astin]


America's FIRST rapper.
 
2022-03-31 1:56:47 AM  

Philimus: Trik: Except for the kids I believe he's the only surviving regular cast member.
And not really sure the kids are still alive.
Don't feel like going and looking.

At least Lisa Loring (Wednesday) is still alive. And not doing too badly from the sound of things. Probably glad to have divorced pr0n actor Jerry Butler when she did, though.

\ always loved seeing Gomez and Morticia together, especially when she'd speak french ...


I guess it depends on how you see see it.

Loring married her childhood sweetheart Farrell Foumberg in 1973 when she was 15, and had a daughter.[1][2] The marriage ended a year later, in 1974.

She did get her 16 credits in imdb so she has that going for her.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0521006/
 
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