Weatherwax as Pugsley Addams, 1964
|Born||Kenneth Patrick Weatherwax
September 29, 1955
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 2014
West Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Kenneth Patrick "Ken" Weatherwax (September 29, 1955 – December 7, 2014) was an American child actor, best known for having played Pugsley Addams on the original The Addams Family black-and-white television series and reprised the role in the television movie Halloween with the New Addams Family.
Weatherwax, who was born in 1955 at Los Angeles, California, played Pugsley Addams on the original The Addams Family television series. After The Addams Family was canceled, Weatherwax found it difficult to get work in Hollywood (a common occurrence for child actors) and was typecast as Pugsley well into his teens. At 17, Weatherwax entered the U.S. Army.
Weatherwax died on December 7, 2014, of a heart attack at his home in West Hills, California, at the age of 59.
His aunt was Ruby Keeler. His brother, Joey D. Vieira, also known as Donald Keeler, played "Porky" on the first three seasons of TV's Lassie, beginning in 1954. Frank and Rudd Weatherwax, Lassie's trainers, and owners of the first dog to play the role, were Ken's uncles.
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