Cecily Adams

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Cecily Adams
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Cecily April Adams

(1958-02-06)February 6, 1958
Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 3, 2004(2004-03-03) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, casting director, acting coach, lyricist
Years active1982–2004
Jim Beaver (m. 1989)
Parent(s)Don Adams
Adelaide Efantis

Cecily April Adams (February 6, 1958 – March 3, 2004) was an American actress, casting director, and lyricist.

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, the daughter of comic actor Don Adams and singer Adelaide Efantis. Her siblings included her brother Sean, and her sisters Carolyn Steele, Christine Adams, Cathy Metchik, Paramount TV executive Stacey Adams and Beige Adams. She attended Beverly Hills High School, where she participated in acting, an activity she continued at the University of California at Irvine.[1]


Adams studied improvisational comedy at the Groundlings and was a member of the Acme Comedy Theater in Los Angeles. She was also an acting coach.[1]

Adams portrayed the recurring character of Ishka (also known as "Moogie"), mother of the Ferengi brothers Rom and Quark, in four of her five appearances in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, replacing Andrea Martin. Adams was in fact nine years younger than Armin Shimerman, who played Quark, despite playing his mother.[2]

She appeared in guest roles on a variety of television series including Just Shoot Me!, Murphy Brown, and Party of Five, and with her father in his television series Check It Out! and television movie Get Smart Again. Adams played a lead role in the 1991 independent feature film Little Secrets.

Adams was also a lyricist, and with her collaborator David Burke wrote pop songs as well as commercial jingles and television theme songs.[citation needed]

Adams worked in casting TV series such as 3rd Rock From the Sun and Eerie, Indiana, and features including American Heart (1992) and Home Room (2002). Until her death, she served as casting director for That '70s Show.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Adams married actor/writer Jim Beaver in 1989; their daughter[1][3] was born in 2001. Adams, though a non-smoker, died of lung cancer on March 3, 2004, at the age of 46, in Los Angeles, California. Her husband's memoir, Life's That Way, details her last few months. She was cremated and her ashes scattered at Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, and at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, California.[3]




Deep Space Nine appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cecily Adams". Variety. March 12, 2004.
  2. ^ DeCandido, Keith (July 11, 2014). "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: 'Ferengi Love Songs'". Tor.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Beaver, Jim, Life's That Way. Putnam/Penguin Publishers, 2009

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