Christopher Hart (actor)

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Christopher Hart (born February 22, 1961) is a Canadian actor and magician, famous for playing Thing, the disembodied hand, in the 1991, 1993, and 1998 movies The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and Addams Family Reunion.

Early life[edit]

Christopher Hart was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to an English mother and Canadian father. He was raised and educated in Catholic schools in Los Angeles.[1]

At the age of eight he became intrigued after discovering a magic book at the local library. It was at this same time that the television series "The Magician" starring Bill Bixby was on the air and further fueled his passion for magic.[citation needed]


At sixteen, after an extensive audition and interview process, Hart was accepted into the Magic Castle's elite junior program. As a teenager, he earned extra money working in a cemetery as a grave digger and was nicknamed Lurch due to his tall, lanky frame. Soon realizing that it was a dead-end job, Hart accepted a position demonstrating tricks at Hollywood Magic, the largest West Coast magic shop.[citation needed]

Working in Hollywood gave Hart the opportunity to meet and perform before the likes of Michael Jackson, Johnny Carson, Muhammad Ali, and Harry Anderson. As Hart's reputation grew he soon came to the attention of David Copperfield for whom Hart first worked as a Magic Roadie. Impressed with Hart's knowledge and expertise in the field of magic, Copperfield continued to use him on several more live and television shows, including the Great Wall of China special.[citation needed]

His sleight-of-hand magic has been featured in national television commercials for McDonald's, Honda and RCA. He has twice been awarded "Stage Magician of the Year" by Hollywood's Magic Castle, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally awarded him the top prize at the Grand Prix Magique held in Monte Carlo.[citation needed]

Hart is currently performing in TV's Magic Stars at the Golden Cabaret at the Horizon Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.[citation needed]

Hart appeared on To Tell the Truth in 2018.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Columbo Goes to the Guillotine Magician at Cemetery Episode: "Columbo Vai para a Guilhotina"
1991 Addams Family Thing
1993 Addams Family Values
1997 Quicksilver Highway Lefty TV movie
1998 One Hand, Left Short
1998 Addams Family Reunion Thing TV movie
1999 Idle Hands The Hand
1999 Angel The Hands Episode: "I Fall to Pieces", (final appearance)


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