Ken Weatherwax

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Ken Weatherwax
Pugsley Addams 1964.jpg
Weatherwax in a 1964 publicity still for The Addams Family
Born Kenneth Patrick Weatherwax
(1955-09-29)September 29, 1955
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died December 7, 2014(2014-12-07) (aged 59)
West Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–1966, 1977

Kenneth Patrick Weatherwax (September 29, 1955 – December 7, 2014) was an American child actor best known for having played Pugsley Addams on The Addams Family.

Biography[edit]

Weatherwax was born in Los Angeles, California, into a show-business family. His aunt was actress and dancer Ruby Keeler, while his half-brother, Joey D. Vieira, played "Porky" on the first three seasons of Lassie under the stage name of Donald Keeler, beginning in 1954. His uncles were Frank and Rudd Weatherwax, Lassie's trainers and owners of the first dog to play the role.[1]

Career[edit]

Weatherwax made his acting debut in the early 1960s when he was nine years old, playing a boy named "Chester" in Gleem toothpaste commercials alongside Alice Pearce.[2] He was then cast as Pugsley Addams on The Addams Family, after successfully auditioning with stars Carolyn Jones and John Astin. The program ran for two seasons from 1964 to 1966, and after its cancellation, Weatherwax lost interest in acting due to his being unable to get work from being typecast as Pugsley. He entered the U.S. Army at seventeen,[3] and at the age of 21, he reprised the role of Pugsley in the 1977 reunion film Halloween with the New Addams Family. He established a career behind the camera as a movie studio grip and set builder, while making occasional appearances at Addams Family-related events with former costar Lisa Loring, who had played Pugsley's younger sister Wednesday Addams on the show.[4]

Death[edit]

Weatherwax died on December 7, 2014, of a heart attack at his home in West Hills, California, at the age of 59.[5] He was interred on October 31, 2017, at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

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