Posted By Clay Morgan 1 comment. Ted Cassidy played Lurch. His subsequent groans and sighs worked to great effect also. A quick image search on Cassidy reveals him to be a man of many faces. He played a range of characters, including a gun-slinging cowboy as well as a Native American. And like any other character actor of the past half century, Cassidy of course played roles on Star Trek. Every once in a while the show creators would use a different hand on screen at the same time as Lurch just to keep viewers guessing. Lurch was one of the 14 cameos Batman and Robin ran into during their famous wall climbing scenes on the original TV series. ABC managed to get a crossover for its two campiest shows and set up the gag with a familiar theme playing on the harpsichord. Interesting to see an original Addams Family character in color.
But you might be surprised by some of the other famous roles featuring Cassidy’s famous voice.
Born Theodore Crawford Cassidy, he was raised in Philippi, West Virginia, graduating from Philippi High School where he played the center position on the basketball team and defensive tackle on the football team.. At 6 feet 9 inches tall, he was an imposing figure in both venues and was the tallest player in the school conference. After high school, he attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, in Buckhannon, West Virginia, and later attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he also played basketball for the Hatters, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds in his three seasons as a player to After graduating with a degree in speech and drama, he moved to Dallas, Texas in and his acting career took off when he worked as a mid-day disc jockey on WFAA-AM in Dallas. Kennedy was assassinated, and was among the first to interview two of the eyewitnesses, W. Newman, Jr. An accomplished musician, he moonlighted at Luby's Cafeteria in the Lochwood, Dallas, Texas shopping center, playing the organ to entertain patrons. His height gave him an advantage in auditioning for unusual character roles. In The Addams Family," he originally ad-libbed the line, "You rang?
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He was a well respected actor who portrayed many different characters during his film and television career. His most notable role was Lurch, the faithful butler on the television series The Addams Family His most memorable dialogue as Lurch would be, "You rang? Due to his large size, 6ft. His deep voice, was used for narrations and for dubbing certain character's voices. His acting career spanned three decades. Ted Cassidy died in from complications following open-heart surgery. His live-in girlfriend had his remains cremated, then buried in the backyard of their Woodland Hills home. In his youth, Cassidy was academically gifted, beginning high school at an early age, and he was also on the basketball and football teams.
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