Ken Weatherwax

Best known for his childhood role as the rambunctious son Pugsley on the classic sitcom "The Addams Family" (ABC, 1964-66), Ken Weatherwax already had plenty of exposure to the world of show business when he joined the ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

Child Stars: Then and Now 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known for his childhood role as the rambunctious son Pugsley on the classic sitcom "The Addams Family" (ABC, 1964-66), Ken Weatherwax already had plenty of exposure to the world of show business when he joined the show at age eight. Weatherwax's aunt was the famous dancer Ruby Keeler, and his own father Bill helped run a family business training animals for movies and TV, famously training the numerous dogs that played canine hero "Lassie" (CBS, 1954-1971). Weatherwax made his screen debut in a TV commercial for Gleem toothpaste at age five. After "The Addams Family" was cancelled in 1966, Weatherwax found himself typecast as the bumbling "fat kid," often the butt of on-screen jokes. He withdrew from acting and attended a number of high schools before dropping out at age 17 to serve in the U.S. Army from 1972-74. After his discharge, Weatherwax became a stagehand, building sets and working as a grip at Universal Studios. He quit working in 2002 to care for his mother after she suffered a stroke, leaving Weatherwax in a state of severe depression after she died later that year. Weatherwax found support and solace in religion, however, becoming a very active member of his church. Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his home in West Hills, California on December 7, 2014. He was 59 years old.

Milestones

1963

Was cast on the series "The Addams Family" at age eight.

Bonus Trivia

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Was the nephew of dancer Ruby Keeler.

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Collected $17,000 he had earned during his time on "The Addams Family" after he was discharged from the Army.

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Suffered major depression after his mother's death, considering suicide until he found solace and support in church.

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