Ted Cassidy

Ted Cassidy


7/31/1932, Pittsburgh, PA



Birth Name

Theodore Crawford Cassidy


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Ted Cassidy was born on July 31st 1932. He was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA. His birthname was Theodore Crawford Cassidy. By the time he was in the third grade he was 6 years old. By the time he was 11 he was in the freshmen class at…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ted's final work, a voice-over for the animated TV-movie "Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure Of All," was not shown until 3 years after his death.

    • Ted co-starred with Donny and Marie Osmond in Goin' Coconuts (1978).

    • Ted co-starred with James Earl Jones and Peter Ustinov in The Last Remake Of Beau Geste (1977).

    • Ted was the voice of the demon Balzaroth in the 1978 tv movie of the Marvel Comics character "Dr. Strange," though he received no on-screen credit for the part.

    • Ted had two children, his son Sean, born in 1957 and his daughter, Cameron, born in 1960. They are both attorneys.

    • Ted wrote additional dialogue for scenes in Charcoal Black (1972) as well as starring in the film.

    • Ted wrote the screenplay for The Harrad Experiment (1973).

    • Ted's first film role was an off-camera voice-over for a Martian character in The Angry Red Planet (1960).

    • Ted starred as a gang leader trying to reform in The Limit (1972) with co-star Yaphet Kotto, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film.

    • Ted's character "Lurch," in The Addams Family was supposed be silent but after the producers heard his voice the role was turned into a speaking part.

    • Ted was brother-in-law with stage actor Dan Jesse.

    • Ted recorded a record single, "The Lurch," in 1965.

    • Ted's last request was that he be cremated, and buried in his backyard.

    • In addition to being narrator on The Incredible Hulk, Ted also supplied many of the Hulk's roars and growls.

    • While filming the "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" episode of Star Trek playing "Ruk," an android, Ted played a practical joke on a visiting clothing salesman on the set by claiming to be Gene Roddenberry, the series' creator, while dressed in full make-up as "Ruk."

    • Ted's famous line of "You rang?" as Lurch on The Addams Family was ad-libbed by him and worked into the show.

    • Ted played both the roles of Lurch and Thing on The Addams Family, with Thing being credited as "itself". Whenever both characters were on-screen, one of the show's producers would fill in for Ted as Thing. Sometimes he would switch hands to see if people were paying attention.

    • Ted was 6 feet 9 inches tall.

    • Ted had a side job of playing an organ at Luby's Cafeteria in Dallas before starring on The Addams Family.

    • Ted worked for the WFAA radio station in Dallas and was involved in the coverage of President Kennedy's assassination.

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