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    • 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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