|Ted Cassidy as Lurch in The Addams Family|
Actor Ted Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 31, 1932. He played a number of off-beat characters in science-fiction and comedy shows, but he is probably best known for his role as Lurch in The Addams Family television series (1964 -1966).
Apparently, Lurch's signature line, "You rang?", was ad-libbed by Cassidy, but was such a hit that it was thereafter regularly written into the scripts. He suffered from health issues as he grew older, largely due to his unusual size, and died on January 16, 1979, at the age of 46, from complications following open-heart surgery.