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Ted Cassidy (1932–1979)


Ted Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Philippi, West Virginia. 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 (1964). His most memorable dialogue as Lurch would be, "... See full bio »

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 1982 Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (TV Movie)
Thun (voice, as David Opatoshu)
 1977-1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (TV Series)
- Lights, Camera, Cavey! (1980) ... (voice)
- The Old Caveman and the Sea (1980) ... (voice)
- The Legend of Devil's Run (1980) ... (voice)
- The Haunting of Hog's Hollow (1980) ... (voice)
 1979 The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (TV Movie)
Frankenstone (voice)
 1978-1979 Godzilla (TV Series)
Godzilla
- The Deadly Asteroid (1979) ... Godzilla (voice)
- Island of Doom (1979) ... Godzilla (voice)
- Valley of the Giants (1979) ... Godzilla (voice)
- The Macro-Beasts (1979) ... Godzilla (voice)
- The Golden Guardians (1979) ... Godzilla (voice)
 1976-1979 Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (TV Series)
Phobeg
- Tarzan and the White Elephant (1979) ... (voice)
- Tarzan and the Huntress (1979) ... (voice)
- Tarzan and the Future King (1979) ... (voice)
- Tarzan and the Soul Stealer (1979) ... (voice)
- Tarzan and the Drought (1979) ... (voice)
 1978 Jana of the Jungle (TV Series)
Montaro
- Race for Life (1978) ... Montaro (voice)
- Suspicion (1978) ... Montaro (voice)
- Countdown (1978) ... Montaro (voice)
- The Sting of the Tarantula (1978) ... Montaro (voice)
- Dangerous Cargo (1978) ... Montaro (voice)
 1978 Yogi's Space Race (TV Series) (1978)
- The Borealis Triangle (1978) ... (1978) (voice)
- Race Through Oz (1978) ... (1978) (voice)
- The Mizar Marathon (1978) ... (1978) (voice)
- The Spartikan Spectacular (1978) ... (1978) (voice)
- The Pongo Planet (1978) ... (1978) (voice)
 1978 Goin' Coconuts
Mickey
 1978 Dr. Strange (TV Movie)
Demon Balzaroth (voice, uncredited)
 1978 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Bruno
- Help Wanted (1978) ... Bruno
 1978 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
Canja
- Scavenger Hunt (1978) ... Canja
 1978 Sugar Time! (TV Series)
 1978 The Flintstones Little Big League (TV Movie)
Police Officer (voice)
 1978 Cowboysan (Short)
Baddie
 1977 Halloween with the New Addams Family (TV Movie)
Lurch (as Itself)
 1976-1977 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Bigfoot
- Bigfoot V (1977) ... Bigfoot
 1977 Space Sentinels (TV Series)
Agent Kronos
- The Time Traveler (1977) ... Agent Kronos (voice, uncredited)
 1977 Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (TV Movie)
Jake Tuttle
 1975 Poor Pretty Eddie
Keno
 1974 Thunder County
Cabrini
 1974 Planet Earth (TV Movie)
Isiah
 1973 The Slams
Glover
 1973 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Lurch
- Boola Boola (1973) ... Lurch
- Left in the Lurch (1973) ... Lurch
 1973 The Harrad Experiment
Diner Patron (uncredited)
 1973 Genesis II (TV Movie)
Isiah
 1973 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Mountain Man Pete
- Mystery of the Yellow Rose (1973) ... Mountain Man Pete
 1973 Banacek (TV Series)
Jerry Crawford
- Ten Thousand Dollars a Page (1973) ... Jerry Crawford
 1972 Charcoal Black
Striker
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Wrestler
- Who'll Cry for My Baby (1972) ... Wrestler
 1972 The Limit
Big Donnie
 1972 The New Scooby-Doo Movies (TV Series)
Lurch
- Wednesday Is Missing (1972) ... Lurch (voice)
 1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Garth
- Decision at Los Robles (1970) ... Garth
 1969 Blaze Glory (Short)
Voices (voice)
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
Hachita
 1968-1969 The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (TV Series)
Injun Joe / Xaon, the All-Powerful Khan / Elephant Rider / ...
- The Conquistador Curse (1969) ... Injun Joe (voice)
- Strange Experiment (1969) ... Injun Joe (voice)
- Prophecy of Peril (1969) ... Injun Joe / Xaon, the All-Powerful Khan / Elephant Rider (voice)
- Son of the Sun (1969) ... Injun Joe (voice)
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Felipe Montoya
- To Kill a Writer (1968) ... Felipe Montoya
 1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Sampson
- Jungle Ransom (1968) ... Sampson
 1968 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Hamid / Habib
 1968 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Gentle Sam
- The Scrimshaw Ivory Chart (1968) ... Gentle Sam
 1967 Fantastic 4 (TV Series)
Galactus
- Galactus (1967) ... Galactus (voice, uncredited)
 1967 Insight (TV Series)
 1967 Birdman (TV Series)
Meteor Man (voice, uncredited)
 1967 Super President (TV Series)
Spy Shadow (voice)
 1967 The Herculoids (TV Series)
Igoo (1967-1969) (voice, uncredited)
 1967 Mr. Terrific (TV Series)
Bojo
- Stanley Joins the Circus (1967) ... Bojo
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Mr. Ted
- The Dahlia Feud (1967) ... Mr. Ted
 1967 Laredo (TV Series)
Monte
- The Small Chance Ghost (1967) ... Monte
 1967 Jack and the Beanstalk (TV Movie)
The Giant
 1967 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
Maxie
- Portrait of Krump (1967) ... Maxie
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Edgar
- The Napoleon's Tomb Affair (1967) ... Edgar
 1966-1967 Star Trek (TV Series)
Gorn / Balok's Puppet / Ruk
- Arena (1967) ... Gorn (voice, uncredited)
- The Corbomite Maneuver (1966) ... Balok's Puppet (voice, uncredited)
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Lurch
- The Penguin's Nest (1966) ... Lurch (uncredited)
 1966 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Slave
- The Thief from Outer Space (1966) ... Slave
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Tullio
- The Montori Device Affair (1966) ... Tullio
 1966 Space Ghost (TV Series)
Metallus
 1964-1966 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Lurch / Thing
- Ophelia's Career (1966) ... Lurch / Thing
- The Addams Policy (1966) ... Lurch / Thing
- Cat Addams (1966) ... Lurch / Thing
 1959 The Angry Red Planet
Martian (voice, uncredited)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Other Works:

Recorded a single in the mid-1960s called "The Lurch." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ted 'Lurch' Cassidy | Itself | David Opatoshu

Height:

6' 9" (2.06 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"If I'm up for a part if, I'm asked to play something, I really worry what I'm going to be because they always make fellows like me the big dumb galoot, the oaf who doesn't know anything, who trips over himself. We are apparently idiots, all big men. You end up never leading anybody to anything. You end up holding people, while the boss hits them in the face -- scratching your head a lot ... See more »

Trivia:

Worked as a staff announcer for WFAA radio in Dallas prior to his acting career and was part of WFAA's ongoing coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Among the first to interview assassination eyewitnesses W.E. Newman Jr. and Gayle Newman. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and slender frame See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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