John Astin is best known as Gomez Addams on the 1960s sitcom The Addams Family.  As the leader of the family, he ran the house, adored his wife Morticia and blew-up toy trains.  For two seasons, this group of eccentrics snapped their fingers and challenged television audiences to watch something more than The Munsters.

Astin has a long string of beloved characters on his resume. He also played the role  of Phyllis Diller‘s brother-in-law on her sitcom,  Harry Stone’s dad on Night Court, and the inventive Professor Quickwire on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.  In the second season of Batman, he played the Riddler.  That was before Frank Gorshin wised up and came back for season three.  He can also bee seen in the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes flicks as Professor Gangreen.

But here in the Comedy Guys office, we remember him best as Evil Roy Slade.

Astin received an Academy Award nomination for the short film Prelude, which he wrote, produced and directed.  We here at hope he will make a sequel and call it Fugue.  (Congratulations to the small minority of you who got that joke.)

Astin once said, “The sooner we learn the greatness of humanity, the better off we will be.”  As we look around the world, we truly see little greatness in humanity….

Currently, John Astin teaches theater at Johns Hopkins University.  He is also known for being Sean Astin‘s dad.

Last October, ABC News chose John Astin as their Person of the Week, just prior to Halloween. Here’s their video coverage of that story.


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