contrary to popular belief, is NOT the family pet, but rather a
childhood friend of Gomez, who got his origins in Charles Addams
1954 book entitled "Homebodies". Thing moves back and forth through the mansion via customized boxes which are
found in every room. The disembodied hand is very helpful,
and assists Lurch in caring for the house. Some of Things
responsibilities include: gathering the mail, changing records on
the phonograph, answering the phone, saving various family
members from dangerous or harmful situations, and various other
chores for which the family is very grateful.
To the uninformed stranger, Thing can be rather frightening to see for the first time. His love for practical jokes doesn't help matters either. However, with a little time and a chance to see Thing in action, it seems Everyone falls for our "bodily-challenged" friend.
Things greatest attributes are his loyalty to Gomez and the family, and his ability to act as the voice(?) of reason when it seems there is none.
The Classic TV Series
While not publicized, Ted Cassidy, who also played Lurch actually signed a contract to play Thing. The producers felt his long fingers and dexterity would only enhace the character. While he did indeed do a great job as Thing, it created complications on the set. Cassidy would have to try and squeeze his giant 6 ft. 9 in. frame in many tight palces using sleds and other moving devices to go from place to place. Most of these devices were noisey and hard to edit out of scenes. (If you listen to a few of the shows, you can actually HEAR the dollies and sleds being pulled from place to place).Another problem was Lurch and Thing sometimes needed to be in the same scene together. In those instances ( 9 shows total), Assistant director, Jack Voglin performed the brief role. To read more of Ted Cassidy and see his biography, go to the Lurch Profile page Here at The Lurch Files.
The New Addams Family Series
Steven Fox was born
in Ontario, Canada, but moved to Vancouver when he was
Hart was born in Naniamo, British Columbia, Canada and is
a very well respected magician. In fact, it was his
dexterity, along with his long thin fingers which landed
him teh role of Thing on The Addams Family Movie. Thing
proved so good a part for Christopher, he would reprise,
it not only in the sequel "Addams Family
Values", but in 1998 on the made for video
"Addams Family Reunion".
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