Ted Cassidy

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Theodore Crawford "Ted" Cassidy (July 31, 1932 – January 16, 1979) was an American actor. Noted for his tall stature at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m), he tended to play unusual characters in offbeat or science-fiction series such as Star Trek and I Dream of Jeannie. He is perhaps best known for the role of Lurch on The Addams Family.

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Age: 46 (age at death)
Died: 16 January, 1979, Place of Death
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Lurch of The Addam`s Family

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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 wondering where all your marbles went. Well, that kind of thing doesn`t appeal to me at all. I used to think that`s how it was and I would do it, but I won`t do it anymore. I turn down everything that comes along like that. So, the only thing you can rely on are those who have worked with you and know that you are consistent, talented and reliable, and maybe they`re friends of yours and are willing to put you to work so you don`t end up in the welfare line. (from a 1978 interview)

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