Charles Addams

Born Jan 7, 1912

Charles "Chaz" Samuel Addams was an American cartoonist known for his particularly darkly humorous and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as the Addams Family, became the basis for two live-action television series, two animated TV series, three motion pictures and a Broadway musical.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on January 7, 1912.


1929 17 Years Old His father encouraged him to draw, and Addams did cartoons for the Westfield High School student literary magazine, Weathervane. He attended Colgate University in 1929 and 1930, and the University of Pennsylvania, where a fine-arts building on campus is named for him, in 1930 and 1931. … Read More


1932 20 Years Old Addams' first drawing, a sketch of a window washer, ran in The New Yorker on February 6, 1932, and his cartoons ran regularly in the magazine from 1938, when he drew the first in the series that came to be called The Addams Family, until his death. … Read More


1942 30 Years Old During World War II, Addams served at the Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York, where he made animated training films for the U.S. Army. In late 1942, he met his first wife, Barbara Jean Day, who purportedly resembled his cartoon character Morticia Addams. … Read More


1954 42 Years Old Addams married his second wife, Barbara Barb (Estelle B. Barb), in 1954. … Read More
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The couple divorced in 1956. … Read More
1957 45 Years Old …  Singer-guitarist Dean Gitter's 1957 recording Ghost Ballads, an album of folk songs with supernatural themes, was packaged with cover art by Addams showing a haunted house. … Read More
1959 47 Years Old Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was a friend of Addams, and owned two pieces of original Addams art. Hitchcock references Addams in his 1959 film, North by Northwest. … Read More
1961 49 Years Old In 1961, Addams received, from the Mystery Writers of America, a Special Edgar Award for his body of work.


1985 73 Years Old In 1985, the Addamses moved to Sagaponack, New York, where they named their estate "The Swamp".
1988 77 Years Old Addams died on September 29, 1988, at the age of 76, at St. Clare's Hospital and Health Center in New York City, having suffered a heart attack while still in his car after parking it.
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