Early this month we lost another former child star and an Army veteran. Ken Weatherwax, better known as Pugsley of the Addams Family, died of a heart attack at the age of 59. Ken was born into a showbiz family on September 29, 1955. His aunt is Ruby Keeler, who was a stage actress, his brother Joey D. Vieira who’s professional name is Donald Keeler, was Porky from Lassie, and his uncle is Rudd Weatherwax, the trainer of Lassie.
Although I was not alive during the original run of the Addams Family, I sure enjoyed watching all the reruns and forever remember the lyrics to the theme song. Who wouldn’t forget the lyrics, right? They are so memorable. “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, the Addams Family, da da da da ‘snap’ ‘snap’, da da da da ‘snap’ ‘snap’………” Although Ken had great success with this show, he had a hard time getting roles after the show. He did make a great career in the entertainment business as a movie studio grip and set builder after serving time in the U.S. Army.
You will be missed Pugsley but will forever live on in reruns of the Addams Family.
Contributed by an MH Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney.
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