American cartoonist (1912-1988). Famous for his morbid cartoons, which gave birth to the "Addams Family" television series and movies. Had a normal childhood in Westfield, New Jersey, where he enjoyed drawing pictures of knights and playing in an old Victorian house that would someday become the model for the Addams Family's ramshackle home.

After dropping out of college and art school, Addams worked as one of the regular cartoonists for the New Yorker, where he was paid just $35 per cartoon. His cartoons were both sophisticated and macabre, while still funny enough to earn laughs for everything from urban oddities to Victorian grotesqueries. His first of the so-called "Addams Family" cartoons featured Morticia and Lurch, although Addams didn't give any of his characters names until his work was optioned for the TV show.

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