The actor, 59, played son Pugsley on the memorable mid-'60s sitcom

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 08, 2014 11:00 PM
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Ken Weatherwax, who played the mischievous and slightly deviant Pugsley on TV’s The Addams Family in the mid-’60s, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at his home in Southern California, his nephew told the Los Angeles Times.

“The family is devastated,” said the relative, Beau Vieira.

The young Weatherwax, a native of Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter, started his career on toothpaste commercials.

Showbiz ran in the family: His aunt was the 1930s Warner Bros. dancing star Ruby Keeler (42nd Street) and his uncle was Lassie’s trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, said the trade journal.

Besides acting on The Addams Family, which was based on the merrily macabre New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams and ran on ABC for two seasons beginning in 1964 – Carolyn Jones and John Astin starred as Pugsley’s parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams – Weatherwax served in the Army and worked for Universal Studios as a grip, said his niece, Shanyn Vieira.

In a 2007 interview on Fox News, Weatherwax spoke well of his time on the show, but said the role typecast him and in school he was teased about his character’s name.

In addition to his niece and nephew, Weatherwax is survived by a brother, character actor Joseph D. Vieira.