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Lurch is the fictional manservant to The Addams Family created by cartoonist Charles Addams. He is a tall, shambling, lugubrious butler who somewhat resembles Frankenstein's monster (as played by Boris Karloff) and (on the television series) has a deep, resonant voice. Although fully capable of normal speech, Lurch sometimes communicates via simple inarticulate moans, which, much like the dialogue of Cousin Itt, the Addamses have no trouble understanding. The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... Charles Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912 - September 28, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. ... // For other uses see Butler (disambiguation) The butler is a senior servant in a large household. ... Boris Karloff as Frankensteins Monster in Frankenstein (1931) Frankensteins monster (sometimes Frankensteins creature or the Frankenstein monster or even Frankenstein) is a creature first appearing in Mary Shelleys novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. ... Boris Karloff (November 23, 1887 in East Dulwich, London, England – February 2, 1969) was an English actor best known for his roles in horror films. ... Cousin Itt is a member of the fictional Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams. ...


Lurch tries to help around the house like any other butler, though occasionally he botches things up due to his great size and strength. He is very slow-paced and lumbering, and seems to be in a constant state of exasperation with the family. In spite of this, Lurch has an almost uncommon loyalty to the Addams family, beyond that of the common employee/employer relationship and is there at a moment's notice when summoned. The family summons him with an ever-present bell pull (in the form of a hangman's noose). When pulled, it produces a loud gong noise that shakes the house, to which Lurch instantly responds with the line, "You rang?" When the bell is rung, Lurch appears immediately, even if wide-angle shots reveal he was clearly nowhere in the vicinity before; on a few occasions Lurch arrives even before the bell pull is tugged. The family, for their part, treats him like one of their own. He clearly takes pride in his work and is willing to do even the most arduous task. For the most part, Lurch shares the family's macabre standards, although he occasionally looks askance at some of their activities. Hangmans knot The hangmans knot or hangmans noose (also known as a collar during Elizabethan times) is a well-known knot most often associated with its use in hanging. ...


Aside from a headless Marie Antoinette doll, Lurch is Wednesday's best friend. He seems to have a paternal affection for both Wednesday and Pugsley. Although his job title is limited to butler, he seems to be a "jack of all trades" when it comes to them, doing everything from taking them to school to making them lunch to even keeping an eye on them around the house. He is close friends with the disembodied hand Thing. Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria (born November 1755 – executed 16 October 1793) Daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of Louis XVI and mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. ... Wednesday Friday Addams is a member of the fictional Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams for The New Yorker. ... Pugsley Addams is a member of the fictional Addams family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams. ...


Lurch is often seen playing the harpsichord with a great degree of skill. The scenes in the original television series with Lurch playing the harpsichord were Lurch playing on a dead keyboard. The show's musical director (Vic Mizzy) played the actual tunes. Originally, in the TV series, Lurch was to have no lines. However, in the pilot Ted Cassidy ad-libbed the line "you rang?" in his trademark deep voice, and it was so impressive it led to Lurch getting more dialogue; he ultimately had three lines in the pilot. In the films, however, Lurch was totally mute. Harpsichord in the Flemish style A harpsichord is any of a family of European keyboard instruments, including the large instrument currently called a harpsichord, but also the smaller virginals, the muselar virginals and the spinet. ...


In the original television series, Lurch was played by Ted Cassidy, who also voiced the character in the first animated series, as well as the episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies cartoon that preceded it. In the second animated series, Lurch was voiced by Jim Cummings. Carel Struycken played Lurch in the films. Theodore Crawford Ted Cassidy (born July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - January 16, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor who played Lurch (in which role he was able to demonstrate his genuine skill on the harpsichord) and Thing on The Addams Family. ... The New Scooby-Doo Movies (sometimes called The New Scooby-Doo Comedy Movies) was the second incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. ... James Jonah Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor and has often been considered to be a successor to the voice acting legend Mel Blanc. ... Carel Struycken (born July 30, 1948 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands) is a character actor in film, television, and stage. ...


Lurch appears in the NES game Fester's Quest. Uncle Fester can get the famous noose from Grandmama, which, when used, shakes the screen with a loud gong (just like the TV show). Lurch's picture appears with his "You rang?" line, and he will immediately destroy all on-screen enemies. NES redirects here. ... Fester starting his quest Festers Quest is a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System based on the 1960s television series The Addams Family. ...


Much of Lurch's history, including his first name and the nature of his relationship to any other Addamses was originally unknown. "Lurch" was revealed during the original TV series to be a surname, as there was a "Mother Lurch" who appeared in one episode. She addresses Lurch as "Sonny", which could either be a parental nickname or his actual first name. It was stated in Addams Family Reunion that Lurch is part-Addams. This plays into his being a Frankenstein's monster-like creation. The only definite body part that is from an Addams is his heart. The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... The heart and lungs, from an older edition of Grays Anatomy. ...


On October 30, 1965 a "Lurch dance" song and dance were introduced on an ABC music program [1]. October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


Trivia

  • Lurch, sporting a bushy beard, appeared with Morticia in the very first Addams Family cartoon in The New Yorker magazine
  • Lurch is also the nickname used by radio personality Jason Bishop on The Junkies morning radio program.
  • Lurch is also the nickname used by renown Canadian music producer Chris Rudyk.


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The Addams Family
Characters
Gómez Addams | Morticia Addams | Pugsley Addams | Wednesday Addams | Uncle Fester | Grandmama | Lurch | Thing | Cousin Itt
TV
The Addams Family | The New Addams Family
Films
The Addams Family (1991) | Addams Family Values (1993) | Addams Family Reunion (1998)
Games
Fester's Quest (1989) | The Addams Family (pinball) (1991) | Addams Family (1992) | The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (1993) | Addams Family Values (1994) | Addams Family (1994)

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lurch (78 words)
This is Lurch with his good buddy, "Chance", a crippled horse that came to the refuge as his last hope.
That is they did until Lurch came to live in that field.
Lurch appointed himself Chance's bodyguard right from the start.
Lurch - LoveToKnow 1911 (183 words)
In (1) "lurch" is the name of a game, of which nothing is known (it is supposed to have resembled backgammon), and also of a state of the score in various games, in which the loser either scores nothing or is beaten by very heavy points.
In (2) "lurch" occurs first in the form "lee-lurches," sudden rolls a ship takes to leeward in a heavy sea, which may be a corruption of "leelatch," defined in Smyth's Sailor's Word Book as dropping to leeward of the course.
In (3) "lurch" is probably another form of "lurk," to lie in wait for, watch stealthily, hence to pilfer, steal.
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