See the Cast of ‘Addams Family Values’ Then and Now
In honor of the greatest Thanksgiving pageant ever sent to film, we thought we’d check up on the cast of ‘Addams Family Values’ today. Oh sure, we all know how Christina Ricci’s doing, but what about Pugsley? What about Amanda Buckman? What about that one nanny who didn’t last very long?! Find out what they’re up to today right here.
Raúl Juliá, Gomez Addams
Then: Stage and screen veteran Julia played family patriarch Gomez Addams. 53 at the time, the Puerto Rican actor was known for films like ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Presumed Innocent, as well as his acclaimed turn in ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman.’
Now: The following year Julia scored an Emmy for his work in ‘The Burning Season’ and played his perhaps second most famous role — M. Bison in the ‘Street Fighter’ movie. Sadly, Julia passed away in 1994 from a brain hemorrhage following a severe stroke. In honor of his work to end world hunger and his contributions to the Latino community, the then mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, proclaimed November 21 “Raul Julia Day.”
Anjelica Huston, Morticia Addams
Then: Huston lent her signature droll delivery to Morticia in ‘Addams Family Values.’ She had already won a Golden Globe for playing the role in the original ‘Addams Family’ movie in 1991. The daughter of legendary director John Huston, Anjelica is one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, starring in movies such as ‘Prizzi’s Honor’ and ‘The Grifters.’
Now: The 61-year-old currently vamps it up as Eileen Rand on ‘Smash.’ She is also know for her collaborations with director Wes Anderson in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ’The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou’ and ‘The Darjeeling Limited.’
Christopher Lloyd, Uncle Fester
Then: Lloyd brought his manic energy to Uncle Fester in ‘Addams Family Values.’ He had come into prominence playing burned-out hippie Reverend Jim Ignatowski on the sitcom ‘Taxi’ and will be forever known as mad scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown from the ‘Back To The Future’ trilogy.
Now: The 74-year-old continues to be a prolific voice and dramatic actor. In 2012, he appeared in the movies ‘Piranha 3DD,’ ‘Last Call’ and ‘Dead Before Dawn 3D.’
Christina Ricci, Wednesday Addams
Then: You surely remember Ricci as morbid Wednesday Addams. Ricci, then 13, had made her movie debut in 1990’s ‘Mermaids’ and followed it up with the role of Wednesday in the first ‘Addams Family’ movie.
Now: Ricci nearly seamlessly transitioned from child star to fully-grown actress. She recently played the lead in the short-lived TV show ‘Pam Am’ and will star in the upcoming movie ‘Mother’s Day.’
Carel Struycken, Lurch
Then: Dutch actor Carel Struycken used his seven foot frame to play ‘Lurch’ in ‘Addams Family Values.’ He had made his film debut as ‘The Brute’ in 1978’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ and is familiar to ‘Twin Peaks’ fans for his role as the Giant in Agent Cooper’s dreams.
Now: Struycken’s last credit was as Lester ‘Gargantuan’ Smith on a 2010 episode of ‘Cold Case.’ The 64-year-old is an avid photographer and has a website dedicated to spherical panoramas.
Jimmy Workman, Pugsley Addams
Then: Workman is best remembered as Pugsley Addams, who along with his sister Wednesday, plots to kill their newborn baby brother. Workman, 12 at the time, had made his film debut two years earlier in ‘The Addams Family.’
Now: Workman has retired from acting, with his last role being as himself in the 2004 video ‘To Kill a Mockumentary.’ He is the older brother of ‘Modern Family’ actress Ariel Winter and recently spoke out about his family’s ongoing domestic drama.
Joan Cusack, Debbie Jellinsky
Then: Cusack was Debbie Jellinksy, a professional black widow who set her eye on Uncle Fester, in ‘Addams Family Values.’ The ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum had already enjoyed a successful movie career, with appearances in films like ‘Working Girl,’ ‘Married to the Mob’ and ‘Say Anything.’
Now: Cusack currently stars on the Showtime dramedy ‘Shameless.’ This year, the 50-year-old sister of John Cusack was also in the movie ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’
David Krumholtz, Joel Glicker
Then: In ‘Addams Family Values,’ Krumholtz played Joel Glicker, who crushes on Wednesday. He made his movie debut earlier that year in the Michael J. Fox comedy ‘Life With Mikey.’
Now: Krumholtz is best known for starring as Charlie Eppes on ‘Numb3rs’ between 2005 and 2010. His latest TV show — the sitcom ‘Partners’ — was just cancelled, but the 34-year-old will appear in the Seth Rogan/James Franco comedy ‘The End of The World’ next year.
Mercedes McNab, Amanda Buckman
Then: McNab played Wednesday’s camp rival Amanda Buckman in ‘Addams Family Values.’ She had made her movie debut two years earlier as an 11-year-old in ‘The Addams Family.’ In 1997, she snagged a recurring role on ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer.’
Now: These days, McNab is probably most associated with her roles in the slasher flicks ‘Hatchet,’ in which she played the lead, and ‘Hatchet 2.’ The 32-year-old got married earlier this year.
Cynthia Nixon, Heather the potential nanny
Then: Cynthia Nixon played Heather, the environmentally-aware nanny, who didn’t last long with the Addams Family. When she took the part, she had already been acting on Broadway for 13 years, and had made appearances in movies like ‘The Manhattan Project’ and ‘Amadeus.’
Now: Nixon is best known for her work as Miranda on ‘Sex and the City.’ To date she has won a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy, making her just one Oscar short of EGOT status.