Pugsley Addams FamilyKen Weatherwax, who played the brilliant but decidedly odd Pugsley Addams on "The Addams Family," has died at the age of 59.

The actor passed away after a heart attack in his home in Box Canyon, California. His niece, Shanyn Vieira, confirmed the news on Facebook.

As Pugsley, Weatherwax was part of a macabre and weird tribe that included father Gomez, mother Morticia, and sister Wednesday. The boy was fascinated by insects and explosive toys, and he was an inventive engineer who created an anti-gravity gun and a robot. Weatherwax portrayed Pugsley for the two seasons that the show aired on ABC from 1964 to 1966; reruns continued for years after.

After "The Addams Family," Weatherwax attempted to continue his acting career, but didn't land any major roles. He joined the Army and later worked as a grip and set builder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also made several appearances in "Addams Family"-related follow-ups.

Weatherwax hailed from a showbiz-loving family: His aunt, Ruby Keeler, starred in old Warner Bros. musicals, including "42nd Street"; his uncle, Rudd Weatherwax, trained Lassie; and his half-brother, Joey D. Vieira, acted in "Lassie" in the '50s.

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