Creator of The Addams Family, a popular cartoon that spawned movies, musicals, and television shows. In 1961, he received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
He was distantly related to United States Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
He drew and created nearly 1,500 cartoons throughout his lengthy career.
He married Sally Smith, who was the sister of his brother-in-law.
Hank Ketcham was another famous cartoonist whose work reached wide audiences.