Although best known for his role as Gomez Addams on the classic
TV series The Addams Family, John Astin is a veteran of nearly
150 film and TV roles (including West Side Story, The
Twilight Zone, and Batman), and an accomplished TV and
film director. In 1969, he was nominated for an Academy Award for
the short subject Prelude, which marked his directorial debut. He
went on to direct dozens of TV productions including Rod Serling's
Night Gallery and Murder, She Wrote. Astin also directed
episodes of McMillan & Wife (created and produced by
D&F's creator Leonard Stern).
For the character of Harry Dickens, John Astin was hired by Leonard
Stern to serve as straight man (always the toughest and most misunderstood
role in show business) to his manic comic counterpart Arch Fenster
(Marty Ingels). Adept at both comedy and drama, Astin was the perfect
choice to play the somewhat insecure, pensive, but always loyal
best friend in this classic TV sitcom.
Born Martin Ingerman in Brooklyn, New York, Marty Ingels has appeared
in nearly one-hundred movies and TV shows, including the classic
TV series Bewitched, Adam-12 and The Dick Van Dyke
Show. An astute businessman, Ingels has managed the career of
his wife Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family) for the past
thirty years, as well as other prominent celebrities. His raspy
voice and staccato delivery has helped bring to life such TV cartoon
characters as Beegle Beagle in The Great Grape Ape Show,
Pac-Man, and AutoCat in The Cattanooga Cats.
Ingels whirlwind personality was ideal for the impetuous, frenetic
but friendly Fenster -- counterbalancing his good friend, the more
worried and deliberate Dickens.
Emmaline Henry's acting career started in the 1950's, but she didn't
hit her stride until she was cast as Kate Dickens, loving wife and
helpmate to Harry. Ms. Henry enjoyed several prominent roles during
her twenty years in show business, including working with directors
Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski in Marnie and Rosemary's
However, Emmaline Henry is best known for playing Mrs. Bellows
on the classic TV series I Dream of Jeannie, starring Barbara
Eden and Larry Hagman. Tragically, she died of cancer in 1979 at
the age of fifty.
Born in West Virginia in 1911, Frank De Vol grew up in the sublime
atmosphere of music. His father was a band-leader, and by age 14
young De Vol joined the Musician's Union. By the 1940's, he was
writing arrangements for such musical legends as Ella Fitzgerald,
Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett. By the 1960's "music by De
Vol" became a familiar credit for numerous movies and classic
TV shows such as Pillow Talk, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,
My Three Sons, Family Affair, and The Brady Bunch.
Frank De Vol perfected his trademark deadpan persona while playing
the role of Dickens & Fenster's boss Mr. Bannister, which he
would later reprise while portraying the lugubrious bandleader Happy
Kyne, on the 1970's talk show parodies Fernwood 2Nite and
America 2-Night. De Vol died in Lafayette, California in 1999
at the age of 88.