It’s always a risky venture taking established characters from one medium and updating them for a new audience. As was the case in 1991, when Paramount Pictures released The Addams Family (which available on Digital HD), a big-screen comedy based on the comics of Charles Addams. Keeping true to the spirit of the comics, as well as the 1960s TV show, the film celebrated the wealthy eccentricities of a family that delighted in the macabre, all while being blissfully unaware of their frightening demeanor. It was such a hit, they released a sequel in 1993, Addams Family Values, which had the original cast returning. With star Anjelica Huston celebrating her 65th birthday this week, here’s a look at what the cast has been up to since then.
Anjelica Huston — Morticia Addams
Born of Hollywood royalty — her father was director John Huston — Anjelica Huston started to make a name for herself as an actor in the early 1980s, co-starring in films like The Postman Always Rings Twice and Prizzi’s Honor, the latter winning her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1985. After her delightful performance as Addams family matriarch Morticia, she’d continue to work alongside A-list Hollywood directors, including the matriarch of another wealthy, eccentric family in Wes Anderson’s 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums.
She moved behind the camera in the mid-1990s, and put out a handful of feature films as a director, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. After spending her career concentrating on movies, she began transitioning to the small screen, popping up on the hit show Smash and Amazon’s acclaimed original series Transparent. She’s also a noted activist, heading a 2007 letter-writing campaign for the Human Rights Action Center to secure the release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and she was named PETA’s Person of the Year in 2012. Right now she’s doing voice work for the animated feature Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, due out in 2018.