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Thing T. Thing, referred to as just Thing, is a fictional character in the The Addams Family. Thing was originally portrayed as a whole person (always seen in the background watching the family, but never getting noticed or shown fully), but was changed to a hand for the television series.
Thing was the creation of Charles Addams, who drew the Addams Family cartoons in The New Yorker magazine beginning in the 1930s. He first appeared in Addams's 1954 book Homebodies. One of Addams's cartoons shows the Addams mansion with a sign at the front saying "Beware of the Thing." Additionally, Thing has been in the original television series (1964-66), the revived series The New Addams Family (1998), and in the related movies The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993) and Addams Family Reunion (1998). He also appears briefly at the beginning of the opening title sequence for the 1992 animated series.
In the 1960s television series, Thing—strictly speaking, a disembodied forearm, since he occasionally emerged from his box at near-elbow length—was usually played by Ted Cassidy, who also played the lugubrious butler Lurch, although the two characters occasionally appeared in the...