Career Biography of Charles Samuel Addams

 
   
1912

Born January 7 to Grace M. Spear and Charles Huey Addams in Westfield, NJ

 

1929

Graduates from Westfield Senior High School

 

Attends Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

 

1930

Attends University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

1931

Attends Grand Central School of Art, New York City

 

1932

Sells his first spot sketch to The New Yorker magazine

 

1933

Sells his first drawing to The New Yorker magazine

 

1940

Illustrates But Who Wakes the Bugler? by Peter DeVries forHoughton Mifflin Company

1942

Publishes his first anthology of drawings Drawn and Quartered with Random House, Inc.

 

1947

Publishes his second anthology of drawings Addams and Evil with Random House, Inc.

 

1950

Illustrates Afternoon in the Attic by John Kobler for Dodd, Mead & Company

 

Publishes his third anthology of drawings Monster Rally with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

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1954

Publishes his fourth anthology of drawings Homebodies with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1957

Publishes his fifth anthology of drawings Nightcrawlers with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

1959

Publishes his compilation book Dear Dead Days with G.P. Putnam’s Sons

1960

Publishes his sixth anthology of drawings Black Maria with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1961

Donates 39 finished and preliminary drawings to the Museum of the City of New York

 

1962

Donates 33 preliminary drawings to the Museum of the City of New York

 

Drawn and Quartered is re-released by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1964

The Addams Family television series premiers on ABC

 

Publishes his seventh anthology of drawings The Groaning Board with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

1965

Monster Rally is re-released by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1967

Publishes The Chas Addams Mother Goose with Windmill Books, Inc.

 

1970

Publishes his eighth anthology of drawings My Crowd with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

1976

Publishes his ninth anthology of drawings Favorite Haunts with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1980

Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania

 

1981

Publishes his tenth anthology of drawings Creature Comforts with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1983

Receives Honorary Doctorate from Southampton College, Southampton, New York

 

1984

Participant in A Year at the New Yorker exhibition at the National Academy of Design, New York City

 

1988

Dies during the morning of September 29 in his car in front of his apartment at West 54th Street in New York City

 

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1991

The Estate of Charles Addams publishes The World of Charles Addams with Alfred A. Knopf.

 

Tee Addams donates 70 Addams drawings to The New York Public Library, New York City

 

The Addams Family movie released by Paramount Pictures

1992

The Charles Addams Gallery on the third floor of The New York Public Library is dedicated for “permanent rotating exhibition of Addams works from their collection” (NOTE: Removed from service in 2000)

1993

Addams Family Values movie released by Paramount Pictures

 

1999

Formation of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation

 

2002

The Foundation publishes an updated version of The Charles Addams Mother Goose with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

2004

The Foundation and the Children’s Museum of the East End inaugurate the Charles Addams Festival: Cartooning for Kids

 

2005

The Foundation publishes Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook: Culinary Cartoons for the Humorously Famished with Simon & Schuster

 

2006

The Foundation publishes Chas Addams Happily Ever After:  A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One with Simon & Schuster

 

Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life by Linda H. Davis is published by Random House, Inc.

 

2009

The Addams Family: A New Musical opens in Chicago for out-of-town tryouts

 

2010

The Foundation publishes The Addams Family: An Evilution with Pomegranate Communications, Inc.

 

The Addams Family: A New Musical opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City

2011 The Addams Family: An Evilution is published in Japanese and in Italian

2016 The Addams Family: An Evilution is published in French