And finally, our "person of the week." Halloween, just around the corner. A lesson in family values from one of the strangest father figures in tv. Abc's john donvan with an 82-year-old icon.... See More
And finally, our "person of the week." Halloween, just around the corner. A lesson in family values from one of the strangest father figures in tv. Abc's john donvan with an 82-year-old icon. Reporter: On the show that turned halloween upside down, he was the monster of ceremonies, turninhorror into ha-ha. Half an hour in a bed of nails and you'll be in as good a shape as I am. Now I'm worried. Reporter: With a wink and a snuggle that made weird feel right at home. Thank you, thing. Reporter:46 years later, you'd still recognize him, right? Nobody else has a head shaped like mine, so, I'm recognized quite often. Reporter: John aston, now acting teacher at johns hopkins. Then, a guy who was, altogether ooky on "the addams family." They were weird and creepy, but that didn't mean they didn't love each other. Bizarre as we appeared to be, we were the healthiest family on the air. And the amorous relationship between gomez and morticia was one of the more unusual aspects of that. Reporter: Ah, yes, the love story. Not something that other sitcom moms and dads ever did. Make out. All the time. While we may have seemed foreboding on the outside, we were very, really, underneath, very good, caring people. Reporter: In fact, aston became good friends with carolyn jones. When she died in 1983, he delivered the eulogy. Much of the cast stayed close, although now it's only in re-runs that aston gets to see them. Most of the adult members on the show have passed away, but it's a great reminder of them. Reporter: And now, it is teaching, at his alma mater. One thing I say to the students is, each one of you has greatness within. Don't neglect it. Nourish it, feed it, work with it. Reporter: And how to spook an audience while still getting a laugh. Well, that's an art. How is your headache? A couple more turns out to do it. You don't carry out the violence. You just imply it. Reporter: But hey, it's almost halloween. Let's hear the gomez addams version of what really matters. In "the addams family," there was a definite take away of humanity. And of the joy of living. The joy of life. Ah, the wonder of the spider. And so we choose john aston, who says he didn't see the show as scary, but a celebration of the unusual.
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