Carel Struycken (aka Lurch in the Adams Family) Biography 2020

Carel Struycken is a talented Dutchman who is an iconic actor, but also a musician, composer and photographer. Carel has mostly played giant roles, due to his exceptional height – 7 feet or 2.13 m – and often silent roles, such as Lurch in “The Addams Family” for which he is most famous. Carel’s impressive height is due to a condition called acromegaly, which is caused by over-producing growth hormones and can lead to enlarged hands, feet, waist and facial features. There are a lot of mysteries surrounding the Dutch actor, and a lot of things about the gentle giant that many people don’t know.

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Here’s an introduction to the life and fame of every kid’s favorite giant, Lurch, or rather Carel.

Early life and family

Carel was Dutch born and established his hometown in The Hague, Netherlands. He was born on July 30, 1948, so in 2020 will celebrate his 72nd birthday. Nothing is known of his family members, as the identity of both of his parents remains a mystery, but it is known that Carel has a younger brother named Peter.

Peter is a renowned artist who received the Heineken Prize for the Arts from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in 2012 for his work.

When Carel was four years old, his family moved to the Caribbean island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles. There, Carel composed several Caribbean waltzes, which was a major achievement for a 15-year-old. At the age of 16, Carel returned to The Hague to attend high school.


When Carel graduated from high school, he continued his studies at the Amsterdam film school and graduated from the director program. Following this, Carel traveled to the United States to attend the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied for another year. It was at this time that his acting talent was revealed.

Carel Struycken


Carel’s introduction to the big screen in 1978 happened through a strange conspiracy of events. While walking around Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, Carel was approached by a woman who said she was looking for someone like him to cast in a movie. Carel was identified as an actor due to his impressive height, but instead of being offended, he accepted the role and made his film debut in the musical “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. His career took off from there and he landed a second role in the detective series “Hunter”.

Almost two years later, Carel landed his second role in a major movie, titled ‘Die Laughing’, which was released in 1980, but it wasn’t until the ’90s that Carel really gained real recognition when he starred. in the hit series “Star Trek: Next Generation” as “Mr Holmn”.

However, throughout the eighties, Carel starred in several films, including the 1984 horror slasher “The Prey”, and other titles such as “The Witches of Eastwick”, followed by a guest appearance. in the sixth season of the medical drama television series “St. Elsewhere” in 1988.

In 1991, he landed the role of Lurch for the film’s portrayal of the “Addams Family,” then reprized the role for the sequels “Addams Family Values” and “Addams Family Reunion.” He also starred in 1993’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, which should not be confused with the later adaptation starring Brendon Fraser.

In 1997, Carel was seen in the iconic film “Men in Black”, playing the great friend of the “Arquillian” race, who met Rosenburg, the alien Arquillian who owned the cat, Orion. He also starred in TV series such as “Charmed”, “Star Trek Voyager” and “Cold Case”.

His latest film is a Stephen King sequel to “The Shining” released in 2019 and titled “Doctor Sleep”.

Carel has also made appearances in music videos, such as Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican Radio”, as well as Korn’s music video for their track “ADIDAS”.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

Carel is passionate about photography, and practices it in his spare time. He is also influential on a photography blog with co-author Josh Korwin.

Mr. Homn (Carel Struycken), Lwaxana Troi’s valet, relishes a bucket of Betazoid berries. (TNG: “Menage à Troi”)

Posted by TrekCore on Monday July 17th, 2017

Carel specifically creates spherical panoramic photographs, which allow the viewer to witness an event or landscape in 360 degrees. He shares these photographs on his own dedicated account website.

Other than that, Carel is an enthusiastic gardener and a vegetarian. He left the Netherlands and now prefers to settle in the United States.


Karel is married, but he kept the identity of his wife and family a secret and successfully hid it from the public. He has two children, but no names have been released. They are now adults and her son and daughter have embarked on medical careers.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of birth: July 30, 1948
  • Hair Color: Used to be black, but has since turned gray and is bald
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Height: 7 feet 0 inches (2.13 m)
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Vital statistics: suffers from acromegaly
  • Size: Unknown
  • Astrological sign: Leo
  • Nationality: Dutch/American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Net value

Carel’s success as an actor has earned him a net value estimated at an impressive $3 million in 2020.

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