Charles Addams (January 7, 1912-September 28, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. His cartoons regularly appeared in The New Yorker from 1938 until his death. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, became the basis for two live action television series, two cartoon series, and three motion pictures. It is said that the exterior of the Addams Family Mansion was based on a home in Westfield, New Jersey.
A Fine Arts building on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Addams' alma mater, is named for him.