"Husband to Morticia, if indeed they are married at all... a crafty schemer, but also a jolly man in his own way... though sometimes misguided... sentimental and often puckish - optimistic, he is in full enthusiasm for his dreadful plots... is sometimes seen in a rather formal dressing gown... the only one who smokes."
As with all of the members of the family, in the original cartoons he had no name. When the 1964 television series The Addams Family was being developed, Charles Addams suggested naming the character either Repelli or Gomez. Addams left the final choice up to actor John Astin, who chose Gomez.
In the original cartoons by Charles Addams, his appearance was somewhat grotesque, being tubby, snub-nosed, and having a crooked tooth and a receding chin. Gomez is of Castilian extraction, and almost always dresses in a chalk-striped, dark-colored suit and tie (bow tie in films), sports slicked-back hair and a pencil-thin mustache. Though head of the household, he is extremely naive and childish, with a short attention span and endless optimism. Gomez is passionately in love with his wife Morticia; he affectionately calls her romantic names like Querida ("darling") and Cara Mia ("my beloved"), and is driven wild by the slightest of her actions, whether imitating animal noises or speaking French. Like the rest of the family, Gomez is open and friendly to outsiders, though he finds their "normal" lifestyles befuddling.
He enjoys cigars and has been smoking them ever since he was five years old (mother insisted), and is an accomplished juggler and knife-thrower. His favorite dance is The Freddy. He has a childlike love for toys and is especially fond of setting up trainwrecks with his model trains. He is well-versed in all types of combat (or believes himself to be, at any rate), especially sword-fighting. He is athletic, enjoys the trampoline, and has the heart of a 20-year-old track star -- Mama performed the surgery herself.
Gomez's investments are guided more by whimsy than strategy, yet luck rarely fails him. "It's not for nothing that they call me 'The Plunger'," he once boasted, an apparent reference to sticking doggedly with a stock despite low fluctuations, although this nickname was in fact bestowed upon him not by Wall Street investors but by the Plumbers' Union. He owns businesses around the world, including a crocodile farm ("Crocodiles Unlimited"), a buzzard farm, a salt mine, a tombstone factory, a uranium mine, and many others. It is not unheard of for him to simply forget that he owns a controlling interest in a business or to draw a check on the wrong bank. Guinness World Records 2008 ranked him as 5th richest TV character with a net worth of $8.2 million.
As a young man, Gomez was a perennially sickly youth, gaining perfect health only after meeting Morticia. He nevertheless studied law and was voted "Most Likely Never to Pass the Bar". It is noted that while Gomez has never won a case, he has never lost one either ("Perfect record!" boasts Grandmama). Although he rarely practices, he boasts of having put many criminals behind bars while acting as their defense attorney.
The Addams Family (TV Series)
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Astin also voiced the character in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies which featured the family.
The Addams Family (animated 1973)
In the first animated series by Hanna-Barbera, Gomez was voiced by Lennie Weinrib.
The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values
Gomez was played by the late Raúl Juliá in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. The film version of Gomez shares the fun-loving personality of his sitcom counterpart, including his affinity for swordfighting and trainwrecks. However, Gomez is noticeably calmer and more suave in the films than his television counterparts, and even speaks with an English-like accent (as Juliá was from Puerto Rico). Gomez also regularly plays chess with Thing, and enjoys hitting golf balls from the roof of his house, enraging his next-door neighbor, who has to contend with the balls smashing his windows. When the Alfords throw them out of their own home, Gomez gets so depressed that he spends all day watching daytime TV.
Unlike the original television show where Fester was Morticia's uncle, here Fester is his long-lost brother. The first film notes their parents were murdered by an angry mob, but in the sequel, when Gomez catches Fester with a pornographic magazine, they both look at the centerfold and fondly say "Mom." This Gomez passed his facial-hair genes to his son Pubert, a seemingly indestructible baby with a thin, black mustache like his father.
The Addams Family (animated 1992)
In the second animated series, also by Hanna-Barbera, Gomez's voice was again performed by John Astin.