Gomez Addams may be one of the happiest men in the world, because there is truly nothing (work, financial troubles, legal or social concerns) which interferes with the quality time he spends with his family. Gomez is the husband of Morticia Addams, son to Grandmama Addams, brother to Uncle Fester, and father to Wednesday and Pugsley. Gomez also has a butler named Lurch, a curious servant called Thing and a Cousin Itt. Gomez's paternal grandfather was Grandpa Squint Addams, who was the son of Pegleg Addams; oddly, Gomez's paternal grandmother was also named Squint.
Gomez is of Castilian extraction, and almost always dresses in a chalk-striped, dark-colored suit, sports slicked-back hair and a pencil-thin moustache. In the television shows, Gomez wore a necktie to his chalk-stripe suit, though in the films, Gomez wears a bow-tie. He enjoys smoking cigars, and is an accomplished juggler and knife-thrower. He is well versed in all types of combat, especially sword fighting. His favorite dance is The Freddy. Though head of the household, he is extremely naive and childish, with a short attention span and endless optimism. He has a childlike love for toys, especially model train sets, which he routinely enjoys destroying. Gomez is passionately in love with Morticia; he affectionately calls her romantic names like Querida ("darling") and Cara Mia ("my beloved"), and is driven insane 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 bizarre.
Gomez Addams is an athletic, acrobatic, and eccentric multi-millionaire. Though an extremely successful businessman, having acquired much of his wealth through investments, he seems to have little regard for money and will casually spend thousands of dollars on any whimsical endeavor (a fact that often mortifies visitors of the Addams household). Gomez's investments are guided more by whimsy than strategy, yet luck rarely fails him.
In the original sitcom, Gomez owned 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 was not unheard of for him to simply forget that he owned a controlling interest in a business. Gomez studied law (voted "Most Likely Never to Pass the Bar"), and although he rarely practices, he takes an absurd delight in losing cases.
Gomez was played by Raúl Juliá in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). The film version of Gomez shares the fun-loving personality of his sitcom counterpart, including his affinity for sword fighting and train sets. Gomez also regularly plays chess with Thing, the disembodied hand, friend and servant of the family. Another quirk is his tendency to play golf on the roof of his house, enraging his next-door neighbor, who has to contend with golf balls smashing his windows. This version emphasizes the fact that the Addamses have all been "psychopaths, fiends, mad-dog killers, brutes...pioneers," and provides us with the Addams family motto: "Sic gorgianus allus subjectatus nunc" ("we gladly feast on those who would subdue us"). We also learn that Gomez began smoking cigars when he was 8 years old ("mother insisted").
The films differ from the television series in several ways, most significantly that Fester is Gomez's brother (in the television show, he was Morticia's uncle), with whom Gomez has had a long-standing rivalry due to mutual attraction for the Amor (siamese) twins, Flora and Fauna. Morticia notes that Gomez's parents were murdered by an angry mob. In Addams Family Values, Gomez and Morticia have a third child named Pubert, a seemingly indestructible baby with a waxed mustache like his father.
In 1998, Tim Curry took up the role in the film Addams Family Reunion; The next year, Gomez was played by Glenn Taranto in the TV series The New Addams Family.