Doc Brown and Uncle Fester just might be the same person (at least the same actor)!

So the other day I was flipping through channels and I came across the Adams Family. There will never come a day when I am not in the mood to watch the Adams Family. As a kid I wanted to be just like Wednesday. I realize she is an odd role model choice, but needless to say I was an odd kid.

Anyways while watching the movie I realized many of the actors have gone on to be characters in other movies that I love and I just never noticed. The one that stood out the most to me was Uncle Fester. The eyes looked oh so familiar but I couldn’t place how I knew him. So I whipped out my computer and found out the actor was Christopher Lloyd. So I jumped on to IMDB and there it was Christopher Llyod is also the actor who plays Doc in Back to the Future!! Like what?!

I was literally shocked. These two characters never connected to me before and I was so fascinated I had to dig a little more. And you know what I have decided? It is actually kinda perfect that they are played by the same actor because they are basically the same person. I know it is a stretch but here is why:

1) Their fascination and troubles with electricity: Uncle Fester is said to have the ability to conduct electricity which he acquired by being electrocuted. Doc Brown has a fascination with electricity which leads him to his funky hair and multiple electrocutions throughout the movies.

2) Both are considered “eccentric”: Both these characters are considered eccentric for their own reasons. Uncle Fester is a bit socially awkward. He is gentle and caring with his family but then does odd things like putting his head in a crank press to relieve his headaches. Doc Brown is also quite caring with Marty McFly but comes off as brash and in some cases pretty stupid with his ideas that tend to fail over and over again.

3) The hair: Okay yes their hair don’t look alike at all- but the characters are certainly recognizable by their hair. Uncle Fester has absolutely none. So little that it would be assumed that it was all lost when he got electrocuted. Doc Brown has crazy mad scientist hair- a look that was also probably derived from electrocution.

4) Their love of dogs: Uncle Fester created “Butcher” as a present for Pugsley. This went a bit awry when the dog began to devour hair. Doc Brown went back in time to retrieve his dog Einstein- not even sure he suceeded. Either way both of them did something for a dog and it didn’t quite turn out the way they planned.


This might all be a bit of a stretch but the connection between the two characters with a shared actor was too fun to ignore! Do you guys see any other connections between these two great Christopher Lloyd characters?

16 thoughts on “Doc Brown and Uncle Fester just might be the same person (at least the same actor)!

  1. I caught on to this one when I watched them. Doc Brown did get Einstein back in the end. Although in the original script Einstein was a monkey and not a dog lol

  2. Shae, what a GREAT post! And yes, there is definitely a connection between the two characters.

    “Their fascination and troubles with electricity.”

    I used to love when Uncle Fester in the TV show would put a light bulb in his mouth and light it up – HA! I was (and still am) a HUGE fan of The Addams Family. Btw, did you know that they actually made a Broadway show of The Addams Family? I didn’t see it, but I read that it got mixed reviews.

    Love Christopher Lloyd. There is something about his expressive eyes that makes him so great at comedy.

    Have a super weekend, girl!

  3. Funny, I thought you were referring to the original Addams Family, i.e. the television series, in which Uncle Fester was played by Jackie Coogan rather than Christopher Lloyd. Guess that dates me! (It WAS before my time, but I still used to catch reruns).

  4. Sounds reasonable to me. I’m not a big fan of the BttF movie, but definitely LOVE the Addams Family ones. I tune in for at least a few minutes every time I see one while scanning thru the channels.

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