James Christopher “Jimmy” Workman is a former actor from America. He gained popularity for portraying Pugsley Addams in the films ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Addams Family Values’. A native of Virginia, Workman grew up in a family where the pursuit of art is encouraged. He has two sisters, both of whom are actresses. In 1991, at the age of 11, he made his screen debut in ‘The Addams Family’. That year, he also appeared in the video short ‘Hammer: Addams Groove’. His television debut came in an episode of the CBS crime-drama series ‘Jake and the Fatman’. In the ensuing years, he reprised his role in ‘Addams Family Values’ and appeared in films like ‘Black Sheep’, ‘As Good as It Gets’ and ‘The Biggest Fan’. In 2004, he was cast in the direct-to-video comedy film ‘To Kill a Mockumentary’. This became his final project as an actor. Since then, he has served as a member of the technical crew on film and TV. In 1993, he received the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Motion Picture for ‘The Addams Family’. In the same year, he was also nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Cable Movie for ‘Christmas in Connecticut’.
Jimmy Workman debuted on the big screen in the supernatural black comedy ‘The Addams Family’ in 1991. During the audition, he accompanied his sister Shanelle to the reading for the part of Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci ultimately played the role). He was playing on the set when the cast directors approached him and enquired if he wanted to read for the part of Pugsley. He did and was selected. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the film was the cinematic adaptation of Charles Addams' comic strips and the David Levy’s 1964 TV series of the same name. Besides Workman and Ricci, the film also stars Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams, Raúl Juliá as Gomez Addams, Judith Malina as Grandma Addams, and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. Workman’s character, Pugsley Addams, was created as a devious young genius by Charles Addams. However, Workman portrayed him as an unwitting accomplice of his sister, Wednesday. The film garnered mixed to positive reviews from the critics but was a massive commercial success, earning $191.5 million at the box office against its $30 million budget. Workman returned to play Pugsley in the video shorts ‘Hammer: Addams Groove’ (1991) and ‘Tag Team: Addams Family (Whoomp!)’ (1993), as well as the sequel ‘Addams Family Values’ (1993).
In 1992, he was cast as Little Bud Delp in the season-five episode, ‘Pennies from Heaven’, of ‘Jake and the Fatman’. Later that year, he appeared in the TNT telefilm ‘Christmas in Connecticut’. The TV movie is noted for being one of the very few directorial ventures of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Workman then played a bully in the sixth-season episode, ‘Mr. Awesome’, of the NBC legal-drama series ‘Matlock’. Between 1991 and 1993, he made two uncredited appearances on the NBC sketch-comedy series ‘Saturday Night Live’.
In 1996, he played an uncredited role of a “druggy teen” in Penelope Spheeris’ comedy film ‘Black Sheep’. He then served as a voice actor in an episode of Fox’s animated series ‘Life with Louie’. In 1997, Workman shared the screen space with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the romantic comedy ‘As Good as It Gets’. He portrayed Matt Parker in the 2002 teen drama ‘The Biggest Fan’. After appearing in the 2004 direct-to-video comedy film ‘To Kill a Mockumentary’, he retired from acting. Since then, he has served as a technical crew member in the transportation department of several films, including ‘Adolescence’ (2018) and ‘Adopt a Highway’ (2019).
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Born on October 4, 1980, in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, Jimmy Workman is the second of three children of Chrisoula "Crystal" and Glenn Workman. His mother is a homemaker while his father owns a communications firm. His older sister is actress, voice actress, producer and director Shanelle Workman. His younger sister, Ariel Winter Workman, is also an actress and voice actress.
In 2013, Workman submitted legal documents in Los Angeles in order to gain custody of his younger sister Ariel from his older sister Shanelle, claiming that the latter was a bad influence on the former. TMZ reported that he asked the court to take away custody of the then-15-year-old actress from their older sister, so he could take care of her instead. He accused Shanelle of sexualising Ariel as well as using her popularity and fortune to draw attention to her acting school. He claimed that his older sister had been a drug user, made appearances in public “almost nude revealing her private parts”, and convinced Ariel to follow a party lifestyle. Furthermore, he accused Shanelle of turning their younger sister against her family, especially their mother, Crystal. This came after Ariel accused their mother of being physically and mentally abusive towards her, which led to the courts giving her guardianship to Shanelle. Workman’s attempt of obtaining Ariel’s guardianship was unsuccessful, and she remained with their older sister until she became an adult.