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Carel Struycken
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Struycken at the 2016 Brussels Comic-Con
Born (1948-07-30) 30 July 1948 (age 75)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Height 221 cm (7 ft 3 in)
Children 2
Relatives Peter Struycken (brother)

Carel Struycken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaːrəl ˈstrœy̯kə(n)]; born 30 July 1948) is a Dutch actor. He is known for playing the Giant/Fireman in the television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017), the occasional guest role of Mr. Homn in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1992), and the household butler Lurch in the three 1990s Addams Family films. He also appeared in the films Gerald's Game (2017) and Doctor Sleep (2019).

Early life

Struycken was born on 30 July 1948 in The Hague, Netherlands. When he was 4 years old, his family moved to Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles. There, at age 15, he composed several Caribbean waltzes. At 16, he returned to his home country, where he finished secondary school. He graduated from the directing program at the film school in Amsterdam. After that, he spent a year at the American Film Institute, in Los Angeles.


In 1978, Struycken was discovered as an actor at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles by a woman who had abandoned her car in the middle of the street, calling after him: "We need you for a movie!". The film was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Struycken played Terak in the 1985 TV film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, a spin-off to the original Star Wars trilogy.

Struycken appeared as Fidel, Jack Nicholson's manservant, in the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. That same year, he appeared as Mr. Homn in "Haven", an episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role he would reprise in four more episodes until 1992.

In 1991, he starred as butler Lurch in the feature film The Addams Family. He reprised the role in the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, and the TV film Addams Family Reunion. Director Barry Sonnenfeld also picked Struycken for a small role in Men in Black.

He portrayed the mystical guide-character "The Giant" in David Lynch and Mark Frost's hit 1990–91 ABC television series Twin Peaks. He also appears in the 2017 sequel series, Twin Peaks: The Return. He appears as the "Moonlight Man" in the 2017 film Gerald's Game.

Struycken collaborated on several projects with writer and director Rene Daalder, including the 1986 punk rock musical Population: 1, which featured Tomata du Plenty, of The Screamers, and which was released on DVD in October 2008.

Personal life

Struycken is a vegetarian and likes gardening. His distinctive facial features and height—he is 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) tall—are due to acromegaly.

He and his American wife have two children. They reside in the Los Angeles area. His brother Peter Struycken won the 2012 Heineken Prize for Arts of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Sciences.

Struycken is an avid photographer. He maintains a website devoted to his spherical panoramas and shares a photography blog with Josh Korwin.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Brute
1980 Die Laughing Gregor, The Giant
Go West, Young Man Dr. Struycken
1984 The Prey The Monster
1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Terak (TV Movie)
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Fidel
1988 Night of the Kickfighters Ponti
1990 Framed Jinx (TV Movie)
1991 Servants of Twilight Kyle Barlow
The Addams Family Lurch
1993 Journey to the Center of the Earth Dallas (TV Movie)
Addams Family Values Lurch
1994 Oblivion Mr. Gaunt
1995 Under the Hula Moon Clyde
Out There Mr. Burke (TV Movie)
1996 Oblivion 2: Backlash Mr. Gaunt
1997 Men in Black Arquillian
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died The Undertaker
Addams Family Reunion Lurch (TV Movie)
1999 Enemy Action "Eyepatch"
2000 Tinnef Kran (Video short)
2001 The Vampire Hunters Club Host Vampire
2002 Science Fiction Strange Man
Fatal Kiss The Mortician (TV Movie)
2003 The War of the Starfighters (voice)
2004 Agavé J.C / Cowboy
2005 The Fallen Ones High Priest #1 (TV Movie)
2008 Sinterklaas en het Geheim van het Grote Boek Dr. Ferdinand
2014 Trophy Heads Brother Humphrey
2016 Another Brick in the Wall Roy
2017 Gerald's Game Moonlight Man
2019 Doctor Sleep Grandpa Flick

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hunter Occult Store Owner Season 4, Episodes "City of Passion: Part 1'
"City of Passion: Part 2"
1988 St. Elsewhere The Giant Season 6, Episode "Fairytale Theater"
1990–1991 Twin Peaks The Giant
1987–1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Mr. Homn 5 episodes
1994 Babylon 5 Trader Season 2, Episode "Soul Mates"
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Spectre Season 2, Episode "The Thaw"
2002 Charmed Tall Man Season 4, Episode "Womb Raider"
2006 My Name Is Earl Paul Season 2, Episode "Sticks & Stones"
2010 Cold Case Lester "Gargantuan" Smith Season 7, Episode 14 "Metamorphisis"
2014 The Blacklist Matthew Kincaid Season 2, Episode 6 "The Mombasa Cartel (No. 114)"
2017 Twin Peaks: The Return The Fireman

Music videos

See also

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