Actor Felix Silla, recognized for his position as Cousin Itt on ‘The Addams Household,’ dies at 84
Felix Silla, who starred because the bushy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Household” and a robotic on “Buck Rogers within the twenty fifth Century,” has died. He was 84.
Silla’s consultant, Bonnie Vent, mentioned in an emailed assertion Saturday that the actor died Friday after a battle with most cancers. Vent mentioned Silla was a humble and good man who was filled with tales.
“He had so many tales, from beginning out within the circus, to so many traditional tv exhibits both doing stunts or taking part in a personality,” Vent mentioned.
Despite the fact that his face was coated, Silla — who stood lower than 4 ft tall — turned well-known for sporting a floor-length hairpiece, sun shades and a bowler hat as Cousin Itt on the Sixties ABC present “The Addams Household.” His fan-favorite character had a knack for mumbling phrases that had been solely understood by Addams members of the family.
Silla’s face went unseen in a pair different roles, together with his portrayal of the robotic Twiki on the late Seventies NBC collection “Buck Rogers,” and the 1983 movie “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” the place he performed an Ewok who rode a dangle glider.
“Felix knew so much about making characters come to life with no dialog,” Vent mentioned.
Within the 1975 movie “The Black Hen,” viewers had an opportunity to see Silla’s face. He appeared as a villain named Litvak, who went towards George Segal’s Sam Spade Jr. within the “The Maltese Falcon” sequel.
Silla appeared in different movies corresponding to “Spaceballs,” “The Golden Youngster” and “Poltergeist.” He performed his closing position within the 2016 movie “Characterz.”
Silla was born in Italy earlier than he got here to america in 1955. He toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the place he was a bareback rider, trapeze artist and tumbler. He stayed in Hollywood to change into a stuntman in 1962.
Silla is survived by his spouse Sue and daughter Bonnie. His son, Michael, died on the age of 45 final yr.