Felix Silla, greatest often called the gibberish-spouting Cousin Itt on the 1960s TV sitcom The Addams Family, died in the present day from pancreatic most cancers. He was 84 and died in Las Vegas, in response to a tweet from Gil Gerard, who costarred with him on the 1979-81 NBC collection Buck Rogers within the 25th Century.
Silla donned a full-body hairpiece, sun shades and a bowler hat to attain the function of Cousin Itt, who might solely be understood by members of the Addams Family, because of his unusual mumbling. The function was one in all a number of the place Silla’s face went unseen, together with appearances as robotic Twiki on Buck Rogers and as a hang-gliding Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.
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One function the place he might be seen was because the villain Litvak, who took on George Segal’s Sam Spade Jr. in The Maltese Falcon sequel The Black Bird (1975).
Born in Italy, Silla was just below four ft tall and weighed a scant 70 kilos. He got here to the US in 1955 and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a trapeze artist and tumbler. He got here to Hollywood in 1962 and labored as a stuntman.
His abilities and slight stature led to numerous roles, together with the Gig Young-Shirley Jones comedy movie A Ticklish Affair, the Bonanza episode Hoss and the Leprechauns, and within the Star Trek pilot The Cage in 1965.
He later appeared in Planet of the Apes (1968), Demon Seed (1977) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He did stunt work in numerous large footage, together with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, The Golden Child and Batman Returns (1992), amongst many different movies.
On TV, he was an everyday performer for Sid and Marty Krofft on H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville.
Silla debuted on The Addams Family in 1965 in an episode the place a zookeeper needed to place him in a cage. The character was created by a producer and was not within the Charles Addams cartoons that have been the inspiration for the TV collection. Cousin Itt’s voice was additionally not Silla – as an alternative, it was offered by sound engineer Tony Magro in post-production.)
He went on to look as Cousin Itt 17 instances on the present, which grew to become a fan favourite largely in its limitless syndication run.
Survivors embody his spouse, Sue, whom he married in 1965, and their youngsters, Bonnie and Michael. No memorial plans have been introduced.
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