Stuntman and actor Felix Silla, best known for his role as Cousin Itt on The Addams family, unfortunately passed away. Silla, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, reportedly passed away Friday after battling pancreatic cancer. The news was revealed by Gil Gerard, Silla’s co-star on the NBC series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, with a poster on Twitter. Silla turned 84 years old.
“Felix passed away only a few hours ago and the only good thing I can draw from his death is that he hasn’t suffered anymore,” Gerard wrote. “I will miss him terribly, especially the great time we had on our panels. He just told me to ‘go’ myself.”
Janet Gerard, another of Silla’s friends, wrote in a tweet: “My heart is broken today. Felix Silla, known to many as Twiki, Cousin It, and a book full of iconic beloved roles, has passed away. He was a very dear one. friend, he made me laugh so much and I feel like there is just a hole in my heart. “
As an actor, Silla’s best-known role is one that kept his face completely obscured. Portraying cousin Itt op The Addams family, Silla had to wear a body-length hairpiece with sunglasses representing his eyes. The character also spoke unclearly about the show, although the other members of the Addams family never struggled to know what he was saying. The fan’s favorite character was later played by John Franklin in the 1991 movie and voiced by Snoop Dogg in the 2019 animated reboot.
“All the guys on the set smoked,” Silla said of his Cousin Itt costume in an interview with the LA Times in 2014. “They just dropped their asses and kicked it. The producers were concerned that I would step on a smoldering cigarette and go up in flames. They gave me synthetic hair, which was flame retardant.”
The actor is also known for playing the robot sidekick Twiki on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and for playing a hang gliding Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the JediWithout completely disguising herself, Silla was also able to play the villain Litvak opposite George Segal as Sam Spade Jr. in The black bird, the 1975 sequel to the classic movie The Maltese falcon
Silla was born in Roccacasale, Italy, on January 11, 1937. After moving to the United States in 1955, he toured for several years with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a trapeze artist and bottlenose dolphin. In the early 1960s, he started working as a Hollywood stuntman, which led to his roles in several movies and TV shows. His job credits include Planet of the apse Spaceballs, and The Kentucky Fried Movie, while also appearing in shows, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville
A fan favorite at conventions, Silla’s death has left fans everywhere in mourning in the wake of the news. The actor’s survivors include his wife, Sue, whom he had been married to since 1965, along with their children, Bonnie and Michael. Our thoughts are with them during this painful time. May Silla rest in peace. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.