Felix Silla, finest often known as the gibberish-spouting Cousin Itt on the Sixties TV sitcom The Addams Household, died as we speak from pancreatic most cancers. He was 84 and died in Las Vegas, in keeping with a tweet from Gil Gerard, who costarred with him on the 1979-81 NBC collection Buck Rogers within the twenty fifth Century.
Silla donned a full-body hairpiece, sun shades and a bowler hat to realize the position of Cousin Itt, who may solely be understood by members of the Addams Household, due to his unusual mumbling. The position was one among 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.
One position the place he could possibly be seen was because the villain Litvak, who took on George Segal’s Sam Spade Jr. in The Maltese Falcon sequel The Black Fowl (1975).
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Born in Italy, Silla was just below 4 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 expertise and slight stature led to quite a few roles, together with the Gig Younger-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 quite a few massive footage, together with E.T. the Further-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, The Golden Youngster 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 Household 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 had been the inspiration for the TV collection. Cousin Itt’s voice was additionally not Silla – as a substitute, it was offered by sound engineer Tony Magro in post-production.)
He went on to seem as Cousin Itt 17 occasions on the present, which grew to become a fan favourite largely in its infinite syndication run.