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Felice Anthony Silla

(1937-01-11)January 11, 1937
Roccacasale, Abruzzo, Italy
Died April 16, 2021(2021-04-16) (aged 84)
  • Actor
  • stuntman
Years active 1955–2019
Sue Silla
(m. 1965)
Children 4

Felix Anthony Silla (January 11, 1937 – April 16, 2021), also credited as Felix Cilla, was an Italian character actor, circus performer, voice artist and movie stuntman, best known for his career in Hollywood in TV and film.

Silla started his career in the circus, but is best known from television's The Addams Family as Cousin Itt, a costumed character. Itt was added exclusively for the TV series, and was not in Charles Addams original comic series. The character's voice was provided by series director Nat Perrin and Anthony Magro.

Silla featured in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi as one of the hang glider Ewoks.

He was also a voice artist on The Sims 2 video game.


Early life and circus career

Felix Silla was born in the small village of Roccacasale, Abruzzo, Italy. He trained as a circus performer and came to the United States aged 18, in 1955, touring with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His multiple talents as a bareback horse rider, trapeze artist, and tumbler brought him to Hollywood, where he became a stuntman, appearing in the film, A Ticklish Affair.

Film and television

His best-known roles include Litvak, the maniacal, miniature Hitler who menaces George Segal in film The Black Bird (his favorite role). He was also responsible for the physical performance of the robot Twiki in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a role for which the voice was supplied by Mel Blanc or Bob Elyea.

In part due to his short stature of 1.19 m (3 ft 11 in), he often doubled for children in such movies as The Towering Inferno, The Hindenburg, and Battlestar Galactica as well as Meatballs 2 as the alien. Between movies, he frequently appeared in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, night clubs with his own musical combo, The Original Harmonica Band.

Voice-art work

Silla provided the voice for the video game The Sims 2 as Mortimer Goth 2005.

Famous characters

The Addams Family: Cousin Itt

Silla became famous however as the recurring costumed character of Cousin Itt on television's The Addams Family. The character was not part of Charles Addams's original comic, but was introduced in the original black and white television series by producer David Levy, debuting in the 1965 first-season episode "Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family", and appearing in a total of 19 episodes, 17 which feature Silla and 2 with Roger Arroyo over the course of the show's two seasons. The character's voice was usually provided by studio sound engineer Anthony Magro (1923–2004). The character became so popular it was carried over to subsequent licensed media including film, stage and video games.

Star Wars: Ewoks

He played one of the hang glider Ewoks in the film Star Wars Return of the Jedi in 1983.

He also was the body actor for the robot Twiki in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


Felix Silla died on April 16, 2021, from pancreatic cancer at the age of 84, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Filmography (as Actor)

name year role
Bonanza (TV series) 1963 Sean
Grimdl (TV series) 1963 Flaged
Petticoat Junction (TV series) 1965 Baron Munchin
The Addams Family (original TV series) 1965-1966 (17 episodes) Cousin Itt. (costumed character)
Star Trek (TV series) Talosian (uncredited)
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV series) 1966 Circus Performer
The Monkees (TV series) 1967 Willy the Midget
She Freak (film) 1967 Shorty
Point Blank (film) 1967 Bellhop
Planet of the Apes (film) 1968 Child Gorilla
The April Fools (film) 1969 Waiter at Safari Club
Justine 1969 Child ...
H.R. Pufnstuf (TV series) 1969-1970 Polka Dotted Horse - Various Characters
Pufnstuf (film version, based on above) 1970 Polka Dotted Horse
Bewitched (TV series) 1967/1970 Goblin/Troll
Night Gallery (TV series) 1971 Baby New Year (uncredited)
Lidsville (TV series) 1971-1972 Colonel Poom
Little Cigars (film) 1973 Frankie
Sssssss (film) 1973 Sam Lee the Seal Boy
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (TV movie) 1973 Creature
Lincoln (TV miniseries) 1974 General Tom Thumb
The Black Bird (film) 1975 Litvak
Mastermind 1975 Scahatzi
Black Samurai (film) 1976 Little Hitman Reinhardt
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV series) 1977 Chuck
Demon Seed (film) 1977 Baby
The Kentucky Fried Movie (film) 1977 Crazed Clown
Halloween with the New Addams Family (TV movie) 1977 Cousin Itt.
The Manitou 1978 Misquamacus
The Lord of the Rings (voice) 1979 Character actor
Battlestar Gactica (TV series) 1978-1979 Lucifer
Buck in the 25th Century 1979-1981 Twiki (body)
Under the Rainbow (film) 1981 Hotel Rainbow Guest
Mork and Mindy (TV series) 1981 Orkan Porter
The Sting II (film) 1983 Ringside man taking bets
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (film) 1983 Ewok
Meatballs Part II 1984 Meathead the Alien
The Dungeonmaster(credited here as 'Felix Cilla 1984 Desert Bandit
The Dukes of Hazard (TV series) 1985 THe Visitor
House 1985 Little Critter
Spaceballs 1987 Dink
Ghostbusters II (film) 1989 Courtroom Spectator
Married... With Children 1990 Alien
Batman Returns (film) 1992 Emperor Penguin
The Legend of Galgameth 1996 Little Galgy
CHARACTERZ 2016 Don Cluff
Meet Slate (TV miniseries) 2018 Bitcoin

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Felix Silla para niños

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