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Felix Silla

The Addams Family, Buck Rogers, Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, Return of the Jedi
Actor, Stuntman
2nd Floor Room F

Felix Silla is an Italian film and television actor and stuntman, best known for his role as Cousin Itt on television’s The Addams Family, and many other classic character roles.

Silla was born in a small village outside Rome, Italy. Silla trained as a circus performer, came to the United States in 1955, and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His multiple talents as a bareback rider, trapeze artist and tumbler brought him to Hollywood, where he became a stuntman, starting with the Gig Young-Shirley Jones vehicle, A Ticklish Affair.

His most famous role was television’s Cousin Itt of The Addams Family. Although the character of Cousin Itt did not debut on The Addams Family until almost a third of the way through the entire series, Silla’s performance of the character made him so popular that Cousin Itt was carried over into both the animated series and the motion picture versions of The Addams Family.

He was also responsible for the physical performance of the robot Twiki in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. On Saturday morning television, he could be seen as Colonel Poom in Lidsville and The Polka Dot Horse in H.R. Pufnstuf. In film, he played one of the Ewoks in the movie Return of the Jedi, one of the Emperor Penguins in Batman Returns, a child gorilla in Planet of the Apes, and Dink in Spaceballs.

In part due to his short stature of 1.19 m (3 ft 11 in), he has often doubled for children in such movies as The Towering Inferno, The Hindenburg, and Battlestar Galactica. He also provided the voice of Mortimer Goth from The Sims 2, the best-selling video game of 2005. Between movies, he frequently appears in Las Vegas and Reno night clubs with his own musical combo, The Original Harmonica Band.

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