Cousin Itt

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Cousin Itt
The Addams Family character
First appearance"Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family" (1965)[1]
Created byDavid Levy
Charles Addams
Portrayed byFelix Silla (1964–1966, 1977)
John Franklin (1991–1993)
David Mylrea (1998–1999)
Phil Fondacaro (1998)
Voiced byTony Magro (1964–1966)
John Stephenson (1972–1973)
Pat Fraley (1992–1993)
Paul Dobson (1998–1999)
Snoop Dogg (2019)

Cousin Itt is a fictional character in the Addams Family television and film series. He was developed specifically for the 1964 television series The Addams Family, and is a regular supporting character in subsequent motion picture, television, and stage adaptations.

Character background[edit]

Cousin Itt is a diminutive, hirsute being, his visible form composed entirely of floor-length hair, often accompanied by a bowler hat and sunglasses, and he speaks in high-pitched gibberish that is understood only by other family members.[2] As he was created specifically for the television series,[3] illustrations of the character by cartoonist Charles Addams followed the show's debut, first in a single-panel sketch showing Itt on the telephone ("This is It speaking"),[4] and later in family-portrait artwork.[5][6] He drives a Messerschmitt Kabinenroller.



Cousin Itt is introduced in the television series as the cousin of family patriarch Gomez Addams. He is an occasional guest in the Addams' home, entering and exiting through the chimney, though he has his own quarters that are furnished in proportion to his size. The character's role in the series is his vainly attempting a multitude of professions such as an actor,[7] a singer, a marriage counselor,[8] and a zoo curator,[1] while his physical appearance is the subject of one episode in which he begins losing his hair.[9] Cousin Itt appeared in 19 total episodes of the original series and was played by Felix Silla, except for his last two appearances in which he was played by Roger Arroyo. Silla attended a casting call in Los Angeles and was given the role on the spot without having to audition.[3] The character's heavy costume was first constructed with real hair but later changed to a fire-retardant synthetic, as smoking on the set was common and therefore presented a fire hazard.[3] Silla's instructions were simply to walk around on the set, as Itt's voice (provided by sound engineer Tony Magro)[10] was dubbed in post-production, but he often had difficulty seeing through the costume during shooting.[11]

The character appears with the other family members in a September 23, 1972 crossover episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, titled "Wednesday Is Missing".[12] He was voiced by John Stephenson, who returned to the role in the 1973 Hanna-Barbera animated series. In the 1992 animated series, Itt (voiced by Pat Fraley) is depicted as a carefree bachelor who is often seen in the company of female companions. He is also a secret agent that is often targeted by the Spy Twins.


In the 1991 feature film The Addams Family, Cousin Itt (spelled "It" therein, and performed and voiced by John Franklin)[11] has a minor role in which he becomes infatuated with Margaret Alford (Dana Ivey), the mistreated wife of the Addamses' crooked lawyer Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), when he meets her at a party and asks her to dance. By the end of the film, Margaret remarried Cousin Itt sometime after Tully and Abigail Craven (Elizabeth Wilson) are defeated and buried alive.[13] They are shown to still be together in Addams Family Values and are the parents of a miniature version of It named "What." The three of them alongside their nanny Dementia attend Pubert Addams' first birthday party.[14]

In the 1998 direct-to-video film Addams Family Reunion, Itt (performed by Phil Fondacaro) is pursued by a mutant dog invented by Uncle Fester that feeds on human hair.

Cousin Itt (also spelled "It") appears in the 2019 animated film voiced by Snoop Dogg. He is portrayed as being smaller in this incarnation than in any other, being shorter than Pugsley. Cousin Itt arrives at Pugsley's Sabre Mazurka alongside the rest of the Addams Family's relatives.


Family tree[edit]

Addams family tree
Grandmama[i][n 1]
Debbie Jellinsky[n 2]Uncle Fester[i]Cousin Itt[i]Margaret Alford[n 2]Tully Alford
Mal Beineke[n 3]Alice Beineke[n 3]Gomez AddamsMorticia Addams
(née Frump)
Lucas Beineke[iii]Wednesday Addams[i][iv][v]Pugsley Addams[i]Pubert Addams[vi][n 2]
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Altogether Ooky: The Addams Family Tree". Family Tree Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Morticia Addams: A Witch Icon Worthy Of All The Praise". SyFy Wire. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Addams Family on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Here's how Wednesday Addams got her name". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Many Shades of Wednesday Addams". The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "11 things you never knew about Addams Family Values". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  1. ^ In the Broadway musical The Addams Family, Morticia refers to Grandmama as Gomez and Uncle Fester's mother,
    to which Gomez reacts with surprise and says that he had thought she was Morticia's mother. Morticia later says that
    Grandmama "may not even be part of this family", referencing Grandmama's ever-changing relation to the family.
  2. ^ a b c Established in the 1993 film Addams Family Values.
  3. ^ a b Established in the Broadway musical The Addams Family.


Two plant species native to eastern Australia, Casuarina glauca and Acacia cognata, both have had cultivar developed called "Cousin Itt" due to their short size and shaggy appearance.[2][15]


  1. ^ a b Wilson, Tony; Sharp, Henry (writers) (February 5, 1965). "Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family". The Addams Family (Television episode). Season 01. Episode 20. ABC.
  2. ^ a b Siskin, Joshua (August 28, 2017). "Gardening: 'Cousin Itt' is where it's at for water thrifty gardeners". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Glionna, John M. (November 2, 2014). "Felix Silla, a.k.a. Cousin Itt, looks back on a kooky career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Addams, Charles. "This is It speaking". Reprinted on TV Tropes. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Addams, Charles (1991). The World of Charles Addams. Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0394588223. (book cover)
  6. ^ "The Bruce Museum to Host Original Cartoon Artworks of Charles Addams". Art Knowledge News. Archived from the original on January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Leslie, Phil (writer) (September 17, 1965). "My Fair Cousin Itt". The Addams Family (Television episode). Season 02. Episode 01. ABC.
  8. ^ Winkler, Harry; Coons, Hannibal (writers) (May 7, 1965). "Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor". The Addams Family (Television episode). Season 01. Episode 32. ABC.
  9. ^ Henning, Carol; Ring, Ed; Persons, Mitch (story), Leslie, Phil (teleplay) (April 30, 1965). "Cousin Itt's Problem". The Addams Family (Television episode). Season 02. Episode 06. ABC.
  10. ^ Lentz III, Harris M. (2005). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2004. McFarland & Company. p. 220. ISBN 0786421037.
  11. ^ a b Cox, Stephen (1998). The Addams Chronicles: An Altogether Ooky Look at the Addams Family. Cumberland House Publishing (2nd Edition). ISBN 1888952911.
  12. ^ William Hanna, Joseph Barbera (directors); Jameson Brewer, Ruth Brooks Flippen, et al. (writers) (September 23, 1972). "Wednesday is Missing". The New Scooby-Doo Movies (Television episode). Season 01. Episode 03. ABC.
  13. ^ Sonnenfeld, Barry (director) (1991). The Addams Family (Motion picture).
  14. ^ Sonnenfeld, Barry (director) (1993). Addams Family Values (Motion picture).
  15. ^ Hitchcock, Bobbie (2005). "Casuarina glauca prostrate forms — including Casuarina 'Cousin It'". Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved January 20, 2018.