Silla in 2007
Felix Anthony Silla
11 January 1937
|Occupation||Film, television actor, circus performer, stuntman.|
Felix Anthony Silla (born Roccacasale, L'Aquila - Italy, January 11, 1937), also credited as Felix Cilla, is an Italian-born American film and television actor and stuntman, known for his role as the costumed character of "Cousin Itt" on television's The Addams Family, with the voice usually provided by Anthony Magro (1923–2004). Silla also appeared in many other classic character roles.
Biography and career overview
Silla was born in the small village of Roccacasale, 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 best-known roles are Litvak, the maniacal, miniature Hitler who menaces George Segal in The Black Bird (his favorite role), and Cousin Itt on the TV show, 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, 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 has often doubled for children in such movies as The Towering Inferno, The Hindenburg, and Battlestar Galactica. Between movies, he frequently appears in Las Vegas and Reno night clubs with his own musical combo, "The Original Harmonica Band".
His most famous role was television's "Cousin Itt" of The Addams Family. The character was not part of Charles Addams original comic, but was introduced in the television series by Addams Family producer David Levy. 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 various media including both the animated series and the motion picture versions of The Addams Family. He provided the voice of Mortimer Goth from The Sims 2, the best-selling video game of 2005. He also played an Ewok in the film Return of the Jedi and had a small roll in the indie film Characterz.
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- Glionna, John M (2014-11-02). "Felix Silla, a.k.a. Cousin Itt, looks back on a kooky career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
- "They Don't Come Much Bigger." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. March 7, 2006.
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