'The Addams Family' Actor Felix Silla Dies Aged 84 — Details Revealed
"The Addams" family actor Felix Silla died at 84 on Friday after battling cancer. His co-star confirmed his passing on Twitter.
Felix Silla, who played Cousin Itt on the 1960s TV series "The Addams Family," passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, as his manager, Tim Beal, confirmed to CNN.
The actor was supposed to go into hospice care on Thursday, as his friend of 40 years and co-star Gil Gerard shared on Twitter that he had spoken to Silla and his family before his death.
The two had been co-stars in the 1979 action movie "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The men were very close and would attend conventions and talk on panels together.
Gerard confirmed his death on Twitter on Friday. He wrote that the only good aspect of his passing was that he would no longer be in pain. Gerard's tweet read:
"The only good I can draw from his passing is that he didn’t suffer any longer. I will miss him terribly, especially the great time we had at our panels."
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you all that my dear friend of over forty years, Felix Silla, is dying of pancreatic cancer. I spoke briefly with him and his family last night and they tell me that he’s going into hospice care today. Prayers .— Gil Gerard (@Gil_Gerard) April 16, 2021
Many fans of both Gerard and Silla replied to Gerard's tweet with their fondest memories of the two actors. Many users shared photos they had of themselves meeting Silla at different conventions.
Besides playing the hairy character who wore sunglasses and a bowler hat, Silla had a few other unseen roles. He played an Ewok in 1983's "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi."
After he arrived in the US from his home country of Italy, Silla joined the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Felix died just a few hours ago and the only good I can draw from his passing is that he didn’t suffer any longer. I will miss him terribly, especially the great time we had at our panels. Just him telling me to ,” go ‘ f ‘ myself”. 😢— Gil Gerard (@Gil_Gerard) April 16, 2021
Another notable role of his was in "Buck Rogers," where he played robot Twiki. The Science Fiction Archives shared that they would be keeping Silla's memory alive in an upcoming exhibition, as they have his original Twiki suit.
We are lucky to have one of the original Twiki's suit. We will keep Felix memory alive in our up coming exhibition.— ScienceFictionArchives.com (@SciFi_Archives) April 17, 2021
RIP Felix Silla pic.twitter.com/rUTwO34Q0X
Before he found his movie career, in 1955, after he arrived in the US from his home country of Italy, Silla joined the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a tumbler and trapeze artist.
He then went to Hollywood in 1962 and started his career as a stuntman. He picked up a few roles in films such as "A Ticklish Affair" and "Hoss and the Leprechauns" because of his short stature and skills.
Silla was under four feet, which scored him a few typecasted roles. However, his skills and acting ability were always front and center, especially when he debuted on "The Addams Family."
Silla is survived by his wife, Sue. They married in 1965. They had two children together, Bonnie and Michael. Michael passed away in 2020 at the age of 45.