Felix Silla

Biography

Date of Birth 11 January 1937, Rome, Italy Birth Name Felix Anthony Silla Height 3' 11" (1.19 m) Mini Biography Felix Silla was born on January 11, 1937 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 Show. 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 the maniacal, miniature Hitler who menaces George Segal in "The Black Bird" and Cousin Itt on the long-running TV series, "The Addams Family." He had doubled--often for children--in such hits as "The Towering Inferno," "The Hindenberg," and "Battlestar Galactica." Between movies, he frequently appears in Las Vegas and Reno night clubs with his own musical combo, "The Original Harmonica Band." Silla and wife Susan--a "little person," like himself--have been married since 1965 and have two children, Bonnie and Michael. Spouse Sue (? - present) Trivia When he arrived in the United States at age 16, he spoke not a word of English and had no formal acting experience, but credits joining the Ringling Bros. circus with teaching him both language and performance skills, working first in the sideshow and then becoming skilled as both a clown and a bareback rider. His audition for his most famous role, television's "Cousin Itt" of The Addams Family, was as mysterious to him at the time as the popular character would soon be to millions of viewers. Arriving at the studio, he received little more than a quick looking over by the director and producer, who merely said "That's Itt!" and told him to come back Monday morning and report for work. He returned home for the weekend, pleased to have passed the audition but still completely unaware of who (or what)he had been hired to portray on "The Addams Family". Not until Monday morning, just hours before he made his debut as "Cousin Itt", did he have any idea as to the nature of the character. Although the character of Cousin Itt did not debut on "The Addams Family" until over a third of the way through the entire series, Silla's delightfully odd and inspired 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", even though the character was a creation of television producer David Levy and not part of the original Charles Addams cartoons (neither was the character of "Thing"). Was almost killed while working as the stunt double for "Short Round" in "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" during the filming of the river rapids scene. The life raft in which he was riding flipped over in the turbulent water and he was trapped underneath it for some time with a faulty inflatable life vest, nearly drowning until a safety diver could reach him and pull him to safety. His favorite role is that of "Litvak", the maniacal foe of George Seagal in 1975's "The Black Bird". Father of Bonnie and Michael, with his wife, Sue. Met Claire Brennen on the set of She Freak (1967). They had a nine-year relationship and managed to keep it a secret for all of those years despite the fact that she bore him a son. Where Are They Now (January 2011) Appeared at the 2011 Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Little Cigars

Frankie

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The Black Bird

Litvak

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The Legend of Galgameth

Little Galgy

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Halloween with the New Addams Family

Cousin Itt

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Mastermind

Schatzi

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Black Samurai: Agent For Dragon

Rheinhardt

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She Freak

Shorty

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Twiki - body

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Justine

Child Prostitute (uncredited)

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The April Fools

Waiter at Safari Club (uncredited)

Starring In
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The Legend of Galgameth

Little Galgy

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Bewitched: The Complete Eighth Season

Goblin

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Batman Returns

Emperor Penguin

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Spaceballs

Dink

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House

Little Critter

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The Dungeonmaster

Desert Bandit (segment "Desert Pursuit") (as Felix Cilla)

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Meatballs Part II

Meathead the Alien

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Ewok

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The Sting II

Ringside man taking bets (uncredited)

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Geheimauftrag Hollywood

Hotel Rainbow Guest

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The Brood

Creature

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Twiki - body

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The Manitou

Misquamacus

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Halloween with the New Addams Family

Cousin Itt

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The Kentucky Fried Movie

Crazed Clown (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")

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Demon Seed

Baby

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Black Samurai: Agent For Dragon

Rheinhardt

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Mastermind

Schatzi

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The Black Bird

Litvak

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Sssssss

Sam Lee, the Seal Boy

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Little Cigars

Frankie

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Creature

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Pufnstuf

Polkadotted Horse

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Justine

Child Prostitute (uncredited)

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The April Fools

Waiter at Safari Club (uncredited)

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Planet of the Apes

Child Gorilla (uncredited)

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She Freak

Shorty

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