A longtime resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Silla reportedly died on Friday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The news was revealed by Gil Gerard, Silla’s co-star on the NBC series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, with a poster on Twitter.
“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.'”
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
As an actor, Silla’s most well-known role is one that kept his face completely obscured. Portraying Cousin Itt on The Addams Family, Silla had to wear a body-length hairpiece with a pair of sunglasses representing his eyes.
The actor is also known for playing the robot sidekick Twiki on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and for playing a hang-gliding Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Without a full-body disguise, Silla could also be seen playing the villain Litvak opposite George Segal as Sam Spade Jr. in The Black Bird, the 1975 sequel to the classic movie The Maltese Falcon.
Silla was born in Roccacasale, Italy, on January 11th, 1937. After relocating to the United States in 1955, he toured for several years with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a trapeze artist and tumbler. By the early 1960s, he had begun working as a stuntman in Hollywood, leading to his roles in various movies and TV shows.
His other feature credits include Planet of the Apes, Spaceballs, and The Kentucky Fried Movie, while he’s also appeared in shows including H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville.
Felix Silla, you may now rest in peace.