Felix Silla dies at 84 after pancreatic cancer fight
Actor and stuntman Felix Silla has sadly died at the age of 84. The star, who played Cousin Itt on the original 1960s TV version of The Addams Family, died yesterday in Las Vegas.
Felix had been battling pancreatic cancer before his death, according to TMZ.
Gil Gerard, who acted alongside him on TV show Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, confirmed the heartbreaking news.
The US media outlet claimed Gil said he was sad to see his friend lose his cancer battle, but that he’s also glad Felix is no longer suffering from the disease.
Gil wrote 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.
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Felix’s character Cousin Itt was known by fans of The Addams Family for being covered in hair
Felix Silla had been battling pancreatic cancer before his death
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“I will miss him terribly, especially the great time we had at our panels. Just him telling me to , ‘go ‘ f ‘ myself’.”
He previously informed fans that Felix was going into a hospice.
Gil wrote: “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.”
Felix Silla also starred as Ewok in Star Wars
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Felix’s character Cousin Itt was known by fans of The Addams Family for being completely covered in hair with only a pair of feet showing and speaking in mumbles.
The 3’11” actor was also well known for playing Buck Rogers’ robot sidekick Twiki and an Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Alongside his acting career, Felix was also a very talented stuntman.
He showed off his incredible stunts in several hit films.
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Felix did stunt work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Batman Returns and Poltergeist.
He also starred in the original Planet of the Apes and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Felix was born in a village called Roccacasale in Italy on January 11, 1937.
He went on to move to the US in 1955.
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Felix was a trained circus performer when he arrived in the US.
He was skilled in bareback horse riding, trapeze, and tumbling – which helped to give him his big break in Hollywood.
Felix is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Sue, and their children, Bonnie and Michael.
Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the star following his death.
One person wrote: “Sad to hear about Felix Silla’s passing. I loved Twiki. He was the Ewok on the glider and Cousin Itt!”
Another added: “Rest In Peace to a Hollywood and Star Wars Legend. #felixsilla.”
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