Felix Silla, an Italian-born actor best known for his role as Cousin Itt in the American television series The Addams Family, died Friday at the age of 84, Fox News reported.
Gil Gerard, one of the actor’s close friends and former co-stars, revealed the news in a tweet Friday.
“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,” Gerard wrote in a tweet. “I will miss him terribly, especially the great time we had at our panels. Just him telling me to, ‘go ‘f’ myself.”
Gerard, who shared the screen with Silla on NBC’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, said the actor had been battling pancreatic cancer.
A legend lost
In a post to Twitter earlier Friday, Gerard said Silla was set to go into hospice care later that day.
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
According to Fox, Silla was born in 1937 and first came to the U.S. at age 18 while traveling with a circus troupe. He later did stuntwork before moving into acting.
Fox reports that Silla was credited for roles including as a robot in Buck Rogers, “a hang-gliding Ewok in the 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi,” and in the TV pilot for Star Trek: The Original Series.
Before retiring, Silla also landed roles in films like Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Fox noted. He starred in The Addams Family in the 1960s, according to ABC News.
“So many stories”
A representative for Silla told ABC Saturday that the actor “knew a lot about making characters come to life,” even “with no dialogue.”
“He had so many stories, from starting out in the circus, to so many classic television shows either doing stunts or playing a character,” Bonnie Vent added.
According to Fox, Silla is survived by his wife of over 55 years and two of their three children.