Buck Rogers ♦ The Addams Family(TV Series) ♦ Batman Returns ♦ Star Trek ♦ H.R. Pufnstuf ♦ Star Wars: Episode VI
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 Circus. 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 “Litvak,” the maniacal, miniature Hitler who menaces George Segal in The Black Bird (his favorite role), and “Cousin Itt” on the long-running TV series, The Addams Family. He was also responsible for the physical performance of the robot “Twiki” in the TV show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a role for which the voice was supplied by Mel Blanc or Bob Elyea.
In part due to his short stature of 1.19 m (3 ft 11 in), he has doubled, often for children, in such movies as The Towering Inferno, The Hindenburg, and Battlestar Galactica. Between movies, he frequently appears in Las Vegas and Reno nightclubs 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.