Meet Felix Silla

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Felix Silla is an actor and stuntman. Hailing from a small village outside Rome, Italy, the 3'11'' tall Silla began his career in show business as a circus performer and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus following his arrival in the United States in 1955. In the early 1960s, he broke into acting and stuntwork.

Felix appeared as a Talosian in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot ''The Cage'', filmed in 1964.

One of Silla's best-known roles in that of the short, hair-covered, gibberish-speaking Cousin Itt on the classic 1960s television series The Addams Family. Another of Silla's famous roles is Litvak in the 1975 film The Black Bird. He is also known for playing the robot Twiki in the science fiction series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. In both of these cases, Silla wore his character's costume, while another actor provided the character's voice. In addition to these roles, Silla was a regular performer on H.R. Pufnstuf, appeared as Lucifer on the original Battlestar Galactica, and played an Ewok in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Besides Star Trek, Silla made guest appearances on such television programs as Petticoat Junction, The Monkees, Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Married... with Children. He has also acted in a number of films, including Point Blank (1967), the original Planet of the Apes (1968), Black Samurai (1977), Demon Seed (1977), The Manitou (1978), The Brood (1979), Meatballs Part II (1984), House (1986), and as a Dink in Mel Brooks' popular 1987 sci-fi spoof Spaceballs.

Silla's stunt work consists primarily of feature films, including Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Hindenburg (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Poltergeist (1982), and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He was more recently a stunt actor on 1992's Batman Returns in which he played an emperor penguin, one of the Penguin's ''henchbirds''.


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