Felix Silla, who played the mumbling, long-haired Cousin Itt on the 1960s television comedy “The Addams Family,” died Friday. He was 84…
Silla started off as a stunt man before he was cast as Cousin Itt, which gave him a recurring role.
Silla also appeared in “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” as Twiki, a robotic character, and also played a hang-gliding Ewok in 1983′s “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.”
…In a 2014 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Silla said his costume was originally made out of real human hair, which made it rather heavy — and combustible.
“All the guys on the set smoked,” Silla told the newspaper. “They just dropped their butts and stepped on them. The producers worried that I might step on a smoldering cigarette and go up in flames. They gave me synthetic hair, which was flame-retardant.”
…In 1963 he landed a role in “A Ticklish Affair,” and also appeared on “Bonanza” in the episode “Hoss and the Leprechauns.” In 1965, Silla appeared in “The Cage,” the first pilot for “Star Trek,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Silla also had small roles in “Planet of the Apes,” “Demon Seed” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Silla did stunt work in “The Towering Inferno,” “The Hindenburg,” “ET the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Poltergeist”, “Howard the Duck” and “Batman Returns,” according to IMDb.com.
I’m assuming that they were not being snarky about small roles. That’s quite a career; I think I’ve seen almost everything in the list.