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RIP Cousin Itt

Actor FELIX SILLA died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 84 years old.

Felix was a little person, and was best known for playing Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family” TV series in the ’60s . . . but not in the movies in the 1990s.  Itt was the little guy who was covered head-to-toe in hair, and spoke gibberish.

From 1979 to 1981, he played Twiki, the little robot, on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”.

He was also a hang-gliding Ewok in the third “Star Wars” movie “Return of the Jedi”, and he did stunts in films including “E.T.”“Poltergiest”, and “Batman Returns”.

Silla’s Cousin Itt costume was originally made out of real hair, but producers were worried he’d go up in flames because everyone on the set smoked, and they were always dropping their butts on the ground.  So they changed it to synthetic hair.

(Hollywood Reporter)