The Addams Family

THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66 (Little Person)

Uncle Itt (Felix Silla) , a dwarfish relative (covered head to toe with hair) who visited from time-to-time at the macabre home of eccentric millionaires, Gomez (John Astin) and Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones) who live at 000 Cemetery Lane, Cemetery Ridge, USA.

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Cousin Itt spoke in a strange high-pitch garbled language that only the Addams’ could understand. He wears a hat, sunglasses and gloves. When Gomez asks Cousin Itt what is underneath all the hair, Cousin Itt replies, “Roots.”

Points of interest about Cousin Itt:

  • IQ of 300
  • Spoke with a normal voice after taking elocution lessons (one episode only)
  • Enters and exits the Addams’ Mansion through their chimney
  • Talents include acting, singing and marriage counseling
  • He is a womanizing bachelor
  • His guest room in the Addams’ Mansion has a low ceiling and tiny furniture to accommodate his size
  • Dated Morticia Addams’ sister, Ophelia

The Cousin Itt character returned on the 1998-1999 syndicated series THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY and continued to appear in the spin-off movies The Addams Family (1991) where he romances a married woman named Margaret Alford; Addams Family Values (1993) where Cousin Itt marries Margaret who gives birth to a baby boy named “What” Addams – a tiny hairy version of his father; and Addams Family Reunion (1998) wherein Cousin Itt is attacked by Butcher, a dog invented by Uncle Fester.

Other actors to play the Cousin Itt character:

  • John Franklin (The Addams Family – 1991 film)
  • John Franklin (Addams Family Values – 1993 film)
  • Dan Mylrea (The New Addams Family – 1998-1999 TV series)
  • Phil Fondacaro (Addams Family Reunion –¬† 1998 film)

Cousin Itt also appeared in the 1972 cartoon series THE NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES (episode “Scooby Doo Meets The Addams Family”) and THE ADDAMS FAMILY: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1992-1993).

Note: Born on January 11, 1937 in Rome, Lazio, Italy, Felix Silla emigrated to America when he was sixteen. He found work with the Ringling Brothers Circus in New York and later traveled to California to work in show business. He has worked as Commodore P.O.P., a mascot for the Pacific Ocean Park amusement park; performed as a costumed character for Sid and Marty Krofft’s Saturday-morning programs LIDSVILLE and H.R. PUFNSTUF; and as Twiki, the tiny robot companion on BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY.

Felix Silla reprised his role as Cousin Itt in the 1973 TV Movie The Addams Family Fun House; and the 1977 holiday TV Movie Halloween with the New Addams Family.

See also: The New Addams Family ; External Link – LA Times article on Felix Silla

 

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