Other Trek alumni who worked on this show are Vic Perrin, Don Marshall, Seamon Glass, Frank Gorshin, James Sloyan, Jay Robinson, Ray Walston, Earl Boen, Michael Ansara, Alfred Ryder, Sid Haig, Julie Newmar, Barbara Luna, David Opatoshu, Lance LeGault, Mark Lenard, Paul Carr, Harry Townes, Anthony James, Billy Curtis, Walker Edmiston, writer D.C. Fontana, and director Vincent McEveety. He filmed his scene on Friday 11 December 1964 at Desilu Culver Stage 15. Pufnstuf, appeared as Lucifer on the original Battlestar Galactica (in which role he played alongside John Colicos, Ed Begley, Jr., Reggie Nalder, George Murdock, Arlene Martel, and Larry Cedar and which was directed by Richard Colla), and played an Ewok in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. I have one picture of me from Star Trek. We wore these weird bubblehead things. Silla is one a rare group of actors who have had roles in each of the largest science fiction sagas: the original 1966 Star Trek, the original Battlestar Galactica, and the final movie of the Star Wars original trilogy, Return of the Jedi . Politician, lawyer, and civil rights activist, Stacey Abrams... We’ve been very fortunate in our time writing Star Trek comi... An email will not be created automatically. Silla, a man who's been a part of The Addams Family as Cousin Itt, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as Twiki, Return of the Jedi as a hang-gliding Ewok, and also appeared in Battlestar Galactica, a Tim Burton Batman film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and so many more movies and TV shows, has the distinction … He was also Noah Hathaway's stunt-double. In the Original Series, Silla was the person inside the costume of the character Lucifer, which was voiced by Jonathan Harris. They have two children, Bonnie and Michael. Another of Silla's famous roles is Litvak in the 1975 film The Black Bird, co-starring Elisha Cook and Vic Tayback. He filmed his scene on Friday 11 December 1964 at Desilu Culver Stage 15. What else do you recall about your time on the episode?I remember that Jeffrey Hunter was there. The Star Trek entry on Felix Silla's resume is really just a blip, but what a blip. It's not me." Training as a circus performer, Silla came to the United States in 1955. They finally found one. The character of Cousin Itt was later portrayed on the big screen by John Franklin. Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page. Felix Silla was born on January 11, 1937 in a small village outside Rome, Italy. He did not receive credit for this role. Once in America, he toured with the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Felix Anthony Silla (born 11 January 1937; age 83) is an actor and stuntman who appeared as a Talosian in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot "The Cage". Silla also had a large number of science fiction genre appearances, including portraying Twiki in Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century, the child gorilla in the original Planet of the Apes, an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and a Talosian in the original pilot for Star Trek. They kept sending me all these photos, and I kept saying, "No. We went to lunch every day at the commissary and then we used to do like sign language to each other, the little guys, but we didn't even know what the hell we were talking about. The email will only be created once you click on the "Send Email" button. In both of these cases, Silla wore his character's costume, while another actor provided the character's voice (Tony Magro for Itt, Mel Blanc and Bob Elyea for Twiki). It took almost two years to finally find this photo that I have. Silla, a man who's been a part of The Addams Family as Cousin Itt, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as Twiki, Return of the Jedi as a hang-gliding Ewok, and also appeared in Battlestar Galactica, a Tim Burton Batman film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and so many more movies and TV shows, has the distinction of appearing as a Talosian in the first Star Trek: The Original Series pilot, "The Cage." Silla has been married to his wife Susan since 1965. He is also known for playing the robot Twiki in the science fiction series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, co-starring with Tim O'Connor and Eric Server. That's his bit. CBS Entertainment | This site and its contents ® & © 2020 CBS Studios Inc. © 2020 CBS Television Distribution and CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. I never imagined that, 53 years later, people were going to talk about me being on Star Trek, or asking me to sign that photo, you know? 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. 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, which co-starred fellow TOS guest actor Ted Cassidy. By subscribing to the Star Trek newsletter, which may include personalized offers from our advertising partners, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data collection and usage practices outlined in our Privacy Policy. He appears... walking down a corridor. It was like they grew around our face, around our ears. Royal Mail Debuts Official Star Trek Stamps, WATCH: Star Trek: The Pod Directive Chats With Stacey Abrams, The Star Trek Halloween 2020 Product Guide. Silla's stunt work consists primarily of feature films, including Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973, with France Nuyen, Paul Williams, David Gerrold, music by Leonard Rosenman, and cinematography by Richard H. Kline), The Towering Inferno (1974, with Elizabeth Rogers, Paul Comi, and John Crawford), Robert Wise's The Hindenburg (1975, with Rene Auberjonois, Alan Oppenheimer, and Vic Perrin), E.T. Felix Anthony Silla (born 11 January 1937; age 83) is an actor and stuntman who appeared as a Talosian in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot " The Cage ". So, it’s 53 years later and now Star Trek is one of things – like with The Addams Family and Buck Rogers – that people come up to me at my table and talk about and say, "Oh, I grew up with you.” I love it.Star Trek Las Vegas will be held August 2-6 at the Rio Suites Hotel. His talents with horses and as an acrobat brought him to the attention of Hollywood where he relocated to work as a stuntman. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Poltergeist (1982, with Allan Graf, music by Jerry Goldsmith, and cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti), and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Go to www.creationent.com for details. He did not receive credit for this role. Silla frequently appears in Las Vegas with his musical group, "The Original Harmonica Band.". Felix Silla. Silla is one a rare group of actors who have had roles in each of the largest science fiction sagas: the original 1966 Star Trek, the original Battlestar Galactica, and the final movie of the Star Wars original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. I remember that when we went to lunch we didn't even have a chance to talk to each other because we could not hear each other talking. He was the main actor, and he was a wonderful man, professional guy and really nice, but I was brand-new in the business. From Battlestar Wiki, the free, open content Battlestar Galactica encyclopedia and episode guide, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Worlds of Felix Silla (Official Site), Felix Silla interview on his part as Lucifer, https://www.battlestarwiki.org/index.php?title=Felix_Silla&oldid=224519. The Star Trek entry on Felix Silla's resume is really just a blip, but what a blip. Felix Silla (born January 11, 1937 near Rome, Italy) is an Italian-American television and movie actor and former circus performer. And remember, NBC rejected the pilot, which few people ever saw until, first, Gene Roddenberry showed a B&W version of it at conventions, and, then, when the color iteration of "The Cage" at long last reached home video. There were two or three little guys, and the makeup was crazy. Silla (shown at left in the article photo) was born with dwarfism. This page was last edited on 2 July 2020, at 04:22. Felix Silla (born January 11, 1937 near Rome, Italy) is an Italian-American television and movie actor and former circus performer. 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. Here's what he had to say...If we’ve got our facts straight, you’re retired, living in Las Vegas and spend many a weekend attending conventions and autograph shows. He was more recently a stunt actor on 1992's Batman Returns (co-starring Diane Salinger, Vincent Schiavelli, Sean Whalen, and Biff Yeager), in which he played an emperor penguin, one of the Penguin's "henchbirds". Like I said, man, I just went along, I did my job, and that's it. Sound about right? He has also acted in a number of films, including Point Blank (1967, with Sharon Acker, Sid Haig, James B. Sikking, and Michael Strong), the original Planet of the Apes (1968, with James Daly, Lou Wagner, Paul Lambert, Billy Curtis, Jane Ross, music by Jerry Goldsmith, and designs by Wah Chang), Black Samurai (1977, with Biff Yeager), Demon Seed (1977, co-starring Gerrit Graham, Davis Roberts, Fritz Weaver, and, in a bit part, Michael Dorn), The Manitou (1978, with Michael Ansara), The Brood (1979, starring Samantha Eggar), Meatballs Part II (1984, starring Hamilton Camp and John Larroquette), House (1986, with Michael Ensign and Steve Susskind), and as a Dink in Mel Brooks' popular 1987 sci-fi spoof Spaceballs (featuring Tim Russ and Leslie Bevis).