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Billy Barty

Billy Barty

Highest Rated: 100% Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Lowest Rated: 0% Under the Rainbow (1981)

Birthday: Oct 25, 1924

Birthplace: Millsboro, Pennsylvania, USA

A gleeful, often rascally presence in features and on television for over six decades, actor Billy Barty was unquestionably one of the most recognizable dwarf performers in Hollywood, thanks to countless screen appearances in everything from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935) to "Foul Play" (1978), "Legend" (1985) and "Masters of the Universe" (1987). He began his career essaying infants and toddlers in impossible scenarios, like the mischievous tot who bit Fredric March on the leg in the screwball classic "Nothing Sacred" (1937). After a long stint in vaudeville, Barty joined Spike Jones' City Slickers. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was frequently cast in "traditional" little person roles, including circus clowns and henchmen, but his wise-guy delivery also made him ideal for parts with genuine grit that were usually afforded to actors of normal size. His best turn in this regard was undoubtedly Abe Kusich, the brassy actor in "Day of the Locust" (1975), which would remain his most substantial screen role. In later years, he bounced between comic turns and fantasy figures in "Willow" (1987) while maintaining his non-profit organization, Little People of America, which benefited individuals with conditions similar to his own. His tireless campaign for equal treatment for those with dwarfism and similar conditions made him their unofficial spokesperson from the late '50s until his death in 2000. Billy Barty's long career and unbridled screen energy made him one of the entertainment industry's best-loved performers.

Highest rated movies

100% Gold Diggers of 1933
92% A Midsummer Night's Dream
74% Foul Play
67% W.C. Fields and Me
63% UHF
63% The Day of the Locust
60% The Undead
53% Willow

Photos

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Billy Barty as The White Pawn, 1933 ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Billy Barty as the baby, 1933 ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Ford Sterling, as the White King, Billy Barty, as the White Pawn, 1933 W.C. FIELDS AND ME, Billy Barty, 1976 LEGEND, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, 1985, (c)Universal ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Alison Skipworth, as the Duchess, Billy Barty, as the baby, 1933 W.C. FIELDS AND ME, from left: Billy Barty, Bernadette Peters, LEGEND, David Bennent, Cork Hubbert, Tom Cruise, Billy Barty, 1985, (c)Universal FOUL PLAY, Billy Barty, Goldie Hawn, 1978, © Paramount A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, James Cagney, Anita Louise, Billy Barty, 1935 SKATETOWN U.S.A., Flip Wilson, Billy Barty, Ruth Buzzi, Sydney Lassick, 1979 SKATETOWN USA, Billy Barty, Flip Wilson, 1979, (c) Columbia Pictures UHF, from top: Billy Barty, Lou B. Washington, 1989. ©Orion Pictures UNDER THE RAINBOW, Billy Barty, Mako, 1981. ©Warner Brothers UNDER THE RAINBOW, Billy Barty, 1981. ©Warner Brothers UNDER THE RAINBOW, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, 1981. ©Warner Brothers ROUSTABOUT, Elvis Presley, Marianna Hill, Billy Barty, 1964 UNDER THE RAINBOW, from left, Bennett Ohta, Billy Barty, 1981, ©Warner Brothers UHF, David Bowe (front left), Weird Al Yankovic (back ,center), Michael Richards (above, in poster), Billy Barty (front right), Victoria Jackson (back right), 1989. ©Orion Pictures MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, Dolph Lundgren, Billy Barty, 1987.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 60% The Mouse and the Motorcycle Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet O.B. Taggart Prospector Pike (Character) - 1993
21% 45% Life Stinks Willy (Character) $3.8M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride Victor (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wishful Thinking Gypsy (Character) - 1990
72% 68% The Rescuers Down Under Baitmouse (Voice) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diggin' Up Business Crosby (Character) - 1990
63% 77% UHF Noodles MacIntosh (Character) $5.6M 1989
No Score Yet 42% Lobster Man From Mars Mr. Throckmorton (Character) - 1989
53% 80% Willow High Aldwin (Character) $55.6M 1988
No Score Yet 70% Snow White Iddy (Character) $87.0M 1987
21% 41% Masters of the Universe Gwildor (Character) $16.3M 1987
No Score Yet 61% Rumpelstiltskin Rumpelstiltskin (Character) $142.8K 1987
No Score Yet 53% Body Slam Tim McClusky (Character) $8.5K 1987
No Score Yet 50% Off the Mark The Little Russian (Character) - 1987
53% 56% Tough Guys Philly (Character) $20.5M 1986
41% 73% Legend Screwball (Character) $12.3M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ace Crawford, Private Eye Inch (Character) - 1983
0% 48% Under the Rainbow Otto Kriegling (Character) - 1981
9% 24% Hardly Working Sammy (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 33% Being Different Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 24% Firepower Dominic Carbone (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 33% Skatetown U.S.A. Jimmy (Character) - 1979
74% 68% Foul Play J.J. MacKuen (Character) - 1978
67% 62% W.C. Fields and Me Ludwig (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twin Detectives Bartender (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 45% The Amazing Dobermans Samson (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 44% Paul Lynde Halloween Special Unknown (Character) - 1976
63% 76% The Day of the Locust Abe Kusich (Character) - 1975
14% 60% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Assistant Director (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punch and Jody Stilts (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Godmothers The Hawk (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 73% Pufnstuf Googy Gopher (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 29% Harum Scarum Baba (Character) - 1965
60% 21% The Undead The Imp (Character) - 1957
92% 62% A Midsummer Night's Dream Mustard-Seed, a Fairy (uncredited) (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey's Medicine Man Billy McGuire (Character) - 1934
100% 86% Gold Diggers of 1933 Pettin' in the Park baby (uncredited) (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey's Race Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother (Character) - 1933

TV

Credit
95% 94% Frasier Chris (Guest Voice) 1996
No Score Yet 96% DuckTales King Brian (Guest Voice) 1987
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Edgar Lindstrom (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ace Crawford, Private Eye Inch (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Owen (Guest Star) 1979 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Mr. Resnick (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Shrinker Hugo (Character) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Sigmund Ooze (Character) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 82% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Guest 1952 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jericho Unknown (Character) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Billy (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Self 1958
No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents George (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1956