One of the most legendary little people in Hollywood history, Billy Barty was 3ft 9 inches tall and his career spanned from his toddler years into his 70s.
Barty got into the business through his father, who was a machinist at Columbia Pictures. When he was 3 years old, Barty landed a small role in the film Wedding Blisters and went on to play babies in several films including Gold Diggers of 1933 and the 1934 version of Alice in Wonderland. Barty also worked with another minor star, Mickey Rooney, on the Mickey McGuire series as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Other notable films starring Barty include WC Fields and Me, the Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn comedy Foul Play, and the disastrous comedy Under the Rainbow, loosely based on the behind-the-scenes shenanigans during the making of The Wizard of Oz” starring Carrie Fisher.
Barty did a lot of television work when the medium first took off, having guest appearances on Peter Gunn, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, children’s shows like Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and of course Little House on the Prairie, where He played two different characters in two different episodes – Lou Bates in 1982’s Little Lou and Owen in 1979’s Annabelle.
In addition to his acting career, Barty was the founder of Little People of America, which helped people with dwarfism. He also helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
Barty died on December 23, 2000 at the age of 76.
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