Billy Barty

Actor, Comedian
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Legend of O. B. Taggert 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jack's Place 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1951 - 1970, 1975 - 1976, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Skelton Show 1951 - 1970, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

Willy (Actor)

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Lobster Man From Mars 1990 (Movie)

Throckmorton (Actor)

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

of Baitmouse (Voice)

Diggin' Up Business 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

Noodles (Actor)

Wishful Thinking 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

High Aldwin (Actor)

Masters of the Universe 1987 (Movie)

Gwildor (Actor)

Off the Mark 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rumpelstiltskin 1987 (Movie)

Rumpelstiltskin (Actor)

Snow White 1987 (Movie)

Iddy (Actor)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Wildfire 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Body Slam 1986 (Movie)

Tim McClusky (Actor)

Legend 1986 (Movie)

Screwball (Actor)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Philly (Actor)

Night Patrol 1984 (Movie)

Captain Lewis (Actor)

Ace Crawford, Private Eye 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheryl Ladd: Scenes From a Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hardly Working 1981 (Movie)

Sammy (Actor)

Under the Rainbow 1981 (Movie)

Otto Kriegling (Actor)

Being Different 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Life and Times of Eddie Roberts 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

Dominic Carbone (Actor)

Skatetown, USA 1979 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

The Bay City Rollers Show 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

J J MacKuen (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Shrinker 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Captain and Tennille 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Call Us 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington 1976 (Movie)

Little Man (Actor)

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

Ludwig (Actor)

The Amazing Dobermans 1975 (Movie)

Clown (Actor)

The Day of the Locust 1974 (Movie)

Abe (Actor)

The Bugaloos 1970 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Pufnstuf 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harum Scarum 1965 (Movie)

Baba (Actor)

Roustabout 1964 (Movie)

Billy the Midget (Actor)

Billy Rose's Jumbo 1961 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

Peter Gunn 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Clown 1952 (Movie)

Midget (Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1934 (Movie)

Mustardseed (Actor)

Circus Boy (TV Show)

Actor

Great Day (TV Show)

Actor

Out All Night (Movie)

Child (Actor)

Punch and Jody (TV Show)

Actor

Roman Scandals (Movie)

Little Eddie (Actor)

Runaway Ralph (TV Show)

Voice

The Undead (Movie)

The Imp (Actor)

Twin Detectives (TV Show)

Actor

Vaudeville (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Ellen C Bertanzetti

Mother

Lori Barty

Daughter
survived him

Braden Barty

Son
born in 1970 six feet tall was a Mormon missionary in Brazil survived him

Albert Bertanzetti

Father
worked for Columbia Pictures

Shirley Bolingbroke

Wife
married on February 24, 1962 4-feet-2-inches tall survived him

Deede Morse

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California 1946

Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences

Los Angeles, California 1948
postgraduate studies; school changed name to California State University, Los Angeles in 1972

Milestones

1999

Injured in a scooter accident in May

1991

Broadway debut in "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse"

1981

Awarded star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1954

Was a regular on "The Spike Jones Show"

1933

First major film appearance, as a mouse and little boy, in "Footlight Parade"

1932

Appeared in the "Micky McGuire" series of short comedies

1928

Entered films

TV series debut, "Ford Festival"

Film acting debut in "Wedded Blisters"

Performed with Spike Jones and His City Slickers

Hosted syndicated TV series, "The Billy Barty Show"

Played Little Tom on the TV series, "Circus Boy"

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the President's Committee on the Handicapped Award (1966)

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Former president, board chairman to the Billy Barty Foundation (1975-).

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He founded the Little People of America (1957).

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He received the California Governor's Award in 1966.

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Honored with the Commission on Employment of the Handicapped Award.

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Received the National Victory Award (1992) at the Kennedy Center for his work with the Billy Barty Foundation.

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