Josh Ryan Evans

Actor
A 3'2" little person, Josh Ryan Evans left behind an enormous impression as a beloved actor. Born Jan. 10, 1982 in Hayward, CA, Josh Ryan Evans made his screen debut in two Halloween episodes of "Family Matters" (ABC ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1982 in Hayward, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

Grinch (Actor)

P.T. Barnum 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Passions (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A 3'2" little person, Josh Ryan Evans left behind an enormous impression as a beloved actor. Born Jan. 10, 1982 in Hayward, CA, Josh Ryan Evans made his screen debut in two Halloween episodes of "Family Matters" (ABC, 1989-1997; CBS, 1997-98) as Stevil, Steve Urkel's (Jaleel White) murderous ventriloquist's dummy. He impressed with a recurring role on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) as a child prodigy lawyer and served as the stunt double for the film "Baby Geniuses" (1999). After booking roles as General Tom Thumb in the biopic "P.T. Barnum" (A&E, 1999) and the younger self of Jim Carrey's titular holiday hater in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000), Evans landed his most famous role, the doll Timmy, magically animated by the scheming witch Tabitha (Juliet Mills) on the wackier-than-usual soap opera "Passions" (NBC, 1999-2007; The 101 Network, 2007-08). The most popular and memorable aspect of a show bursting with quirky characters, plots and twists, Evans was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and won two Soap Opera Digest Awards as well as a YoungStar Award. In many ways the soul of the series, Evans and Timmy made headlines for the tragic way life imitated art. On Aug. 5, 2002, the same day the character died, so too did Evans after heart surgery. In tribute to the extremely well-liked actor, the show honored Evans by dedicating the episode to him and including a scene of Timmy in heaven.

By Jonathan Riggs

Relationships

Chuck Evans

Father
divorced from Evans' mother

Cheryl Evans

Mother
divorced from Evans' father

James Evans

Brother
born in December 1972

Timothy Evans

Brother
born in December 1971 died in December 1980

Milestones

2000

Played the young Grinch in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas", Ron Howard's live-action feature adaptation of the children's holiday favorite

1999

Cast as Tom Thumb in the A&E TV-movie biography "P.T. Barnum"

1999

Featured in "Baby Geniuses", doing physical acting; his face was digitally replaced with that of a baby and he was credited as a stunt performer

1999

Played Timmy, the living doll sidekick of local witch Tabitha, in the over-the-top soap opera "Passions"; earned a 2001 Daytime Emmy nomination

1999

Guest starred on "7th Heaven" as a young patient whose wisdom guides series regular Matt (Barry Watson)

1998

Had a two-episode recurring role as a child prodigy lawyer in the David E Kelley legal comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

Played a recurring role on the sitcom "Family Matters" (ABC, CBS)

Began career as the "Dancing Baby" in commercials for Dreyer's/Edy's Ice Cream

Bonus Trivia

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Josh Ryan Evans was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that restricts cartilage growth and arrests physical development. At nineteen, he was 3'2" tall.

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"I have the view of a child and the IQ of an adult, so I know where both people are coming from. People think kids don't understand what they're talking about and kids are always getting overlooked. I'd like to open up the dialogue between children and adults." --Evans quoted on his official website, www.joshryanevans.net .

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"My size is an asset to me. People write roles for me. If I was just another blond-haired, brown-eyed, 18-year-old actor, I'd be left unrecognized. People remember me." --Evans quoted in USA Today, May 19, 2000.

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"Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" director Ron Howard, who had originally envisioned the role of the young Grinch as a silly Mini-Me sight gag, on working with Evans: "As it turned out, he was able to create a character and generate a lot of heart for the story. It was such a pleasant surprise. The days working with Jim were always amazing, but Josh was just delightful." --quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2000.

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