Billy Curtis

Highest Rated: 98% The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Lowest Rated: 0% Head Office (1986)
Birthday: Jun 27, 1909
Birthplace: Not Available
Born to normal-sized parents, American midget actor Billy Curtis avoided the usual onus of freak-show employment as a youth, opting for a mainstream job as a shoe clerk. Encouraged by stock company actress Shirley Booth (later the star of the TV sitcom Hazel) to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with numerous Broadway musical productions to his credit. Curtis' big movie season was 1938-39: he was cast as the Mayor of the Munchkin City in The Wizard of Oz (albeit with voice dubbed by Pinto Colvig) and as the cowboy hero of the all-midget western Terror of Tiny Town (1938). This last epic was one of the few instances that Curtis was cast as a good guy; many of his screen characters were ill-tempered and pugnacious, willing to bite a kneecap if unable to punch out an opponent. Seldom accepting a role which demeaned or patronized little people, Curtis played an obnoxious vaudeville performer compelled to sit on Gary Cooper's lap in Meet John Doe (1941), a suspicious circus star willing to turn Robert Cummings over to the cops in Saboteur (1942), and one of the many fair-weather friends of "The Incredible Shrinking Man" in the 1957 film of the same name. Billy Curtis' career thrived into the 1970s, notably with solid parts in the Clint Eastwood western High Plains Drifter (1973) and the crime-caper meller Little Cigars (1973), in which he had second billing as a diminutive criminal mastermind. Billy Curtis retired in the 1980s, except for the occasional interview or Wizard of Oz cast reunion.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% Head Office Rev. Lynch 1986
No Score Yet The Night They Saved Christmas Jack 1984
86% Eating Raoul Little Person 1982
No Score Yet How to Seduce a Woman Toulouse 1974
96% High Plains Drifter Mordecai 1973
No Score Yet Little Cigars Slick Bender 1973
No Score Yet Aphrodisiac!: The Sexual Secret of Marijuana Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superpup Actor 1958
91% The Incredible Shrinking Man Midget 1957
No Score Yet The Conqueror Midget Tumbler 1956
96% The Court Jester One of Hermine's Midgets 1956
No Score Yet Jungle Moon Men Damu 1955
No Score Yet Gorilla at Large Slim 1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) Circus Midget Clown 1954
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Midget 1951
88% The Thing from Another World The Thing While Shrinking 1951
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole Men Creature 1951
No Score Yet Jungle Jim in Pygmy Island Makuba 1950
No Score Yet April Showers Vanderhouten 1948
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Midget Driver 1942
83% Saboteur "Major" the Midget 1942
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' Taxi Driver 1941
89% Meet John Doe Midget 1941
98% The Wizard of Oz City Father $3.9M 1939
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers Hercules 1939
No Score Yet Terror of Tiny Town The Hero 1938

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Roger Robot
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Arizona
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Jack O'Lantern
  • 1967
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Bottom Half of Knight
  • 1967
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
El Lobo-ito
  • 1967
  • 1965
93% Batman
1966-1968
Midget
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
3rd Montanero
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
  • 1966
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Midget
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Mr. Zero Mole Man #1
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1953

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