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Billy Curtis

Highest Rated:   99% The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Lowest Rated:   0% Head Office (1986)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% Head Office
  • Rev. Lynch
1986
No Score Yet The Night They Saved Christmas
  • Jack
1984
85% 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
90% 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
82% Saboteur
  • "Major" the Midget
1942
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin'
  • Taxi Driver
1941
89% Meet John Doe
  • Midget
1941
99% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Midget
  • 1966

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