Billy Barty

Billy Barty

Highest Rated: 100% Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 25, 1924

Birthplace: Millsboro, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

Gold Diggers of 1933
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Foul Play
The Day of the Locust
UHF
The Undead
Tough Guys
Willow

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 58% The Mouse and the Motorcycle Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet O.B. Taggart Prospector Pike (Character) - 1993
22% 45% Life Stinks Willy (Character) $3.8M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride Victor (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wishful Thinking Gypsy (Character) - 1990
71% 68% The Rescuers Down Under Baitmouse (Voice) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diggin' Up Business Crosby (Character) - 1990
61% 77% UHF Noodles MacIntosh (Character) $5.6M 1989
No Score Yet 42% Lobster Man From Mars Mr. Throckmorton (Character) - 1989
52% 79% Willow High Aldwin (Character) $55.6M 1988
No Score Yet 52% Body Slam Tim McClusky (Character) $8.5K 1987
No Score Yet 70% Snow White Iddy (Character) $87.0M 1987
22% 41% Masters of the Universe Gwildor (Character) $16.3M 1987
No Score Yet 57% Rumpelstiltskin Rumpelstiltskin (Character) $142.8K 1987
No Score Yet 50% Off the Mark The Little Russian (Character) - 1987
53% 56% Tough Guys Philly (Character) $20.5M 1986
41% 73% Legend Screwball (Character) $12.3M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ace Crawford, Private Eye Inch (Character) - 1983
0% 48% Under the Rainbow Otto Kriegling (Character) - 1981
9% 25% Hardly Working Sammy (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 33% Being Different Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 26% Firepower Dominic Carbone (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 33% Skatetown U.S.A. Jimmy (Character) - 1979
74% 68% Foul Play J.J. MacKuen (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 62% W.C. Fields and Me Ludwig (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 45% The Amazing Dobermans Samson (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twin Detectives Bartender (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 50% Paul Lynde Halloween Special Unknown (Character) - 1976
65% 75% The Day of the Locust Abe Kusich (Character) - 1975
14% 60% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Assistant Director (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punch and Jody Stilts (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Godmothers The Hawk (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 73% Pufnstuf Googy Gopher (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 28% Harum Scarum Baba (Character) - 1965
60% 19% The Undead The Imp (Character) - 1957
91% 62% A Midsummer Night's Dream Mustard-Seed, a Fairy (uncredited) (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey's Medicine Man Billy McGuire (Character) - 1934
100% 86% Gold Diggers of 1933 Pettin' in the Park baby (uncredited) (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey's Race Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother (Character) - 1933

TV

Credit
95% 94% Frasier Chris (Guest Voice) 1996
No Score Yet 96% La bande à Picsou King Brian (Guest Voice) 1987
No Score Yet 87% The Golden Girls Edgar Lindstrom (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ace Crawford, Private Eye Inch (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Owen (Guest Star) 1979 1982
No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Mr. Resnick (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Sigmund Ooze (Character) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Billy (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Self 1958
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Guest 1952