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Barty in UNDER THE RAINBOW.

About Billy Barty (1924 - 2000)

Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti, on October 25, 1924, in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began his acting career at the ripe age of three. His first cinematic performance at the tender age of only 9 was in 1993. He starred opposite Mickey Rooney in the silent comedies of MICKEY McGUIRE. In 1950, Barty married his wife Shirley. They lived happily together with their two children until his death in 2000.

Most noted for his diminutive stature, Billy Barty made a name for himself in typecast roles as "the little person". Nevertheless Billy's adeptness in both comedy and drama helped him expand his career beyond the available pigeon-holed roles. He is still fondly remembered as a mischievous little tyke in ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1933) and in his performance in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1935).

Never without a sense of humor or compassion, Billy founded the philanthropic organization "The Little People of America," in 1957, and "The Billy Barty Foundation" in 1975. His personal crusade for the social acceptance of dwarfs touched the lives of many people.

Billy Barty also appeared in many television shows such as WILD WILD WEST.

Billy Barty's notable credits include...

I/O ERROR (2001)
THE NAKED TRUTH (1992)
LIFE STINKS (1991)
UHF (1989)
WILLOW (1988) ... High Aldwin
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) ... Gwildor
LEGEND (1986)
NIGHT PATROL (1984) ... Captain Lewis
UNDER THE RAINBOW (1981) ... Otto Kriegling
FOUL PLAY (1978)
THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (1975) ... Abe

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Billy Barty in WILLOW

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Billy Barty in FOUL PLAY (1978)