The Most Famous Little People in the World

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A list of celebrity little people, with photos! These are famous little people with dwarfism and famous little people actors. Though they may tend to be viewed as character actors, they're still overall some of the most famous actors in Hollywood. After all, who hasn't heard of Warwick Davis? Or Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones? For over a century, showbiz has been a consistent source of employment for little people.

Who are the most famous little people? Although there are many causes of dwarfism, but Achondroplasia is the most common. While little people were originally famous for simply being little, it's great to see that many of the individuals on this list have grown to become well known for their own personal skills and accomplishments. Many of the dwarf actors on this list are even known as being some of the best actors around!


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  1. Peter Dinklage is best known for playing the role of Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones." Of his height, Dinklage said, "When I was younger, I definitely let it get to me. As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry, and I definitely put up these walls. But the older you get, you realize you just have to have a sense of humor. You just know that it's not your problem. It's theirs."

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Ice Age: Continental Drift, + more
  2. Warwick Davis is best known for playing the title roles in Willow and The Leprechaun. He was born with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, a rare bone disorder that results in dwarfism.

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Epsom, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, + more
  3. Tony Cox is best known for his appearances in such films as Bad Santa and Me, Myself and Irene. Billy Barty served as inspiration for Cox to pursue a career in acting.

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Actor
    • Credits: Friday, Oz the Great and Powerful, Willow, Bad Santa, Blankman, + more
  4. Zelda Rubinstein is best known for her role in the Poltergeist film series. Her short stature is caused by a deficiency of the anterior pituitary gland.

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1933-2010)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Medical technologist, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Sixteen Candles, Poltergeist, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Poltergeist III, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, + more
  5. Verne Troyer is best known for his role in the Austin Powers film series. His short stature is caused by cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism.

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Sturgis
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Men in Black, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, + more
  6. Jason Acuna, AKA Wee Man, is best know for being a part of the "Jackass" film and television series. He has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.

  7. Angelo Rossitto was best known for his work in silent films, but he also appeared in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. He was born with dwarfism and was 2'11" tall.

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1908-1991)
    • Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha
    • Profession: Stunt Double, Businessperson, Actor
    • Credits: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Greatest Show on Earth, Samson and Delilah, H.R. Pufnstuf, Galaxina, + more
  8. Billy Barty appeared in several films and television shows. He also founded the Little People of America organization in 1957.

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1924-2000)
    • Birthplace: Millsboro, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Rescuers Down Under, Willow, Bride of Frankenstein, Legend, Foul Play, + more
  9. David Rappaport was best known for his appearances in the films Time Bandits and The Bride. He was reportedly 3' 11" tall.

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1951-1990)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Time Bandits, Sword of the Valiant, Tiswas, The Bride, The Wizard, + more
  10. Felix Silla is best known for playing Cousin Itt on "The Addams Family." Before getting into Hollywood he performed with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Performer, Stunt Performer, Actor
    • Credits: Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Addams Family, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, + more
  11. Harry Earles

    Harry Earles was best known for his performance in The Wizard of Oz. He and his three dwarf siblings were known as The Dancing Dolls.

  12. Herve Villechaize

    Herve Villechaize is best known for his performance in "Fantasy Island." He had proportionate dwarfism, most likely due to an endocrine disorder.

  13. Kenny Baker is best known for portraying R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise. He was 3 ft 8 inches tall and his parents were of average height.

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Actor
    • Credits: Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, + more
  14. Michael Dunn appeared in several notable films and television series. His dwarfism was caused by spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia.

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1934-1973)
    • Birthplace: Shattuck, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Ship of Fools, The Werewolf of Washington, No Way to Treat a Lady, Madigan, Boom!, + more
  15. Michael J. Anderson is best known for his role in "Twin Peaks." His short stature was caused by the genetic disorder Osteogenesis imperfecta.

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Technician
    • Credits: Mulholland Drive, Carnivàle, Pearl Jam Twenty, Port Charles, Tiptoes, + more
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