The best acting dwarfby jamesh5 | created - 15 Dec 2013 | updated - 24 Dec 2013 | Public
A list of popular actors with dwarfism, but who's the best at acting? Discuss here
Actor | Willow
English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of Susan J. (Pain) and Ashley Davis, an insurance broker. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he ...
Actor | Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre plays. Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama ...
4. Kenny Baker
Actor | Time Bandits
Kenny Baker was born on August 24, 1934 in Birmingham, England as Kenneth George Baker. He was an actor, known for Time Bandits (1981), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Elephant Man (1980). He was married to Eileen Baker. He died on August 13, 2016 in Preston, ...
6. Verne Troyer
Actor | The Love Guru
With a decades-long career as an actor and stuntman, Verne Troyer was best known for playing "Mini-Me," Dr. Evil's smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedies Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and for his role in Harry ...
Actor | The Man with the Golden Gun
Hervé Villechaize was born in Paris on April 23, 1943. He stopped growing very early and his father (who was a surgeon) tried to find a cure by visiting several doctors and hospitals. But there was none, so Hervé had to live with his small height and also with undersized lungs. He studied at the ...
8. Billy Barty
Actor | Masters of the Universe
Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and...
9. Jack Purvis
Actor | Time Bandits
Jack Purvis was born on July 13, 1937 in London, England. He is known for his work on Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was married to Marjie Purvis. He died on November 21, 1997 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England.
10. Phil Fondacaro
Actor | Willow
Phil Fondacaro started his career in 1981 when a casting call went out for "little people" for the feature film Under the Rainbow (1981). This was the beginning of a career that is still going strong to this day. From that time he has worked in every genre. including drama, comedy, horror and ...
11. Martin Klebba
Martin Klebba was born on June 23, 1969 in Troy, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Jurassic World (2015) and Left Behind (2014). He has been married to Michelle Dilgard since June 18, 2011.
12. Meredith Eaton
Actress | Paranormal Activity 3
Meredith Eaton is well known for her breakout recurring role as feisty attorney Bethany Horowitz, on the ABC hit series Boston Legal (2004). Meredith has also guest starred on several critically acclaimed prime time shows, such as House (2004), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), and ...
Actress | Men in Black
Debbie Lee Carrington was born on December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California, USA as Deborah Lee Carrington. She is known for her work on Men in Black (1997), Total Recall (1990) and She's All That (1999). She died on March 23, 2018 in Pleasanton, California.
15. Danny Woodburn
Actor | Seinfeld
Danny Woodburn is an entertainer on stage, film, television, and the comedy club circuit.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he is the son of a nurse and a professional golfer. He is a graduate of Philadelphia's Temple University's School of Film and Theater and recipient of their Outstanding...
16. Gianin Loffler
Actor | Stargate
Gianin Loffler was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland and lived in the USA for 32 years. His mother was a Pianist and his father is a Medical Doctor. He began his career doing theatre in New York City and is a member of the Actor's Conservatory and the Actor's Gym, and studied at the Lee ...
17. Jerry Austin
Actor | Saratoga Trunk
Jerry Austin was born on July 20, 1892 in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire as Jerry Albro. He was an actor, known for Saratoga Trunk (1945), Adventures of Don Juan (1948) and The Lovable Cheat (1949). He died on October 15, 1976 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.
18. Angelo Rossitto
Actor | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Small in stature at only 2' 11", but big in demand onscreen, the diminutive Angelo Rossitto was one of Hollywood's busiest "small" actors and appeared in over 70 feature films between 1927 until 1987!
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in February 1908, Rossitto first appeared in silent films alongside stars ...
19. Billy Curtis
Actor | High Plains Drifter
Diminutive American 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 to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with ...
20. Harry Earles
Actor | Freaks
Harry/Kurt (stage name/real name) came over to the U.S. from Germany around 1915 with his sister, Grace/Freida. Once they arrived, they worked for a man named Earles, at which time they adopted his last name. in the early 1920's, their sister Daisy/Hilda joined them and in the mid- to late- 1920's,...
22. Josh Ryan Evans
Actor | Passions
Despite being one of the smallest actors in Hollywood at 37 inches, Josh proved quality early on in life. By creating and distributing his own business cards before he was even a teenager, Josh landed a spot on "The Dancing Baby" ice cream commercial, which led to his role in Baby Geniuses (1999), ...
23. Zelda Rubinstein
Actress | Poltergeist
A marvelously quirky and distinctive 4' 3" character actress, with a larger-than-life presence on film and TV, Zelda Rubinstein gave up a long and stable career in the medical field as a lab technician in order to strive for something more self-fulfilling as middle age settled in. At the age of 45,...
Actor | Mulholland Dr.
Michael Anderson was born in Huron, South Dakota, at 10:30 P.M., on Halloween night. Subject to a genetic anomaly known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he grew up in a wheelchair. After graduating high school, he traveled America, singing for tips and living in his car. For six years, he attended the ...
25. Michael Dunn
Actor | Ship of Fools
Michael Dunn was born Gary Neil Miller in Oklahoma. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller. They moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1938. Dunn was 5 years old when he knew he'd be a dwarf but was determined not to let it stop him or make him dependent. He graduated from Detroit's Redford High School...
27. David Rappaport
Actor | Time Bandits
British actor David Rappaport earned more roles and respect than most guys his size (or any size for that matter) who attempted a professional acting career. Born with the genetic condition dwarfism (he was 3' 11"), he was often typecast in bizarre, sometimes silly and demeaning roles; but, like ...
30. Arturo Gil
Actor | Spaceballs
Arturo Gil has a rare form of dwarfism and only stands three and half feet tall. His height hasn't stopped him from doing anything unless it's a vertical issue. A step stool or a ladder comes in handy. Gil was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is bilingual ...
31. Ed Gale
Actor | Howard the Duck
Ed left his hometown two years after graduating from Plainwell High School (Plainwell, Michigan) at the age of 20 with $41 in his pocket and hitched a ride California to pursue his dream of being not a "star", but a steady working Hollywood "actor". His very first experience in the "biz" was ...
32. Felix Silla
Actor | Spaceballs
Felix Silla was born on January 11, 1937 in a small village outside Rome, Italy. Silla trained as a circus performer, came to the United States in 1955, and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show. His multiple talents -- as a bareback rider, trapeze artist and tumbler -- brought ...
33. Michael Gilden
Michael Gilden was born on September 22, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Southland Tales (2006). He was married to Meredith Eaton and Elena Bertagnolli. He died on December 5, 2006 in Los ...
34. Daisy Earles
Actress | Freaks
Daisy Earles came to the U.S. from Germany in the early 1920s, joining her brother and sister Harry Earles and Gracie Doll. The three of them, soon joined by sister Tiny Doll, made a handful of appearances in films before retiring from the film business in 1930 in favor of working for the Ringling ...
35. Kiran Shah
Actor | Legend
In 2004, Kiran was back in New Zealand filming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) playing a character called Ginarrbrik.
He also writes poetry; his work has been published in Britain and America.
Kiran is a "Guinness World Record" holder as the "shortest professional...