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Billy Barty (1924–2000)

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 generally gives an added zest to any production ... See full bio »

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Masters of the Universe
Willow High Aldwin
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 2001 I/O Error (Short)
 2000 The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave (Video)
Funeral Eulogist (uncredited)
 1999 L.A. Heat (TV Series)
Morty Feinberg
 1997 The New Batman Adventures (TV Series)
Hips McManus
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
 1994 Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
Prospector Pike
 1993 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Old Man
 1992 The Naked Truth
The Bell Boy
 1991 Life Stinks
 1991 The Munsters Today (TV Series)
 1990 Diggin' Up Business
 1990 Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (TV Mini-Series)
 1990/I Wishful Thinking
 1990 The Rescuers Down Under
Baitmouse (voice)
 1990 Adventures of the Gummi Bears (TV Series)
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
Horace Neff
 1989 Short Ribbs (TV Series)
 1989 UHF
Noodles MacIntosh
 1989 Lobster Man from Mars
Mr. Throckmorton
 1986-1988 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Uncle Lester
 1988 Willow
High Aldwin
 1987 Off the Mark
The Little Russian
 1987 DuckTales (TV Series)
King Brian
 1987 Masters of the Universe
 1987 Snow White
 1987 Rumpelstiltskin
 1986 Wildfire (TV Series)
 1986 Body Slam
Tim McClusky
 1986 Tough Guys
 1985 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Edgar Lindstrom
 1985 Challenge of the GoBots (TV Series)
 1985 Star Fairies (TV Movie)
Troll (voice)
 1985 Legend
 1984 Night Patrol
Captain Lewis
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mort Cavanaugh
 1983 Ace Crawford... Private Eye (TV Series)
 1982 The Comic Book Kids (TV Series)
 1982 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Big Miller / Aloysis
 1979-1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Lou Bates / Owen
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Otto Kriegling
 1981 Concrete Cowboys (TV Series)
 1980 Bizarre (TV Series)
Various Characters
 1980 Hardly Working
 1979 Skatetown, U.S.A.
 1979 CHiPs (TV Series)
James O'Hara
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
 1979 Firepower
Dominic Carbone
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Ralph Warren
 1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
News Vendor
 1978 The Lord of the Rings
Character Actor (voice)
 1978 The Bay City Rollers Show (TV Series)
 1978 Foul Play
J.J. MacKuen
 1978 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
 1978 Rabbit Test
 1977 Redd Foxx (TV Series)
Regular (1977-78)
 1977 Great Day (TV Movie)
 1977 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Mr. Resnick
 1976 Dr. Shrinker (TV Series)
 1976 The Amazing Dobermans
 1976 The Krofft Supershow (TV Series)
Hugo (in 'Dr. Shrinker') (1976-1977)
 1976 Don't Call Us (TV Movie)
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Assistant Director
 1976 Twin Detectives (TV Movie)
 1976 W.C. Fields and Me
 1976 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Little hold-up man
 1975 Sixpack Annie
Pie Vendor (uncredited)
 1975 Phyllis (TV Series)
Mr. Hollis
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
 1975 The Godmothers
The Hawk
 1975 The Lost Saucer (TV Series)
 1975 The Ghost Busters (TV Series)
The Rabbit
 1975 The Day of the Locust
Abe Kusich
 1974 Punch and Jody (TV Movie)
 1974 The NBC Saturday Morning Preview Revue (TV Movie)
Sigmund Ooze
 1973 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (TV Series)
Sigmund Ooze / Uncle Siggy
 1973 Dusty's Trail (TV Series)
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mechanical Elf (segment "Love and the Wee He")
 1973 The Bobby Darin Show (TV Series)
Cast Member
 1972 The Waltons (TV Series)
Tommy Trimble
 1972 Fol-de-Rol (TV Movie)
Artist / Costumed Characters
 1970-1971 The Bugaloos (TV Series)
Sparky the Firefly
 1952-1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Silent Spot / Surfer / Sketch Player / ...
 1970 Pufnstuf
Googy Gopher / Orville Pelican
 1969-1970 Get Smart (TV Series)
Upper Gemini / Marco
 1970 Insight (TV Series)
 1968 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Santa's Elf
 1968 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Santa Claus
 1967 The Perils of Pauline
Pygmy Leader (uncredited)
 1967 Jericho (TV Series)
 1966 Clown Alley (TV Movie)
Little Clown Jumping Out of Firehouse
 1965 Harum Scarum
 1964 Roustabout
Billy (uncredited)
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
The Barker
 1963 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Midget (Billy)
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo
Joey the Circus Clown (uncredited)
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
The Court Jester (uncredited)
 1962 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Billy Longfellow
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
 1958-1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Tommy the Midget
 1959 Bold Venture (TV Series)
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
 1958 Club Oasis (TV Series)
 1956-1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Little Tom
 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
 1957 The Undead
The Imp
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dikken / Second Clown
 1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
 1954 George Tackles the Land (Short)
Mr. N
 1954 The Spike Jones Show (TV Series)
Figaro the Cat / Peter Cottontail / Rumplestiltskin / ...
 1954 Fireman Save My Child
Clarinetist inside Tuba (uncredited)
 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Chinese Midget
 1953 The Clown
Billy - Coney Island Midget (uncredited)
 1952 The Dennis Day Show (TV Series)
 1951 The James Melton Show (TV Series)
 1951 Your Pet Parade (TV Series)
Billy Bitesize (1951)
 1950 Pygmy Island
Kimba (uncredited)
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Bit (uncredited)
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Boy Biting Wally's Ankle (uncredited)
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mustard-Seed (as Fairie)
 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
Baby (uncredited)
 1934 Gift of Gab
Baby (uncredited)
 1934 Mickey's Medicine Man (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1934 Mickey's Rescue (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1934 Mickey's Minstrels (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
White Pawn / The Baby (uncredited)
 1933 Mickey's Covered Wagon (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1933 Roman Scandals
Little Eddie (uncredited)
 1933 Mickey's Tent Show (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1933 Mickey's Touchdown (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's little brother
 1933 Footlight Parade
Mouse / Little Boy (uncredited)
 1933 Mickey's Disguises (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1933 Mickey's Big Broadcast (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Baby in 'Pettin' in the Park' Number (uncredited)
 1933 Mickey's Race (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's brother
 1933 Out All Night
 1933 Mickey's Ape Man (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1932 Mickey's Busy Day (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1932 Mickey's Charity (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1932 Ma's Pride and Joy (Short)
Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
 1932 Mickey's Golden Rule (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1932 Mickey's Big Business (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1932 Mickey's Holiday (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's brother
 1932 Mickey's Travels (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1931 Mickey's Sideline (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1931 Mickey's Helping Hand (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother
 1931 Over the Hill
Shelby Boy (uncredited)
 1931 Who's Who in the Zoo (Short)
 1931 Mickey's Thrill Hunters (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother
 1931 Monkey Business (uncredited)
 1931 Mickey's Wildcats (Short)
Billy McGuire / Baby
 1931 Mickey's Diplomacy (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1931 Goldie
Child (uncredited)
 1931 Mickey's Rebellion (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother
 1931 Daddy Long Legs
Billy - Orphan (uncredited)
 1931 In Conference (Short)
Milton Horowitz (uncredited)
 1931 Mickey's Crusaders (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1931 Three Wise Clucks (Short)
 1931 Second Hand Kisses (Short)
Orphan boy (uncredited)
 1931 The Dog Doctor (Short)
Little Boy at Curb
 1931 Mickey's Stampede (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother
 1930 Mickey's Bargain (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother
 1930 A Hollywood Theme Song (Short)
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1930 Mickey's Musketeers (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1930 Soup to Nuts
Junior (uncredited)
 1930 Mickey's Winners (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1930 Mickey's Merry Men (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1930 Mickey the Romeo (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1930 Mickey's Warriors (Short)
Billy McGuire - Mickey's Brother
 1930 Follow the Swallow (Short)
 1930 Mickey's Whirlwinds (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1930 Mickey's Luck (Short)
Billy McGuire
 1930 Mickey's Master Mind (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1930 Mickey's Champs (Short)
 1930 Half a Hero (Short)
 1929 Mickey's Strategy (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1929 Mickey's Big Moment (Short)
Mickey's Brother
 1929 Mickey's Mix-Up (Short)
Mickey's Brother (unconfirmed)
 1929 Mickey's Surprise (Short)
Mickey's Brother (unconfirmed)
 1929 Mickey's Midnite Follies (Short)
Mickey's Brother (unconfirmed)
 1929 Tomato Omelette (Short)
 1929 Circus Time (Short)
The Baby (uncredited)
 1928 Mickey's Big Game Hunt (Short)
Mickey's brother
 1928 Follow Teacher (Short)
The Baby
 1928 No Kidding (Short)
 1928 Mickey the Detective (Short)
Mickey's Brother (unconfirmed)
 1928 The Cockeyed Family (Short)
Gillig's Younger Son (uncredited)
 1928 Idle Eyes (Short)
 1928 Mickey in School (Short)
Baby (unconfirmed)
 1927 Mickey's Eleven (Short)
Baby (unconfirmed)
 1927 Mickey's Pals (Short)
The Baby
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Other Works:

Appeared in a 1999 documentary film about dwarfism titled "4 foot ten". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

Fairie | the Gentlemaniacs


3' 9" (1.14 m)

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Personal Quote:

The general public thinks all little people are in circuses or sideshows. We have doctors, nurses, just about every field covered. See more »


Said one of his major pet peeves was when people would try to pick him up as though he were a child. See more »

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