Billy Curtis (I) (1909–1988)

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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 numerous Broadway musical productions to his credit. ... See full bio »


(age 79) in Dayton, Nevada, USA

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The Terror of Tiny Town The Hero (Buck Lawson)
April Showers Col. Rudolph L. Nemo
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 1987 Bloody Wednesday
Teddy (voice)
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Creature (segment "Personal Demons")
- Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading (1986) ... Creature (segment "Personal Demons")
 1985 Head Office
Reverend Lynch
 1984 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (TV Movie)
Elf 2
 1984 The Night They Saved Christmas (TV Movie)
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1984) ... Barnaby
 1982 Eating Raoul
Little Person
 1981 Open All Night (TV Series)
Scott Davis
- Night Moves (1981) ... Scott Davis
 1981 Elephant Parts (Video)
Propositioning inflatable hooker on park bench during the song: 'lucy and ramona and their brother sunset sam'
 1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
General Yoomak
- Shgoratchx! (1981) ... General Yoomak
 1978 Coming Attractions
 1977 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Roger Robot
- The Robot Lawsuit (1977) ... Roger Robot
 1976 Monster Squad (TV Series)
The Ringmaster
- The Ringmaster (1976) ... The Ringmaster
 1975 White House Madness
Secret Service Man
 1975 The Wild McCullochs
Charlie P.
 1974 How to Seduce a Woman
 1973 Little Cigars
Slick Bender
 1973 High Plains Drifter
 1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Arizona Midnight (1973) ... Arizona
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
Toy Cowboy (uncredited)
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Herman Golab
- Lucy and Ma Parker (1970) ... Herman Golab
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Harry Johnson
- Will Freddy's Real Father Please Stand Up? (1970) ... Harry Johnson
 1970 Norwood
Edmund B. Ratner
 1969 Hello, Dolly!
Midget (uncredited)
 1969 The Comic
Lifeguard in Film (uncredited)
 1969 Julia (TV Series)
Small Businessman
- I Thought I Saw a Two-Timer (1969) ... Small Businessman
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Clown (uncredited)
 1968 Planet of the Apes
Child Ape (uncredited)
 1967 Star Trek (TV Series)
Small Copper-Skinned Ambassador
- Journey to Babel (1967) ... Small Copper-Skinned Ambassador (uncredited)
 1967 Bewitched (TV Series)
Jack O'Lantern
- A Safe and Sane Halloween (1967) ... Jack O'Lantern
 1966-1967 Get Smart (TV Series)
El Lobo-Ito / Tiny Allen
- Witness for the Persecution (1967) ... El Lobo-Ito
- The Greatest Spy on Earth (1966) ... Tiny Allen (uncredited)
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
- The Night of the Gypsy Peril (1967) ... Gypsy (uncredited)
 1966 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Spaceman #3
- The Flying Saucer (1966) ... Spaceman #3
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
- The Hubcap Caper (1966) ... Augie
 1966 The Monkees (TV Series)
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cool (1966) ... Midget
 1966 Out of Sight
The Man from Flush
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
- Holy Rat Race (1966) ... Midget
- True or False Face (1966) ... Midget
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Disguised #2
- The Conquest of Maude Murdock (1966) ... Disguised #2
 1965/I Harlow
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1965 My Three Sons (TV Series)
- The Glass Sneaker (1965) ... Sammy
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Little Football Player (uncredited)
 1965 Two on a Guillotine
Big Mike (uncredited)
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Danny (1963-1964)
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Tiny Tom
- Run, Clown, Run (1962) ... Tiny Tom
 1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Monk Carter
- The Turning Point (1961) ... Monk Carter
 1961 87th Precinct (TV Series)
- The Guilt (1961) ... Willy
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
The Mascot
- Achilles and His Heels (1960) ... The Mascot
 1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
Colonel Petite
- Destination Death (1960) ... Colonel Petite
 1960 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Page Boy
- Weekend in Los Angeles (1960) ... Page Boy
 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
- The Big Top (1959) ... Harry
 1959 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Captain Borcher
- Haunted (1959) ... Captain Borcher
 1959 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
- Danny and the Little Men (1959) ... Billy
 1959 The Angry Red Planet
Martian (uncredited)
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Volunteer #1
- The Rock Prison (1959) ... Volunteer #1 (uncredited)
 1959 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Charlie McCarthy / Mortimer Snerd
- The Bergen Show (1959) ... Charlie McCarthy / Mortimer Snerd
 1958 The Adventures of Superpup (TV Short)
Super Pup / Bark Bent
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
- The Painless Extractionist (1958) ... Clown (uncredited)
 1953-1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Midget / Giganto the Martian / Supporting Player
- Bolivar and the Lost Patrol (1958) ... Midget
- Queen of Mars (1955) ... Giganto the Martian (uncredited)
- Deadeye from Mars (1953) ... Supporting Player (as Bill Curtis)
 1958 Merry Andrew
Clown (uncredited)
 1957 Man of a Thousand Faces
Harry Earles - Midget Actor in 'The Unholy Three' (uncredited)
 1957 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Mr. Zero
- Mr. Zero (1957) ... Mr. Zero
 1956 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
- Caged (1956) ... Sinbad
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Midget at County Fair (uncredited)
 1956 The NBC Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Minor Role
- Episode #1.17 (1956) ... Minor Role
 1955 The Court Jester
One of Hermine's Midgets (uncredited)
 1955 The Great Gildersleeve (TV Series)
Mr. Smith
- Practice What You Preach (1955) ... Mr. Smith
 1955 Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series)
Count Smorgasbord
- Carnival Criss-Cross (1955) ... Count Smorgasbord (uncredited)
 1955 Jungle Moon Men
 1954 3 Ring Circus
Circus Midget Clown (uncredited)
 1954 Princess of the Nile
Tut (uncredited)
 1954 Gog
Gog / Magog operator (uncredited)
 1954 Gorilla at Large
Slim, Midget Carnival Employee (uncredited)
 1953 Space Patrol (TV Series)
- The Slaves of Planet X (1953) ... Gino
 1953 Here Come the Girls
Clown (uncredited)
 1952 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
The Laughing Badman
- Laughing Badman (1952) ... The Laughing Badman
 1952 Limelight
Midget in Agent's Office (uncredited)
 1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
- Birds of Prey (1952)
 1951 Superman and the Mole-Men
Mole-Man (uncredited)
 1951 Two Tickets to Broadway
Midget in Deli (uncredited)
 1950 Pygmy Island
 1950 So You Want to Throw a Party (Short)
W.L. Pipp (uncredited)
 1948 Jiggs and Maggie in Court
Little Man (uncredited)
 1948 Homicide for Three
Billy Curtis - Midget
 1948 Hills of Home
Mighty Mite (uncredited)
 1948 April Showers
Col. Rudolph L. Nemo
 1947 Wedding Belle (Short)
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Midget Barker (uncredited)
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home
Man (uncredited)
 1946 Three Wise Fools
 1945 An Angel Comes to Brooklyn
Midget Musician (uncredited)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
'Baby' Joe (uncredited)
 1945 That's the Spirit
Midget (uncredited)
 1944 Ghost Catchers
Midget in Nightclub Dinner Gag (uncredited)
 1943 The Hard Way
Vaudeville Midget (uncredited)
 1942 Lucky Legs
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1942 Just Off Broadway
Billy - Midget in Wings (uncredited)
 1942 Wings for the Eagle
Midget (Eddie)
 1942 My Gal Sal
Midget Driver (uncredited)
 1942 Saboteur
Midget - Circus Troupe
 1942 Don't Lie (Short)
Melinda, the Chimp
 1942 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp!
 1941 Hellzapoppin'
Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1941 Outlaws of Cherokee Trail
Papoose (uncredited)
 1941 Meet John Doe
Midget (uncredited)
 1941 Emergency Landing
Midget Judge (as Little Billy)
 1941 Maisie Was a Lady
Midget (uncredited)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz
Munchkin Father (uncredited)
 1939 Three Texas Steers
 1938 The Terror of Tiny Town
The Hero (Buck Lawson)
Show Show Stunts (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Little Billy | Bill Curtis


4' 2" (1.27 m)

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We stand in for any kid entitled to a stand-in. Result is fewer kids, fewer kids' mothers and fewer teachers on the set. And when there's a stunt to be done, we can do it. - explaining how important "little people" are to the film industry See more »


He worked 50 years in the film business before retiring. A year later, he passed away of a heart attack. See more »

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