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Billy Curtis

Billy Curtis (June 27, 1909 - November 9, 1988) was an American film and television actor. He was a dwarf who had a 50-year career in a variety of roles. He was born on 27 June 1909 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and died November 9, 1988 in Dayton, Nevada, of a heart attack. According to the IMDb site, his birth name was Luigi Curto, and his height was 4 feet 2 inches (1.27 m). The bulk of his work was in the western and science fiction genres. One of his early jobs was as one of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. He also appeared in Adventures of Superman in the 1950s. Most notably, Curtis worked in westerns, including the Clint Eastwood feature, High Plains Drifter in which he featured as Mordecai, a friendly dwarf sympathetic to Eastwood, he also appeared in the 1938 Musical/Western The Terror of Tiny Town. This film is, as far as is known, the world's only Western with an all-dwarf cast. Many of the actors in Tinytown were part of a performing troupe called Singer's Midgets, who also played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, released in 1939. He also had a starring role in American International Pictures' 1973 release, Little Cigars, about a gang of "midgets" on a crime spree.

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Jun 27, 1909 In United States Springfield, Massachusetts,
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Terror of Tiny Town 1938-12-01
Latest Project:
Series The Twilight Zone 1985-09-27
Known For
Poster of Monster Squad
Poster of High Plains Drifter
Poster of Star Trek
Poster of The Incredible Shrinking Man
Movie Head Office Reverend Lynch 1985-06-06
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Barnaby 1984-07-16
Movie Eating Raoul Little Person 1982-03-24
Movie Loose Shoes Menchkin 1980-08-01
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century General Yoomak 1979-09-20
Series Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
Series Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Series Monster Squad Unknown 1976-09-11
Movie The Wild McCullochs Charlie P. 1975-05-21
Movie High Plains Drifter Mordecai 1973-04-19
Movie Little Cigars Slick Bender 1973-06-22
Movie Norwood Edmund B. Ratner 1970-11-24
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie Planet of the Apes Child Ape (uncredited) 1968-02-07
Movie Out of Sight The Man From F.L.U.S.H. 1966-05-12
Series Batman Midget 1966-01-12
Series Star Trek Small, copper skinned ambassador (uncredited) 1966-09-08
Series The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Series The Greatest Show on Earth Unknown 1963-09-17
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Movie Back Stage Party Self 1961-12-17
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Adventures of Super Pup Super Pup / Bark Bent 1958-01-01
Movie The Incredible Shrinking Man Midget 1957-02-22
Movie Man of a Thousand Faces Harry Earles (uncredited) 1957-08-15
Movie Jungle Moon Men Damu 1955-04-08
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Princess of the Nile Tut (uncredited) 1954-07-01
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Superman and the Mole-Men Mole-Man (uncredited) 1951-11-23
Movie April Showers Capt. Rudolph L. Nemo 1948-03-27
Movie Homicide for Three Circus Performer 1948-12-08
Movie The Hard Way Vaudeville Midget (Uncredited) 1943-01-13
Movie Don't Lie Melinda, the chimp 1942-04-04
Movie Tramp, Tramp, Tramp! Midget 1942-04-02
Movie Saboteur Midget (Circus Troupe) 1942-04-24
Movie Lucky Legs Newsboy 1942-10-01
Movie Emergency Landing Judge 1941-03-07
Movie Ice-Capades George 1941-08-19
Movie Hellzapoppin' Bodyguard (uncredited) 1941-12-25
Movie Three Texas Steers Hercules - the Midget 1939-05-12
Movie The Terror of Tiny Town The Hero (Buck Lawson) 1938-12-01