Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to spotlight those actors with great talent, but small stature. Yes, Iâ€™m speaking of Dwarves and Midgets who shine in the film or television roles other actors are just too tall to portray, and make them memorable. And so Iâ€™m going to list my top 12 favorite short actors and some of the roles they are/were famous for. This list isnâ€™t ranked.
Warning: Some spoilers and big hearted short people ahead…
These small folk werenâ€™t given individual credits in â€œThe Wizard of Oz,â€ but the film wouldnâ€™t have been nearly as magical had it not been for their amazing work.
The Oompa Loompas
â€œWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factoryâ€ wouldn’t have had quite as great an impact without these odd factory workers who always had a helpful song/dance routine ready to teach a lesson about good manners.
And now, onto the main list.
At age 12, he was cast in â€œReturn of the Jediâ€ as the Ewok, Wicket when Kenny Baker was too ill to perform it. From that part, Warwick played role after role in a wide range of films. What was he in?….
He was aspiring Nelwyn wizard, Willow Ufgood in Ron Howardâ€™s â€œWillow.â€
He was the nefarious Leprechaun in the horror series â€œLeprechaun.â€
He was a dwarf in the giant nation in the 1996 made for tv version of â€œGulliverâ€™s Travels.”
He was Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter series of films.
He was the club emcee Oberon in â€œRay.â€
He was the body of Marvin, the paranoid android in â€œThe Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy.â€
He was the Dwarf Nikabrik in â€œThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.â€
He played Gringottâ€™s Goblin Griphook in â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.â€
He played Porridge: AKA: The Emperor of the Galaxy in the Modern Doctor Who.
Iâ€™ve enjoyed his work from role 1, and heâ€™s never let me down in anything Iâ€™ve seen him in. Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing him in an undisclosed role in the new Star Wars film, â€œThe Force Awakens.â€
He is R2-D2 in the Star Wars films…and after losing â€œWicketâ€ to Warwick Davis, he played the Ewok Paploo(The one who stole an Imperial Speeder Bike) after he was well again. He also had roles in â€œTime Bandits,â€ â€œThe Elephant Man,â€ â€œWillow,â€ â€œFlash Gordon,â€ â€œAmadeusâ€ and â€œLabyrinth.â€
A very well known English Dwarf actor, I had the pleasure to see him in Terry Gilliamâ€™s â€œTime Bandits,â€ where he played Randal, the leader of a gang of dwarfs working for the almighty spirit, who steal a map to all the time holes in the fabric of reality and decide to use it to get rich pilfering historical treasures.
This talented actor/stuntman has attained much notice in one of the most successful film series in modern times. He played Mini Me in the â€œAustin Powersâ€ films.
Ask yourself….would Captain Jack Sparrowâ€™s crew be the same without Marty the pirate?
Debbie Lee Carrington
This Dwarf actress/stuntwoman has been in many roles in film and television, but the role that I noticed her first in was in â€œTotal Recallâ€ as a working girl named â€œThumbelinaâ€ at the Martian whorehouse in Venusville. In an action scene, she knives a bad guy and grabs an uzi and cleans up house…sheâ€™s awesome.
Iâ€™m dating myself here, but I used to love â€œFantasy Islandâ€(the show that came on ABC television on Saturdays after â€œThe Love Boatâ€) and a lot of its charms can be attributed to the French actor who rang the bell and shouted â€œThe Plane!…The Plane!â€ to alert the islanders that new visitors were coming. However, before that, he played Nick Knack, the servant of Francisco Scaramanga, AKA The Man with the Golden Gun(Christopher Lee), and really stole the scenes he was in.
Veteran actor, he was one of the most prolific character midget actors in the 1950s, 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s. I used to watch him with actor John Colicos in the Kroft Saturday Morning show â€œDr. Shrinker.â€ Moviefan12 might be interested to know, he supplied the voice of â€œFigmentâ€ in Epcot Centerâ€™s Journey Into Imagination.
Another prolific English Dwarf actor, Jack appeared as several short aliens in the Star Wars films, including the lead Jawa, Teebo and the chief Ugnaught. He also played characters in â€œBrazil,â€ â€œTime Bandits,â€ and had the role of Gustavus in â€œThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen.â€
An active Dwarf actor in the 1960â€™s he played James West(William Conrad) arch-enemy, Doctor Loveless in â€œThe Wild Wild West.â€ However, I first saw him as the Dwarf Alexander in the Star Trek TOS episode, â€œPlatoâ€™s Stepchildren.â€ He acted with tremendous heart and passion.
Gaining noteriety as Taxi dispatcher Louie DaPalma on the hit sitcom, â€œTaxi,â€ this talented actor/director has been in many films and shows I loved. â€œRuthless People,â€ â€œThrow Momma from the Train,â€ â€œThe War of the Roses,â€ â€œOther Peopleâ€™s Money,â€ â€œOne flew over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest,â€ â€œHoffa,â€ â€œGet Shorty,â€ “Twins,” â€œRomancing the Stone,â€ â€œThe Jewel of the Nile,â€ â€œWalt Disneyâ€™s Hercules,â€ and even â€œBatman Returns,â€ as the Penguin(I may have serious problems with the film, but DeVitoâ€™s performance wasnâ€™t one of them). Â Oh, and before anyone says itâ€¦he was in “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.” Â I still need to see that.
One of the newest stars, has hit stardom in his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBOâ€™s â€œGame of Thrones.â€ You might recognize him as the Dwarf who attacked Will Ferrel in â€œElf.â€ He was cast as Trumpkin the Dwarf in â€œThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.â€ He also played Bolivar Trask recently in â€œX-Men: Days of Future Past.â€
And those are my 12 favorite Midget/Dwarf actors in film and television. Did I miss any of yours? Iâ€™d love to know what short actor you admire, my friends. Peace.