Monday, November 15, 2004

Famous and Almost Famous Little People

With the demand for dwarf actors and a constrained supply of them, a handful of dwarfs -- to use the Tolkien plural -- play a plurality of roles in movies and TV shows.

Kenny Baker: R2D2 (Star Wars), Dufflepod (Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Nelwyn band member (Willow), Goblin Corps (Labyrinth), Parody Commendatore (Amadeus), Fidgit (Time Bandits), Plumed Dwarf (Elephant Man).

Jack Purvis: Golg (Silver Chair), Dufflepod, Jeremy/Gustavus (Baron Munchhausen), Nelwyn band member, Goblin Corps, Dr. Chapman (Brazil), Teebo (ROTJ), Wally (Time Bandits), Chief Ugnaught (ESB), Chief Jawa (Star Wars).

Warwick Davis: Professor Flitwick (Harry Potter), Marvin the Paranoid Android (Hitch-hiker's Guide), Oberon (Ray), Wald/Pod Race Spectator/Mos Espa Citzen (Episode I), Pechet (Prince Valiant), Grildrig (Gulliver's Travels), Glimfeather (Silver Chair), Reepicheep (Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Willow Ufgood (Willod), Goblin Corps, Wicket (Battle for Endor, Ewok Adventure, ROTJ).

Verne Troyer: Mini-Me (Austin Powers), Griphook (Harry Potter), Band Member (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Baby Joe (Mighty Joe Young), Wee Waiter (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Wrestler (My Giant), Alien Son (Men in Black).

Tony Cox: Marcus (Bad Santa), Shonte Jackson (Me, Myself, and Irene), Vohnkar Warrior (Willow), Preacher (Beetlejuice), Dink (Spaceballs), Willy (Battle for Endor, Ewok Adventure, ROTJ).

Nelson de la Rosa: Majai (Island of Dr. Moreau).

Hervé Villechaize
: Tattoo (Fantasy Island), Nick Nack (Man with the Golden Gun).

Shari Weiser: Trollog (Babes in Toyland), Hoggle (Labyrinth).

Peter Burroughs: Nelwyn Villager (Willow), Goblin Corps, Ewok, Additional Performer (Dark Crystal), Dwarf (Flash Gordon).

Danny Blackner: Short Stack Stevens (Muppet Treasure Island), Goblin Corps, Ewok.

Malcom Dixon: Nelwyn Band Member, Goblin Corps, Ewok, Additional Performer (Dark Crystal), Strutter (Time Bandits), Dwarf (Flash Gordon), Oompa Loompa (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).

Anthony Georghiou: R.O.U.S. (Princess Bride), Goblin Corps.

Rusty Goffe: Nelwyn Villager, Le Muff (History of the World: Part I), Dwarf (Flash Gordon), Kabe/Jawa/GONK Droid (Star Wars), Oompa Loompa.

Angelo Muscat: Oompa Loompa, Butler (The Prisoner), Chumblie (Dr. Who).

Marcus Powell: Horseflesh (Time Bandits), Midget (Elephant Man), Rycar Ryjerd (Star Wars), Oompa Loompa.

Deep Roy: Oompa Loompa, Mr. Soggybottom (Big Fish), Gorilla Kid/Thade (Planet of the Apes), Droopy McCool (ROTJ), Additional Performer (Dark Crystal), Aura's Pet, Fellini (Flash Gordon), Italian Assassin (Pink Panther Strikes Again).

In Labyrinth and ROTJ: Michael Henbury Ballan, Paul Grant, Andrew Herd, Richard Jones, Peter Mandell, Nicholas Read, Linda Spriggs.

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