March 31, 2006, Newsletter Issue #55: Actor, activist Billy Barty dies

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December 23, 2000. Billy Barty, a 3-foot-10 actor whose career spanned seven decades and all types of roles, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 76. Barty had been hospitalized in Glendale for heart problems and a lung infection, said his publicist, Bill York. Barty appeared in his first Hollywood feature in 1927 at the age of 3 and performed for radio, television and on Broadway. He played a number of outrageous characters, including a wizard in the movie "Willow" (1988), a tongue-in-cheek role as a German spy in "Under The Rainbow" (1981) with Chevy Chase, a suspected stalker in "Foul Play" (1978), and an agent in "Day of the Locust" (1975). In 1957, Barty founded Little People of America, an advocacy group for others with dwarfism. He later started a non-profit foundation to help improve the quality of life for little people, the term he said he preferred.

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