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Billy Barty

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Birth Name: Billy Barty
Born: 10/25/1924
Birth Place: Millsboro, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Place: Glendale, California, USA
Died: 12/23/2000

Born William John Bertanzetti in Millsboro, PA on Oct. 25, 1924, Billy Barty was affected by cartilage-hair hypoplasia, a rare form of short-limbed dwarfism that halted his height at 3'9". Despite his condition, Barty was a natural athlete, which led to his first entry into the motion picture business. After his father landed a job as a machinist for Columbia Pictures, Barty's family relocated to Los Angeles. There, he interrupted a location shoot by performing one of his favorite physical tricks - standing on his head and spinning in a circle. Director Jules White was astounded by the performance and gave Barty a bit role in his next picture, "Wedded Blisters" (1927). He was soon cast in mi... Continue Bio >>

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