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Billy Barty is a Actor American born on 25 october 1924 at Washington County (USA)

Billy Barty

Billy Barty
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Birth name William John Bertanzetti
Nationality USA
Birth 25 october 1924 at Washington County (USA)
Death 23 december 2000 (at 76 years) at Glendale (USA)

Billy Barty (October 25, 1924 – December 23, 2000) was an American film actor and television star. In adult life, he stood three feet, nine inches (114 cm), due to cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism, and because of his short stature, he was often cast in movies opposite taller performers for comic effect. He specialized in outspoken or wisecracking characters. During the 1950s, he became a television star, appearing regularly in the Spike Jones ensemble.


Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Washington, Pennsylvania, the son of Ellen Cecial (Bettegar) and Albert Steven Bertanzetti. His paternal grandfather was Italian. In 1962, he married Shirley Bolingbroke of Malad City, Idaho. They had two children, Lori Neilson and TV/film producer and director Braden Barty.

Barty and his family were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Barty died of heart failure in 2000 at age 76. He is entombed in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Best films

Willow (1988)

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Filmography of Billy Barty (75 films)

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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn, 1h26
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Films about films, Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Eric Idle, Ryan O'Neal, Coolio, Chuck D, Richard Jeni, Leslie Stefanson
Roles Billy Barty
Rating35% 1.758651.758651.758651.758651.75865
A director by the name of Alan Smithee has been allowed to direct Trio, a big-budget action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg and Jackie Chan. The studio recuts the film, and when Smithee sees the results (which he describes as being "worse than Showgirls"), he wants to disown the film. However, since his name is also the pseudonym used by Hollywood when someone does not want to have their name attached to a bad film, he steals the film and flees, threatening to destroy the film by burning it.
Radioland Murders, 1h52
Directed by Charles Martin Smith, Mel Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Musical, Crime, Romance
Themes Radio, Children's films
Actors Brian Benben, Tom Hanks, Mary Stuart Masterson, Michael Lerner, Scott Michael Campbell, Ned Beatty
Roles Himself
Rating62% 3.1000453.1000453.1000453.1000453.100045
In 1939, a new radio network based at station WBN in Chicago, Illinois begins its inaugural night. The station's owner, General Walt Whalen, depends on his employees to impress main sponsor Bernie King. This includes writer Roger Henderson, assistant director Penny Henderson (Roger's wife, seeking divorce), page boy Billy Budget, engineer Max Applewhite, conductor Rick Rochester, announcer Dexter Morris, director Walt Whalen, Jr. and stage manager Herman Katzenback. After King commissions rewrites on the radio scripts, the WBN writers get angry, adding to the fact that they have not been paid in weeks.
The Naked Truth
Directed by Nico Mastorakis
Actors Herb Edelman, Brian Thompson, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Barty, Yvonne De Carlo, Shannon Tweed
Roles The Bell Boy
Rating28% 1.409641.409641.409641.409641.40964
A take-off on "Some Like it Hot"—the film follows two men who witness a murder, dress up like women to escape, and wind up hiding in the house of a drug dealer.
Over the Hill, 1h27
Directed by Henry King, George Trumbull Miller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Melodrama
Themes Poésie, Adaptation d'un poème, Children's films
Actors Olympia Dukakis, Mae Marsh, James Kirkwood Sr., Sigrid Thornton, Derek Fowlds, Bill Kerr
Rating64% 3.211083.211083.211083.211083.21108
Alma can't stand to have one more birthday without seeing her estranged daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Sydney, Australia. But Alma doesn't fit into her daughter's political-hostess life even for a visit, and she finds more sympathy in her granddaughter. Alma, in a burst of rebellion, buys a supercharged hotrod and sets out on a voyage of self-discovery to Melbourne. Along the way, she meets con artists, gangsters, and a ponytailed white-knight in a camper and she finds not only adventure and romance, but also the courage to go back and face her relationship with her daughter and set it right.
Life Stinks, 1h32
Directed by Mel Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Lesley Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor, Mel Brooks, Howard Morris, Stuart Pankin, Billy Barty
Roles Willy
Rating59% 2.997342.997342.997342.997342.99734
Goddard Bolt (Mel Brooks) is the callous CEO of Bolt Enterprises. Bolt shows little regard for other people's property or environmentalism, and has his eye on the slum of Los Angeles so he can tear it down. Bolt makes a bet with his biggest rival, Vance Crasswell (Jeffrey Tambor), who also has an interest in the property, that he can survive on those streets for 30 days. Should Bolt lose, Crasswell owns the property, but should Bolt win, Crasswell will sell it for practically nothing.
The Rescuers Down Under, 1h53
Directed by Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Crime, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Eva Gabor, Bob Newhart, John Candy, Tristan Rogers, Adam Ryen, George C. Scott
Roles Baitmouse (voice)
Rating68% 3.4476553.4476553.4476553.4476553.447655
In the Australian Outback, a young boy named Cody rescues and befriends a rare golden eagle named Marahute, who shows him her nest and eggs. Later on, the boy unknowingly falls into an animal trap set by Percival C. McLeach, a local poacher wanted by the Australian Rangers. When McLeach finds one of the eagle's feathers on the boy's backpack, he is instantly overcome with excitement, for he knows that catching an eagle that size would make him rich because he had caught one before, which was Marahute's mate. McLeach throws Cody's backpack to a pack of crocodiles in order to trick the Rangers into thinking that Cody was dead, and kidnaps him in his attempt to force him to reveal the whereabouts of Marahute.
Lobster Man from Mars, 1h22
Directed by Stanley Sheff
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Mars in film, Comedy science fiction films, Martiens, Comedy horror films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Tony Curtis, Patrick Macnee, Deborah Foreman, Dean Jacobson, Anthony Hickox, Philip Proctor
Roles Mr. Throckmorton
Rating55% 2.7603552.7603552.7603552.7603552.760355
Young filmmaker Stevie Horowitz (Dean Jacobson) eagerly awaits a meeting with big shot Hollywood film producer J.P. Shelldrake (Tony Curtis). Shelldrake has been desperately searching for a way to avoid problems with the IRS and unpaid millions owed them in back taxes. His brilliant yet overpaid accountant (Phil Proctor) devises a scheme to allow the producer to write off the expenses of his next movie release, but only if the film is a box office flop. Armed with his foolproof plan, Shelldrake agrees to meet with Stevie and screen his film "Lobster Man From Mars" (financed by Stevie's jailed con man Uncle Joey). The plot resembles the premise of The Producers by Mel Brooks.
UHF (1989)
, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about television
Actors Fran Drescher, Victoria Jackson, David Bowe, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, Anthony Geary
Roles Noodles MacIntosh
Rating69% 3.499373.499373.499373.499373.49937
George Newman ("Weird Al" Yankovic) is a Walter Mitty-esque daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him and his friend Bob (David Bowe) from holding a steady job. George's uncle Harvey Bilchik (Stanley Brock) wins the deed to Channel 62, a UHF television station on the verge of bankruptcy, through gambling in a game of poker, with a couple of sevens ("I was bluffing!"). After prodding by his wife Esther (Sue Ane Langdon), Harvey reluctantly gives control of Channel 62 to George. George and Bob meet the Channel 62 staff which is made up of the receptionist and wannabe reporter Pamela Finklestein (Fran Drescher), dwarf photojournalist and cameraman Noodles MacIntosh (Billy Barty), an unnamed overweight cameraman, (Lou B. Washington), and eccentric engineer Philo (Anthony Geary). George attempts to introduce himself to the rival VHF network station, Channel 8, but its owner, the cynical R. J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy), angrily chases him out. On his way out of the station he encounters janitor Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards), who was recently unjustly fired by Fletcher. George offers him a janitorial job at Channel 62.
Willow (1988)
, 2h6
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film, Children's films
Actors Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Billy Barty, Patricia Hayes
Roles High Aldwin
Rating72% 3.648263.648263.648263.648263.64826
A prophecy states that a female child with a special birthmark will herald the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women in her realm to prevent fulfilment of the prophecy. When the prophesied child is born, the mother begs the midwife to take her to safety. The midwife reluctantly accepts, and leaves Nockmaar castle unnoticed. The mother is executed, and the midwife is eventually found. Knowing she cannot escape, she sets the baby on a makeshift raft of grass and sends her down the river, hoping for fate to run its course. Bavmorda sends her daughter Sorsha and General Kael to find the baby so that the prophecy can never be fulfilled.
Masters of the Universe, 1h46
Directed by Gary Goddard
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Superhero films, Films about toys, Space opera
Actors Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Anthony De Longis, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty
Roles Gwildor
Rating53% 2.69852.69852.69852.69852.6985
On the planet Eternia, at the center of the Universe, Skeletor's army seizes Castle Grayskull, scatters the remaining Eternian defenders, and captures the Sorceress of Grayskull, planning to add her power to his own by the next moonrise.
Body Slam
Body Slam (1987)
, 1h29
Directed by Hal Needham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Sports films
Actors Dirk Benedict, Kellie Martin, Tanya Roberts, Charles Nelson Reilly, Billy Barty, John Astin
Roles Tim McClusky
Rating54% 2.705442.705442.705442.705442.70544
M. Harry Smilac (Dirk Benedict), once a successful music promoter, is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his sole client, the rock band Kicks. Behind on his car payments and owing a large amount to a banker, he reluctantly accepts a job finding musical acts for the fundraiser of an unpopular politician. Although not entirely happy with his new gig, Smilac finds a love interest in Candace Vandervagen (Tanya Roberts), the daughter of the politician's wealthy campaign booster.
Snow White
Snow White (1987)
, 1h23
Directed by Michael Berz
Origin Israel
Genres Fantasy, Musical
Themes Musical films, Political films, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Diana Rigg, Sarah Patterson, Billy Barty, Nicola Stapleton, Mike Edmonds, Arturo Gil
Roles Iddy
Rating66% 3.3443153.3443153.3443153.3443153.344315
The film opens with a local Prince traveling in the woods with his men. The Prince discovers a beautiful young woman, Snow White, lying in a glass coffin. The seven dwarfs arrive and tell the Prince the story of Snow White through flashback.