“A great man can negotiate success and pass any test, and only notice size when given the time to rest.” That quote sums up the diminutive dynamo Billy Barty, born William John Bertonzetti, who broke new ground in numerous films and television shows where he transcended his 3’9″ status. Mr. Barty was a wonderful performer in Alice in Wonderland, Willow, Foul Play, Tough Guys and Masters of the Universe. Mr. Barty also championed the cause of “The Little People of America, Inc.” by promoting opportunities and equal pay for their characterizations.
Billy earned his spurs with guest shots on TV series including Rawhide, The Waltons, and Little House on the Prairie. He is also remembered for the two films he made with Elvis Presley, Roustabout and Harum Scarum.
Billy Barty was a husband, a father of two, a friend, and a hero to all his loved ones. He died of heart problems and a lung infection in Glendale, California.