Billy Barty Overview:

Actor, Billy Barty, was born William John Bertanzetti on Oct 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. Barty died at the age of 76 on Dec 23, 2000 in Glendale, CA .



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Billy the midget: Hey, you!
Charlie Rogers: Yeah?
[Charlie looks around but to no avail]
Billy the midget: Down here, stupid.
Charlie Rogers: Hey look, kid. You better wait till you grow up before you start picking fights with grown-ups.
Billy the midget: What do you mean, kid? I'm 38.
Charlie Rogers: [chuckles] Congratulations.
Billy the midget: Are you Charlie Rogers?
Charlie Rogers: Yep.
Billy the midget: Well, Joe's been looking for you. Come on.

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He hosted his own daily kids TV show, "Billy Barty's Big Show" (1963), where he entertained and informed his viewers and studio audiences in between reruns of The Three Stooges films. It was seen weekday afternoons on KTTV Ch.11 in Hollywood, California from the early to mid 1960s.

In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, spoke of making a movie about it. When somebody suggested casting Billy Barty, Limbaugh said he was dead; however, the next day, Barty, who admitted he listened to Limbaugh's show regularly but had missed it that day, called in to prove otherwise.

Ironically, in 1990 producer/writer William Winckler sued Billy Barty in Small Claims Court in Van Nuys, California for money that was owed him on the TV comedy series Short Ribbs, and Winckler won the case against Barty. The press had a "field day" with all the publicity, stories ran through AP, UPI, The Daily News, ABC-TV News Los Angeles by reporter Joe McMann, and news swept throughout the country. Stories of Billy Barty being sued in Small Claims Court appeared in nearly every newspaper in the U.S. and internationally, on radio news shows, and covered by TV news stations. Entertainment Tonight ran a story on Billy Barty being taken to small claims court. Barty himself said it was the most negative publicity he ever had in his life, with headlines such as "Small Billy Barty in Small Claims," "Barty Comes Up Short in Small Claims," etc. . Barty added that he got nearly as much publicity as Zsa Zsa Gabor did for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer around the same time (1990). Short Ribbs writer Warren Taylor also sued Barty in Small Claims Court and won this case as well.

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