Creator / Billy Barty

"The greatest thing about Billy Barty was that he never seemed to realize just how famous he really was."
Robert Wagner

The stage name of William John Bertanzetti (1924-2000), the entertainer, athlete and social activist who founded the Little People of America organization to help the families of people with dwarfism.

Barty appeared in many Sid & Marty Krofft Productions, most notably Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and was also the original voice of Epcot mascot Figment. He and Patty Maloney frequently worked together in films and television, as recently as the Batman: Gotham Knights episode "Double Talk". He also appeared in quite a few movies, including cult classics UHF and Masters of the Universe.

As noted above, Billy was a noted activist for people with dwarfism, and was annoyed that his most famous contemporary, Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo in Fantasy Island), insisted on being called a "midget" which Barty felt was derogatory.

A decade after his death, he remains one of the most famous and influential little people in history.

See also the Official Billy Barty & Friends Web Site.