"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".
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