Category: Height Impaired

Mad Dogs

Mad Dogs/AMAZON STUDIOS/2015-2016 (Dwarfism)

The Cat (Mark Povinelli), a dwarf hitman/assassin who wears a cat head in the commission of his crimes.

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Born August 9, 1971), Mark Povinelli stands 3’ 9½” and weighs 75 pounds. His dwarfism (spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SEDc) is a result of skeletal dysplasia which causes a mutation in the COL2A1 (type II collagen) gene.

Povinelli is a member of Little People of America, an organization that promotes awareness, advocacy and medical assistance for individuals with forms of dwarfism.

Mark is also affiliated with Willow Management, a dwarf acting agency based in the UK, looks after almost 250 clients across the world. Run by Peter Burroughs and Warwick  the agency arranges auditions for their clients and protects them from being exploited.

When not acting or doing occasional stunt work, Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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NOTE: The Amazon Studios MAD DOGS series is an American adaptation of Cris Cole’s UK TV series of the same name that aired on SKY-1 from 2011-2013.

Set in Belize, a group of longtime, forty-something friends—a mixture of single, married and recently divorced – reunite to celebrate Milo’s (Billy Zane) retirement. After things take a bad turn, secrets come out, and resentment festers among them.

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The Menacing Dwarf Hit Man (Tomas Pozzi) in British Version

SeeMad Dogs Trailer – American VersionMad Dogs Trailer – British Version

Game of Thrones (2)

Game of Thrones/HBO/2011-2018 (Dwarfism)

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is an intelligent dwarf with a dark wit who is called “The Imp” and “The Half Man.”  He is the third and youngest child of wealthy and powerful Tywin Lannister, the former Hand of the King.

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Tyrion’s mother Joanna died giving birth to him and Tywin blames him for her death and consequently treats him like a “second class noble.” To pass the time, Tyrion finds comfort in drinking and carousing.

Tyrion is very intelligent, and he uses his wit and ability to manipulate situations to his advantage. In the end, he is a survivor.

In the fourth episode (May 8, 2011) Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), presents Bran Stark with a gift: an accessible horse-riding saddle. When informed that Bran has lost the use of his legs, Tyrion replies, “What of it? With the right horse and saddle, even a cripple can ride.” When asked why Tyrion wants to help Bran, since the Starks and the Lannisters are rivals. he responds, “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.”


Some Quotes of Tyrion Lannister

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and the world can never be used to hurt you.”


“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.”


“It’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you’ve put a crown on its head.”


“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar. You’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”


“It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy.”


“Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores.”


“Drinking and lust, no man can match me in these things. I am the god of tits and wine.”


“I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you! I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it!”


“I’m not particularly good at violence, but I’m good at convincing other people to do violence for me.”


“Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them!”


“I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you’re safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. Then you will know the debt is paid.”


“Death is so final, yet life is full of possibilities.”

See also – Game of Thrones

Inch High, Private Eye

Inch High, Private Eye/NBC/1973-1974 (Tiny Detective)

Inch High (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) is a pint-sized private eye in a trenchcoat who works for the Finkerton Detective Agency. His cantankerous boss, Mr. Finkerton (voiced by John Stephenson) dislikes Inch and is always looking for ways to fire him.

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While on assignment, Inch rides in an electric vehicle called the “Hushmobile.” Its quiet engine makes no noise as it tails suspects and criminals like Spumoni the Great, Mr. Midas, or King Ra.

“The world’s biggest little detective. Inch High, Private Eye.”

Inch is assisted by his clever niece, Lori (voiced by Kathy Gori) who communicates with a Compact-phone stored in her purse; her hulking, dimwitted boyfriend, Gator (voiced by Bob Lutell) who drives the Hushmobile; and Inch’s loyal, St. Bernard dog, Braveheart (voiced by Don Messick) who often falls asleep on the job. On occasion, Inch teams with Super Flea (a mechanical insect) and Goldie, the world’s greatest goldfish.

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Note: The 13-episode cartoon was created by Hanna-Barbera Studios. Reruns of the 30-minute animated series have been aired on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network (as part of the Mysteries, Inc. block) and Boomerang.

The Inch High character is reminiscent of tiny heroes like Atom Ant (Hanna-Barbera), The Atom (DC Comics) and Ant Man (Marvel Comics).

The Finkerton Detective Agency is a spoof of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, one of the first detective agencies in the United States of America.

 

The Drew Carey Show

The Drew Carey Show/ABC/1995-2004 (Little Person)

Doreen (Debbie Lee Carrington), a feisty little person who works at the Winfred-Louder Department store in Cleveland, Ohio. At the store, Doreen admired coworker Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney) and began to act and dress like her. Because she was smaller version of Bobeck, Doreen was called  “Mini Mimi.”

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Doreen cheered the larger Mimi when she insulted Drew Carey, the Asst. Director of Personnel with such barbs as “Bite me, Doughboy” and “Shut up, Pig!”

“One of these days, I’m going to bite you and I’m going to get very, very sick.” – Drew to Mimi

The Doreen character debuted on the first episode of Season 5 “Y2K, You’re Okay” (September 22, 1999) and made three more appearances on the show.

Note: Standing 3′ 10″ tall, Deborah “Debbie” Lee Carrington was born December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California. She is an actress and stuntwoman. Her TV credits included: The Tiny Avenger on the comedy sketch show IN LIVING COLOR (1991-1992); an Ewok in the Star Wars TV movie The Battle for Endor (1985); and Little Bigfoot on HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987). Her film credits included: Thumbelina, a resident of the planet Mars in the sci-fi film Total Recall (1990); and an Ewok in the Star Wars films Return of the Jedi (1983)  and The Ewok Adventure (1984).

See also: In Living Color (2)

Passions

PASSIONS/NBC/1999-2007 (Small doll brought to life)

Timmy “Tim Tim” Lenox (Josh Ryan Evans), the diminutive companion of Tabitha Lenox, a sly, single, spell-casting witch who lived in the town of Harmony, Maine.

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To assuage her loneliness, Tabitha created a 3-foot-2-inch living doll called Timmy, and while it lasted, she enjoyed the fruits of their bizarre friendship.

“Oh, the old spells were the good spells, Tim-Tim. The language is really quite beautiful: ‘May Beelzebub’s drool seal your eyelids shut.’ Ha! They don’t write them like that any more, Timmy!”

Unlike Tabitha, Timmy had a good heart and often intervened to stop her wickedness, especially when it came to Charity Standish, whom he loved for her innocence and kindness.

Unfortunately, Timmy dies from wounds inflicted by a zombie version of Charity Standish. Timmy’s heart was donated to Charity Standish to save her life.

When Timmy died, Tabitha went back to what she had done best for centuries, placing curses on the good folk of Harmony.

The spirit of Timmy made an appearance in late 2007, advising Tabitha to use good not evil to rescue her new daughter, Endora from the dark forces of Witchcraft.

Note: Born January 10, 1982 in Hayward, California, Josh Ryan Evans had a rare disease called achondroplasia (Dwarfism). He died of congenial heart failure on August 5, 2002 (at the age of 20) in San Diego, California, ironically,  the same day his fictional character Timmy died on the show. The episode was filmed before Ryan entered the hospital.

“I always knew I wanted to be a character in the movies. When I was growing up, I had to have a lot of surgery, and I spent a lot of time recovering at home and in the hospital. Watching movies took me away from my problems and gave em a total escape …..My size is an asset to me. People write roles for me. If I was just another blond-haired, brown-eyed, 18-year-old actor, I’d be left unrecognized. People remember me.” – Josh Ryan Evans

Before he passed away, Josh Ryan Evans was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 and won two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 2000 and 2001. Ryan’s tombstone marker reads: “Dream Big”.

Bewitched

BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72 (Injured Back/Spine)

(Dick York/costar) Darrin Stephens, advertising executive with the firm of McMann and Tate who was married to a witch named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) at 1164 Morning Glory Circle in Westport, Connecticut.

When Dick York was filming They Came to Cordura with Gary Cooper in 1959, he was required to lift a railroad handcar along with several other actors. Unfortunately, when the director yelled “Cut” all the actors but York dropped the handcar and it fell on him, wrenching his spine and tearing his muscles.

The trauma caused by the accident followed him throughout the filming of the BEWITCHED series, forcing him to eventually miss a number of episodes, twelve of which were due to his back ailment. He left the series in 1969.

He spent his later years living in Rockford, Michigan, suffering from a deteriorating spine and emphysema. Although physically incapacitated, he found time to run the Dick York Acting for Life organization that assisted the homeless.

He died on February 21, 1992, at the age of sixty-three.

Webster

WEBSTER/ABC/1983-87/SYN/1987-89 (Short Person)

Webster Long (Emmanuel Lewis), a small, 5-year-old black boy (40 inches high) who was adopted by two white adults after his parents (Travis and Gert Long) died in a car crash.

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After losing his parents, Webster is adopted by his godfather who happens to be George Papadopolis , a retired football star (Alex Karras) and sportscaster at local station WBJX-TV. George’s newly married wife, Katherine Calder-Young (Susan Clark) was a socialite and consumer advocate with no domestic skills. Katherine later became a family psychologist.

Although new to the parent game, the Papadopolises adjusted their lives and helped raise the tiny orphan the best they could in a luxurious high-rise apartment in Chicago, Illinois. George’s aging father, George Sr. (Jack Kruschen) known to all as “Papa” Papadopolis visited and interacted with Webster.

Webster’s Uncle Phillip Long (Ben Vereen) had issues with Webster living with a white couple and wanted to adopt his nephew. Eventually, Phillip decided to move to Hollywood without Webster to become an actor.

Then there was the fire. While experimenting with a science kit, Webster accidentally burned down the family’s apartment. They relocated to a large Victorian house at 1432 North State Parkway in Chicago’s Gold Coast. The home owners, Bill and Cassie Parker (Eugene Roche and Cathryn Damon) leased the upper house to the Papadopolises, while they lived in the basement apartment. The Parkers later moved to Florida and sold the house to George and Katherine, and, of course, Webster.

Note: Emmanuel Lewis was born March 9th, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. Lewis insists his short stature is not attributable to any debilitating medical condition. The then 42″ (3″ 6″) tall star has grown since the age of 12. His current height is recorded at 4ft. and 3 inches.

The 11,000-square-foot, Gold Coast mansion used as the family home of TV’s “Webster” went up for sale in April of 2016 for $9.499 million.

World of Giants

WORLD OF GIANTS (WOG)/SYN/1959 (Miniaturized Spy)

Mel Hunter (Marshall Thompson), an undercover agent who had been scientifically reduced to the height of six-inches.

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With the aid of his full-size partner, Bill Winters (Arthur Franz) they infiltrated and busted crime organizations.

“You are about to see one of the most closely guarded secrets and one of the most fantastic series of events ever recorded in the annals of counterespionage. This is my story, the story of Mel Hunter, who lives in your world…a WORLD OF GIANTS.”

Mel usually traveled in Bill Winters’ briefcase. The interior was equipped with a plush chair with seatbelt and a trap door. Sometimes Mel would exit the briefcase and take pictures of secret plans and then slip back unnoticed to his tiny living quarters. If his partner, Bill got captured, Mel left the briefcase, cut the ropes securing his partner so both of them could get away from the bad guys.

“Good old Bill. Without him, I didn’t want to think what life would be like without Bill. Even with Bill, I’d never be safe, no matter where I am. Things most people wouldn’t notice could mean death to me.” 

To escape a snarling cat,  Mel pulled the trigger on a fire extinguisher. The cloud of gas scared the cat away, giving him time to climb up a phone cord on the desk above and move a rotary dial to call for assistance.

External Link: World of Giants (Episode) @ You Tube

The Wizard

THE WIZARD/CBS/1986-87 (Little Person)

Simon McKay (David Rappaport), a genius inventor and toy maker who created fantastic devises for fun and the US Government.

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Simon is protected by CIC agent Alex Jagger (Douglas Barr) who is assigned to keep Simon safe from mercenaries, ruthless businessmen, and other nefarious folk those who sought to use Simon’s genius for evil. Another person on Simon’s team is his long time friend, Tillie Russell (Fran Ryan).

Simon’s arch-enemy is Troyan (Roy Dotrice), a sinister fellow suffering from radiation poison. He once kidnapped Tillie Russell and held her hostage in Hong Kong until Simon and Alex rescued her.

Some of Simon’s creations included: Aegis, a prototype robotic helper dog; The Golden Fleece, Simon’s radio-controlled plane; H.E.N.R.I., a robot (Voice of Roddy McDowell); and an inspirational board game “Never Give Up.”

Note: David Rappaport measured 3-feet, 11-inches in height. Born David Stephen Rappaport on November 23, 1951 in London, England, actor David Rapport died on May 2, 1990 (age 38) in San Fernando Valley, California from suicide (self-inflicted gunshot to the chest with a .38 caliber revolver). He was buried at the Waltham Abbey cemetery in England.

His other screen credits: Randall, the ringleader of a motley group of time-traveling thieves in the film Time Bandits (1981); Rinaldo, a little person who befriends a giant in The Bride (1985);  and Hamilton Skylar, a slick attorney in a few episodes of of the TV series L.A. LAW (1986).

The Wild Wild West

THE WILD WILD WEST/CBS/1965-70 (Little Person)

Dr. Miguelito Loveless (Michael Dunn), an evil dwarf genius whose main goal in life was the conquest of the world.

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Dr. Loveless, who always evaded capture (like Sherlock Holmes’ Professor Moriarty), was the main antagonist of frontier secret service agents James T. West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin).

Dr. Loveless was assisted by two sinister sidekicks: Voltaire, a giant of a man (Richard Kiel) and Antoinette, a beautiful songstress (Phoebe Dorin).

Originally, Loveless sought revenge when his family lost their land grant in California from the Spanish Viceroy of Mexico when California became part of the United States. Over time, Loveless’ plans became more grandiose and sinister.

On the reunion TV-movie WILD WILD WEST REVISITED (1979), the slightly taller but still diminutive son of Miquelito Loveless, Michelito Loveless (Paul Williams) assumes his father’s criminal empire and tries to take over the world by cloning replicants of world leaders.

wild-wild-west-dr-loveless-wanted-posterThe plan forced secret agents James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) out of retirement to thwart Michelito’s villainous plan.

A burial marker at Miquelito Loveless’ tombstone revealed that Miquelito was born in 1848 and had died in 1880. He died from ulcers caused by anxiety brought on by agents West and Gordon who were always on his trail.


Note: Michael Dunn was 3′ 11″ tall. Born Gary Neil Miller on October 20, 1934 in Shattuck, Oklahoma, actor Michael Dunn died on August 29, 1973 (age 38) in Knightsbridge, London, England. In 2007, his remains were moved from Florida and placed in Sunset Memorial Park in Norman, Oklahoma where his parents were buried.

At age 15, Dunn was a concert pianist until a crippling condition known as chondrodystrophy (Dwarfism) damaged his elbows and ruined his career as a pianist. His success in life would come in the field of acting.

The Dr. Miquelito Loveless character was introduced on episode “The Night the Wizard Shook The Earth” (October 1, 1965). Michael Dunn as Loveless appeared in ten episodes over four seasons. The other episodes included:

  • The Night That Terror Stalked the Town (November 19, 1965)
  • The Night of the Whirring Death (February 18, 1966)
  • The Night of the Murderous Spring (April 15, 1966)
  • The Night of the Raven (September 30, 1966)
  • The Night of the Green Terror (November 18, 1966)
  • The Night of the Surreal McCoy (March 3, 1967)
  • The Night of the Bogus Bandits (April 7, 1967)
  • The Night Dr. Loveless Died (September 29, 1967)
  • The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge (December 13, 1968)

In the film remake of The Wild Wild West (1999), a character named Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh), a sinister double amputee who battled U.S. Army Captain James West and U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline). Loveless was a former Confederate military engineer who had lost most of his lower body in an accidental explosion. The disabled Loveless rode a steam-powered wheelchair and had a pair of mechanical legs. His character died by falling off a cliff while battling James West.

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Before he died, Loveless threatened to destroy the United States with his mechanized forces unless President Grant agreed to split up the United States into parcels which would be given to Great Britain, France, Spain, Mexico, the Native American people, and, of course, Loveless.