Tagged: Little Person

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”.

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.

The Tick

THE TICK/FOX/2001-02 (Little People)

Tiny Man (Kevin Thompson), a small superhero who lived in “The City.” He wanted to join the League of Superheroes, but they declined him membership. The reason? …He was not tiny enough.

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Tiny Man wore a green costume with a circular chest plate and silver shoulder pads. His character appeared on episode No. 6 “The Big Leagues” (aired 12-21-2001).

See also: In Living Color (2)

Threshold

THRESHOLD/CBS/2005-2006 (Little Person)

Arthur Ramsey (Peter Dinklage), a brilliant dwarf mathematician and linguist expert who is recruited by a covert government project called ‘Threshold’ to fight against an alien invasion. His task force is named the Red Team.

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Arthur has a penchant for strip clubs and bemoans the fact that his top-secret assignment keeps him away from the bars and the babes.

Special Unit 2

SPECIAL UNIT 2/UPN/2001-02 (Gnome)

Carl the Gnome (Danny Woodburn), a diminutive con-artist and compulsive petty thief who was recruited by the Chicago Police Department as an informant for an occult undercover unit known as Special Unit 2.

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Carl assists SU2 detectives in hunting down and controlling a level of society known as Links (malicious paranormal species). Since Carl used to run with the Links crowd, he the SU2’s best contact for monitoring their activities.

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See also: Conan ; Seinfeld

Seinfeld (2)

SEINFELD/NBC/1990-98 (Little Person)

Mickey Abbott (Danny Woodburn), a hot-tempered, bearded, four-foot tall actor and buddy of “hipster dufus” Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards). The stark contrast to Kramer’s towering six-foot plus height and Mickey’s short stature provided a nice sight gag.

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When Kramer volunteered to help Mickey with an audition, unfortunatley Cosmo couldn’t sit down because his pants were super tight. Angry because Kramer refused to sit down (as per the audition script), Mickey pummeled him.

The Mickey character was introduced in “The Stand-In,” the episode in which Kramer got a job as a stand-in on the soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN.

In subsequent episodes, Mickey plays a stand-in role for Punky Brewster, a stint as department-store elf, and portrayed a patient with “Bacterial Meningitis” for a group of aspiring medical students (Kramer played “Gonorrhea”).

Mickey wore lifts in his shoes to get that extra height, but he never let his height get in the way of romance with tall women. Mickey dated women that even Kramer wanted.

Mickey parents are normal-sized (played by Robert Wagner and Jill St. John).


Note: Actor Danny Charles Woodburn was born on July 26, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An advocate for disabled and Little People issues, Woodburn serves on the Performers With Disabilities Committee of the Screen Actors Guild.

His other TV screen credits include TRACY TAKES ON (1996-1997) as Mitch Gibson; CONAN (1997-1998) as Otli the Dwarf; SPECIAL UNIT 2 (2001-2002) as Carl the Gnome; CHARMED (2002-2003) as the Head Dwarf; PASSIONS (2007-2008) as a Demon; CRASH & BURNSTEIN (2012-2014) as Mr. Poulos; BONES (2006/2013-2014) as Alex Radizwill; HAPPISH (2015) as Ernie Keebler; and NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN (2015) as Gayle.

See also: Conan ; Special Unit 2

In Living Color (2)

IN LIVING COLOR/FOX/1990-94 (Little Person)

(Debbie Lee Carrington) The Tiny Avenger, a dwarfish blonde woman who occasionally assisted Clark Bent (Damon Wayans), a black mail room worker for the Daily Glove newspaper. Clark’s alter ego was Handi-Man, a physically challenged superhero with gnarled hands who fought the likes of Doctor Naughty (Jim Carrey).

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The Tiny Avenger in front of Handi-man the superhero

The Tiny Avenger appeared on three episodes of the weekly comedy series.

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: Doreen “Mini-Mimi” on four episodes of THE DREW CAREY SHOW (1999-2000); an Ewok in the Star Wars TV Movie Ewoks: 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)  The Ewok Adventure (1984).

See also: In Living Color ; In Living Color (3) ; In Living Color (4) ; The Drew Carey Show ; The Tick

Get Smart

GET SMART/NBC/CBS/1965-70 (Little Person)

Mr. Big (Michael Dunn), a dwarfish spy working for KAOS, an international organization of evil.

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Michael Dunn as Mr. Big encounters Control Agent Maxwell Smart

On the series pilot, Mr. Big steals a Doomsday Machine, kidnaps its inventor, and threatens to destroy major cities of the world unless he’s paid $100 million.

See also: Get Smart (2)