June 27, 1909
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||November 9, 1988
Dayton, Nevada, U.S.
|Other names||Little Billy, The Singer Midgets|
|Height||4 feet 2 inches (1.27 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Joann Curtis (m.1948-1988; his death)|
Billy Curtis, born Luigi Curto, (June 27, 1909 – November 9, 1988) was an American film and television actor with dwarfism who had a 50-year career in the entertainment industry.
The bulk of his work was in the western and science fiction genres. One of his early roles was uncredited as a Munchkin city father in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He had a featured role as part of the circus troupe in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942). He also appeared in Superman and the Mole Men (1951), a B-Picture intended as the pilot for the Adventures of Superman TV series.
Curtis work in westerns included the Clint Eastwood feature, High Plains Drifter (1973) in which he featured as Mordecai, a friendly small person sympathetic to Eastwood, he also appeared in the Musical/Western The Terror of Tiny Town (1938). This film is, as far as is known, the world's only Western with an all-midget cast. Many of the actors in Tinytown were part of a performing troupe called Singer's Midgets, who also played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. Curtis had a starring role in American International Pictures' Little Cigars (1973), about a gang of small people on a crime spree.
- Billy Curtis at Find a Grave
- Billy Curtis at the Internet Movie Database
- Billy Curtis at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- The Terror of Tiny Town at the Internet Movie Database
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