List of Dwarfism media depictions
Dwarfism has been showcased across many types of media. As popular media has become more prevalent, a greater number of works depicting dwarfism have popularized the condition.
Several works of literature treat dwarfism as a major theme, with varying degrees of realism:
- The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) by Günter Grass. The protagonist, Oskar Matzerath, refuses to grow up and as such goes through many large events in history with the stature of a small child.
- Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. Trudi Montag is a dwarf who tries to survive in a small German town during World War II.
- The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist. The entire novel is based around a dwarf protagonist and his life in an Italian city-state.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Owen Meany, the friend of the narrator and major focus of the story, is a dwarf with a fixed voicebox.
- "Hop-Frog, or The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs" by Edgar Allan Poe. The titular character Hop-Frog and his friend Tripetta are dwarfs.
- A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. A main character, Tyrion Lannister, is a dry, quick-witted dwarf who struggles with acceptance by "normal" people who mock him and call him "the Imp".
- Maybe the Moon, by Armistead Maupin, has as its protagonist Cadence Roth, a Jewish dwarf actress. The character is based on Maupin's friend Tamara De Treaux, who played the title role in the movie E.T.
- Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen) by Werner Herzog. The film's entire cast is made up of dwarfs. The film is about a group of dwarfs confined in an institution on a remote island rebel against the guards and director.
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. The narrator of the novel, Olympia Binewski, is an albino hunchback dwarf whose family owns a traveling carnival.
Film and television
In the 1960s and early 1970s, actor Michael Dunn was well known for his recurring role on television series The Wild Wild West, as Dr. Miguelito Loveless. In the pilot episode of the Mel Brooks and Buck Henry television spy spoof Get Smart, Dunn appeared as the well-heeled gangster Mr. Big, leader of an international crime syndicate.
In the mid-1970s, Sid and Marty Krofft built an indoor theme park in Atlanta, Georgia called The World of Sid and Marty Krofft. The park included a live stage production, that was then the largest gathering of "little people" since the filming of The Wizard of Oz in 1937–38, as well as being the largest indoor theme park built to date. The facility that housed the theme park now houses the studios of CNN, the Cable News Network, and CNN Headline News.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Filipino actor Weng Weng appeared in several feature films, and played the starring role in the spy movie spoof For Your Height Only and its sequel The Impossible Kid. The 1981 fantasy film Time Bandits featured six dwarf characters.
In the 1990s, Seinfeld featured a dwarf character, Mickey Abbott, in seven episodes; Mickey was played by actor Danny Woodburn. He got into several physical altercations with 6-foot (1.8 m)-plus Kramer. In one episode, he was ostracized by his dwarf peers for using lifts in his shoes to make him look taller.
French actress and comedian Mimie Mathy is the star of the TV series Joséphine ange gardien, broadcast on TF1 since 1997, in which she plays a guardian angel who helps a variety of people solve their problems, with the help of her magical powers and good sense.
Actor and stunt man Verne Troyer has become famous playing the character "Mini-Me" in two Austin Powers movies (1999 & 2002). Fellow stuntman Jason "Wee-Man" Acuña also achieved fame, as one of the Jackass cast-members.
Actor Peter Dinklage played the lead role of Finbar McBride in the 2003 film The Station Agent. The movie won Sundance Film Festival awards that year. (Best Drama, Audience Award; Best Screenplay, Tom McCarthy). Since 2011 he has starred in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which earned him the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
The actor Warwick Davis has found success in several notable fantasy franchises, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow, Gulliver's Travels, The 10th Kingdom, and The Chronicles of Narnia (both the 1989 television serial and again in the 2008 film version of Prince Caspian).
The Littlest Groom (2004) was a Bachelor-style reality television miniseries that aired for two episodes on the Fox network. The show followed salesman Glen Foster, a 4'5" little person, in his search for love.
The Orator (2011), Samoa's first ever feature film, is the story of a dwarf taro farmer (portrayed by Fa'afiaula Sagote) who "attempts to reclaim his father's chiefly status, even if the current ageing village chief does not believe he has the physique or the oratory skill required".
Matt Roloff, Amy Roloff, and their children are the stars of a TLC reality show Little People Big World. The show portrays the family's everyday life, showcasing the unique challenges being a little person brings. Another TLC reality program concerning little people is titled The Little Couple and features pediatric specialist Dr. Jennifer Arnold and her husband, businessman Bill Klein. It focuses in on their lives together as a married couple and parents and their individual lives as educated, white-collar professionals.
Ex-con and pit bull advocate Shorty Rossi is the star of another dwarf reality program, Pit Boss, that aired from 2010 to 2013 on Animal Planet. Rossi also appears on other Animal Planet programs, most notably the "World's Cutest Dog/Cat" ones.
The Man from Another Place is a recurring character in the television series Twin Peaks. He is an evil entity who appears to FBI agent Dale Cooper as a dwarf in a red suit. The actor who portrayed him, Michael J. Anderson, is not a dwarf but rather has a genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta.
- Grass, Günter; Ralph Manheim (1962). The Tin Drum. Secker & Warburg. ISBN 978-0-679-72575-6.
- Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River. New York: Touchstone Book. ISBN 978-0-684-84477-0.
- Lagerkvist, Pär. The Dwarf. New York: Noonday Press. ISBN 978-0-374-52135-6.
- Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-36179-0.
- Poe, Edgar. Hop-Frog/Hop-Frog, or The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs. ISBN 978-0-89598-723-5.
- Martin, George. A Game of Thrones. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-10354-0.
- Maupin, Armistead. Maybe the Moon. New York: HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-06-092434-8.
- Herzog, Werner (director) (1970). Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen.
- "Michael Dunn Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "CNN Studio Tour". CNN. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- "Mickey Abbott - Part actor, part stand-in, part ladies man, and he's only 4", but he can do 4"2, 4"3 is a stretch.". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- Joséphine ange gardien - official site
- "Verne Troyer Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Jason "Wee Man" Acuna Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Peter Dinklage Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Warwick Davis Official Website - Film". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Tony Cox Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Deep Roy Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Tusi Tamasese: A voice from Samoa", New Zealand Herald, September 8, 2011
- Review: The Orator, Variety, September 19, 2011
- "Online World of Wrestling". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "The TV Series: Little People, Big World : TLC". Retrieved 2009-03-23.