List of Dwarfism media depictions

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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:

Film and television[edit]

Several works of visual arts treat dwarfism as a major theme, with varying degrees of realism:

  • 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.[9]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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).[15] 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 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".[19][20]
  • Since 2006, Dylan Postl has appeared on WWE programming as Hornswoggle, a wrestling leprechaun.[21]
  • 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.[22] 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.


  1. ^ Grass, Günter; Ralph Manheim (1962). The Tin Drum. Secker & Warburg. ISBN 978-0-679-72575-6. 
  2. ^ Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River. New York: Touchstone Book. ISBN 978-0-684-84477-0. 
  3. ^ Lagerkvist, Pär. The Dwarf. New York: Noonday Press. ISBN 978-0-374-52135-6. 
  4. ^ Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-36179-0. 
  5. ^ Poe, Edgar. Hop-Frog/Hop-Frog, or The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs. ISBN 978-0-89598-723-5. 
  6. ^ Martin, George. A Game of Thrones. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-10354-0. 
  7. ^ Maupin, Armistead. Maybe the Moon. New York: HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-06-092434-8. 
  8. ^ Herzog, Werner (director) (1970). Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen. 
  9. ^ "Michael Dunn Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  10. ^ "CNN Studio Tour". CNN. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ Joséphine ange gardien - official site
  13. ^ "Verne Troyer Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  14. ^ "Jason "Wee Man" Acuna Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  15. ^ "Peter Dinklage Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  16. ^ "Warwick Davis Official Website - Film". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  17. ^ "Tony Cox Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  18. ^ "Deep Roy Filmography". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  19. ^ "Tusi Tamasese: A voice from Samoa", New Zealand Herald, September 8, 2011
  20. ^ Review: The Orator, Variety, September 19, 2011
  21. ^ "Online World of Wrestling". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  22. ^ "The TV Series: Little People, Big World : TLC". Retrieved 2009-03-23.