Malcolm Dixon (actor)

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Malcolm Dixon
BornSeptember 1953 (age 66)
Years active1966–1997
Spouse(s)Anita Dixon

Malcolm Dixon (born September 1953) is an English-born actor best known as Strutter in the 1981 movie Time Bandits.[1][2] He has had many roles that take advantage of his 4'1" size, such as Ewoks and dwarfs. Before becoming an actor, Dixon worked in Jim Henson's Creature Shop.[citation needed]


Malcolm Dixon was born in September 1953, the youngest of seven brothers and the only child with dwarfism. He was raised in Crook, Durham, England. His parents died when he was young, and he has outlived all his brothers.[3][4]

Dixon worked on his parents' poultry farm and as a floral artist. He was discovered by a talent agent who was keen on Dixon's talents with ice skates at the Durham Ice Rink. He then worked in an ice show at Empire Pool, Wembley. His stature and physical abilities landed him work with Jim Henson's Creature Shop, where he worked in multiple movies and television shows until becoming an independent actor, most notably starring in Time Bandits and in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as an Ooompa Looma, (an uncredited role). He was also featured in many music videos for artists such as David Bowie, Duran Duran, and Spandau Ballet.

Dixon is married to Anita Dixon and has two children.


Malcolm Dixon has acted in over 30 films, including:

Year Title Role Notes
2005 100 Greatest Family Films self
1997 Witch Way Love Merlin
1988 Willow Nelwyn Band Member uncredited
1987 Snow White Diddy
1986 Labyrinth Goblin Corps
1985 Arena Video
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Ewok Warrior as Malcom Dixon
1982 The Dark Crystal Additional Performer
1981-1982 The Goodies Washing Machine / Dwarf
1981 Time Bandits Strutter
1980-1981 The Dick Emery Show Episode #18.2 (1980) and Episode #19.4 (1981)
1980 Basil Brush
1980 Flash Gordon Dwarf
1979 Black Jack Tom Thumb's Army
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Oompa Loompa uncredited[5][6]
1966 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sleepy[7]


His main leading role in theater was as Bilbo Baggins in an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit at the Fortune Theatre in London, England from 1986 to 1989. From 2000 to the present, he is a regular in panto productions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[8][9][10] His other theater roles include:


  1. ^ "There are now just three Munchkins alive". Nov 11, 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ "The Time Bandits...30 Years On". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Malcolm Dixon". Nerf Herders Anonymous. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  4. ^ Whetstone, David. "Malcolm hits the big time". The Journal. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  5. ^ Kilma, Jeff. "Recasting Movies With YouTubers: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory". Rockstars. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Meet Albert Wilkinson - one of the original Oompa Loompas". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  8. ^ Mottram, Margaret. "Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Albert Halls, Bolton". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Jimmy pays tribute to panto team/". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Swansea Grand Theater Pantomime Archive". Retrieved 7 June 2017.

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