Michael Gilden

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Michael Gilden
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Born (1962-09-22)September 22, 1962
Los Angeles, California
United States
Died December 5, 2006(2006-12-05) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Meredith Eaton (2001-06; his death)

Michael Jeffrey Gilden (September 22, 1962 - December 5, 2006) was an American actor with dwarfism (height 4 ft 6 in or 1.37 m). He lived and worked in Los Angeles.

Gilden performed or did stunt work in a variety of television series and films, including Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Family Law, Cybill, NCIS and Pulp Fiction, and had a role as an Ewok in the film Return of the Jedi. He appeared twice in Season 4 of the hit series NCIS. Gilden was also a Financial Advisor.

In August 1997, he met Meredith Eaton through mutual friends in Atlanta, Georgia. Gilden encouraged Eaton to pursue a career in acting, and she became an actress in 1999. The couple married on May 20, 2001.

Gilden committed suicide on December 5, 2006, hanging himself in his Los Angeles home. He was 44.[1] He was buried in a private service at Mission Hills, California, on December 10.


  1. ^ "Actor Gilden dies at 44". Variety. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2009. 

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