11 of the World's Most Famous Midgets
There's a good chance of spotting someone of short stature while out celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend, as local bars such as Giligin's in Scottsdale (home to Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget) have a tendency to hire little people to don leprechaun costumes to enliven their parties.
HBO Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones
Such roles for those with dwarfism is nothing new, as little people have been used -- and often exploited -- for entertainment value as a sideshow or human oddity for centuries, dating to the days of P.T. Barnum's freak fests and as far back as medieval times.
Many little people believe such things (and the term "midget" itself) are grossly offensive, while others not only have embraced their size but have used it to springboard into success in the entertainment industry, like many of the 11 people making up out list of the world's most famous midgets.
11. Jason "Wee Man" Acuña
Best known for his hilarious exploits with the other daredevils of MTV's Jackass crew, what the 39-year-old may lack in height (due to his suffering from achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism) he more than makes up for it by the sheer enormity of his chutzpah of some of his stunts. He's a lifelong skateboarder (and currently hosts the extreme skating show 54321 on Fox Sports Network) and has also starred in such cult flicks as Death to the Supermodels, Pee Stains and Other Disasters, and Elf-Man.
Wikimedia Commons General Tom Thumb and his bride Lavinia Warren.
10. General Tom Thumb
Born Charles Sherwood Stratton in 1836, this entertainer became one of the legendary P.T. Barnum's most famous attractions at his touring showcase of the bizarre after the circus promoter discovered the wee lad at the age 5 and taught him how to dance, sing, and perform impersonations. He toured the world with Barnum's show, entertained European royalty, and made headlines when he married fellow dwarf Lavinia Warren in 1863.