11 of the World's Most Famous Midgets

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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones
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.

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.

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- 10 of the World's Most Famous Conjoined Twins
- Six Leprechaun Myths Debunked By Chuey the Rock 'N' Roll Midget

11. Jason "Wee Man" Acuña
Height: 4-foot-1
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.

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General Tom Thumb and his bride Lavinia Warren.

10. General Tom Thumb
Height: 3-foot-4
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.


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daviegarden
daviegarden

The article is about midgets, so how can the term 'midgets' be inappropriate. Midgets is the recognised terminology for small people along with Dwarf. Would you complain about an article dealing with giants claiming the word 'giant' is inappropriate?

aldaddy
aldaddy

agree the term "midget" is completely inappropriate.  they are people.  also, upon seeing the title i wondered how high on list billy barty would be.  can't believe he's omitted in favor of several i'm sure most people have never heard of.


lancesackless
lancesackless

How can you have a list like this without Billy Barty.  If it wasn't for him, little people in acting wouldn't even be on the map!

lizbradley3
lizbradley3

Yeah, um, just because they put themselves in show business doesn't mean they're okay with being called midgets. 

Verne Troyer should not be above Peter Dinklage or Warwick Davis. Check out "Life's Too Short" and "Idiot Abroad: Short Way Round" to see how awesome Warwick is. 

Also, people should see Hervé Villechaize in Forbidden Zone. So weird.

Kyle Brock
Kyle Brock

"Midget" is not the preferred nomenclature dude!

Michael Chezem
Michael Chezem

Here's an idea: learn the difference between midgets and dwarves, dipshit.

lizbradley3
lizbradley3

From wikipedia: "Midget is a term that is widely considered pejorative for a person of unusually short stature..."

From Diffen.com: "The word midget is considered derogatory and offensive."

From Mirriam-Webster: "sometimes offensive: a very small person; specifically: a person of unusually small size who is physically well-proportioned."

Dwarfism is an actual medical condition. Not all Little People have dwarfism, therefore not all Little People are dwarves. But none of them want to be called "midget" which harkens back to the freak show days. So the safe bet is to use the ACTUAL recognized terminology, which is "Little People".

dain.gore
dain.gore

@lizbradley3 Since you mentioned Villechaize, I thought this would be relevant:

"(Billy) Barty was a noted activist for the promotion of rights for others with dwarfism. He was disappointed with contemporary Hervé Villechaize's insistence that they were "midgets" instead of actors with dwarfism. Barty founded the Little People of America organization to help people with dwarfism in 1957 when he called upon people of short stature to join him in a get-together in Reno, Nevada. That original meeting of 21 people grew into Little People of America, a group which as of 2010 has more than 6,800 members. It was the first North American organization for little people."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Barty#Activism

dain.gore
dain.gore

@lizbradley3 To your defintions I will add this as well:

"During the 2009 National Conference of the Little People of America, a press conference was held to make a public statement regarding the use of the word "midget", which is considered offensive by many people with dwarfism. The statement was made in direct response to an episode of Celebrity Apprentice which featured a multiple uses of the word "midget" and a justification of it by one of the celebrities, Jesse James. Members of the LPA have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over the use of the word midget on broadcast television. The complaint said that "the word 'midget' is considered offensive to the dwarfism community and should not be seen or heard on TV or radio".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_People_of_America

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