Dinklage was born with achondroplasiaa form of dwarfism caused by an abnormality in the bone-producing cells of the growth plates of long bones such as the femur and the humerus. Possessing an infectious charm, he began acting at an early age, and he attended Bennington College in Vermont. The project failed to take off, however, and Dinklage appeared in Off-Broadway productions while working at a variety of day jobs to support himself.

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Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free. 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. 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. He's a lifelong skateboarder and currently hosts the extreme skating show 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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Universal Pictures has said the decision to go with average-sized actors was a casting one, and not based on body type.


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The call goes out every Christmas for little people to play Santa's helpers. That's steady work, an actor's best friend. But for dwarf performers it's a mixed blessing.

He'll next be seen in the Robin Williams comedy Death to Smoochy. In the early days of his career, Woodburn appeared as a dancing druid in a Spinal Tap reunion show. These days, Hollywood has a high demand for little people. With the success of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, sc of fantasy films are in development. It was a major blow when average-sized actors were cast as Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Still, many dwarfs are sending out their s — hoping to be the next Mini-Me. He's being heavily promoted in the coming attractions — confirming his big box-office appeal.

Troyer's screen time has been expanded in the new film. He'll also play a second role in the film — a swinging Mini-Austin who's chased by rabid fans like a dwarf Elvis.

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That's not the meaty role some little people are yearning for, but Troyer's making headway. But there were benefits: "At least you could say to your colleagues, 'I'm working with George Lucas.

A more ificant role in Willow led to various TV appearances — and chances to act. Fondacaro is especially proud of his portrayal of a dwarf father with an average-sized son in Touched by an Angel. I'm not an Ewok.

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I'm a dwarf who has average-sized children," Fondacaro says. That's real life. Any actor will tell you a good role doesn't come along every day, and little people have had a brutal history in Hollywood. In the early days, little people were hardly treated better than performing animals. When The Wizard of Oz was being made, show business impresario Leo "Papa" Singer acted as agent for most of the Munchkins and took a whopping 50 percent commission. With a half-century of screen credits, Maren has played Buster Brown and the Hamburglar in commercials. He's had minor roles in more than 50 films, including a part as chimpanzee baby in the original Planet of the Apes.

But it's show business. It's never easy. The Wolf Files ispublished Tuesdays.

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