Famous Little People

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In Quebec...

Alban Bluteau

Normande Gagnon
Marcel Gauthier
Lionel Giroux
Comte Philippe Nicol



...And Elsewhere

Michael J. Anderson
Billy Barty
Comte Joseph Buralowsky
Gary Coleman
Peter Dinklage

Michael Dunn
Mimie Mathy
Michel Petrucciani
Alexander Pope
Charles Sherwood Stratton
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Hervé Villechaize

In Quebec...
Alban Bluteau Alban Bluteau - 1923
Type of dwarfism:Pseudo-achondroplasia
Quebec painter from the Charlevoix region, renowned for his works of naive art. He took courses with painters René Richard and Iacourto. Alban Bluteau still paints, writes poetry, and exhibits his works.
Normande Gagnon Normande Gagnon - 1933
Type of dwarfism: Unknown
Aka Dolly Darcel, founder of the AQPPT (Club Le Petit Monde) and performer, she has traveled throughout Quebec with her husband Paul Hébert and presented variety shows.
Marcel Gauthier Marcel Gauthier aka Sky Low low - 1928-1998
Type of dwarfism: Unknown – approx. 1.27 metres.
Athlete and wrestler of the 1950’s. Big rival of Little Beaver. He died in 1998 at age 70.
Lionel Giroux

Lionel Giroux aka Little Beaver - 1934-1995
Type of dwarfism: Hypochondroplasia – approx. 1.32 metres
Athlete and wrestler of the 1950s, he left his mark in the world of wrestling. A book was published about his life, Un nain dans l'arène de la vie (A dwarf in the arena of life). He died in 1995. His last fight took place at Wrestlemania III at the Pontiac Silversdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

Philippe Nicol Comte Philippe Nicol - 1850-1949
Type of dwarfism: Proportionate
Little person who lived at the beginning of the 1900s. He crowned himself "Count of all dwarfs” and founded the "Palace of the dwarfs” in Montreal, a true museum of miniatures, which is now closed.

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...And elsewhere

M.J. Anderson

Michael J. Anderson - 1953
Type of dwarfism: Osteogenesis imperfecta
American actor known for his role in the David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks and the HBO series Carnivàle. Before becoming an actor, he worked for NASA as a computer expert.

Billy Barty Billy Barty - 1924-2000
Type of dwarfism: Hypoplasia – approx. 1.14 metres.

American actor and comedian. In 1957, he founded LPA (Little people of America),the first association for little people and the defense of their rights and thereafter his own foundation. He died December 23, 2000, of a heart attack at age 76.
  Comte Józef Boruwłaski - 1739-1839
Type of dwarfism: Proportionate
Of Polish origin, he published the book Memoirs of the celebrated dwarf, Józef Boruwłaski, a Polish gentleman. He attended the greatest courts of Europe and married a countess.
Gary Coleman Gary Coleman - 1968-2010
Type of dwarfism: Chronic kidney disease – approx. 1.42 metres.
American actor, star of the TV show Diff’rent Strokes.
Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage - 1969
Type of dwarfism: Achondroplasia
American actor known for his role of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones for which he won the Emmy Award (2011) and the Golden Globes Award (2012) for the best supporting actor. He appeared in several films including The Station Agent.


Michael Dunn - 1934-1973
Type of dwarfism: Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia
Man of many talents, he began a career as a concert pianist at age 15. Due to problems with his elbows, he continued his career as an actor. He played in particular: The Wild, Wild West (1965), Madison (1968), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), You're a Big Boy Now (1966), Star Trek. He stood approximately 1.19 metres and had an IQ of 178.

Mimie Mathy Mimie Mathy - 1957
Type of dwarfism: Achondroplasia
French actress and comedian, featured in several films including: Une nounou pas comme les autres. She has also written a number of books including Aller simple pour le bonheur, published by Plon.
Michel Petrucciani Michel Petrucciani - 1962-1999
Type of dwarfism: Osteogenesis imperfecta
French jazz pianist of international renown who also pursued careers in the United States. He died in the summer of 1999 at the age of 36 following a lung infection.
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Pieral Pieral 1923-2003
Type of dwarfism: Achondroplasia
French actor who starred in several productions with the biggest, including Marcel Carné in Les visiteurs du soir and Jean Cocteau in L’éternel retour.
Alexander Pope Alexander Pope - 1688-1744
Type of dwarfism: Rickets – approx. 1.37 metres.
Great English satirical poet of the 18th century, he wrote, notably The Rape of the Lock (1712), The Dunciad (1728), The Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot (1735), Essay on Man (1734).
C.S.Stratton Charles Sherwood Stratton aka Tom Pouce (General Tom Thumb)- 1838-1883
Type of dwarfism: Proportionate
Measuring approximately 1.02 metres, he was a star of the American circus. Recruited by P.T. Barnum in 1844, he became a billionaire and met the greatest of his era including Queen Victoria. He married a little woman, Lavinia Warren in 1863. Her marriage was an event in New York. Much of the Barnum Museum was dedicated to him.
Toulouse Lautrec Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - 1864-1901
Type of dwarfism: Pycnodysostosis
Illustrious French painter and poster artist of the 19th century, precursor of modern art. He is best known for his posters of the Moulin Rouge, the famous Parisian cabaret. He measured approximately 1.50 metres.
Herve Villechaize Hervé Villechaize - 1943-1993
Type of dwarfism: Unknown
French-born actor who worked extensively in the United States. His most famous role was in the series Fantasy Island. He also played in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. He measured .95 metres.
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