R.I.P.

Billy Barty

Died December 23, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Barty, a 3-foot-10 character actor whose career spanned seven decades, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 76.

Barty had been hospitalized in Glendale for heart problems and a lung infection, said his publicist, Bill York.

Barty appeared in his first Hollywood feature in 1927 at the age of 3 and has performed for radio, television and on Broadway. He played a number of outrageous characters, including a wizard in the movie ``Willow'' (1988), a tongue-in-cheek role as a German spy in ``Under the Rainbow'' (1981) with Chevy Chase, and a suspected stalker in ``Foul Play'' (1978).

In the late 20s and early 30s, he played Mickey Rooney's kid brother in the ``Mickey McGuire'' series of comedy shorts. He had several TV appearances, most recently in an episode of ``Frasier.''

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