From Tolkien Gateway
|Lifetime||25 October 1924 - 23 December 2000|
|Portrayed||Body double for Bilbo Baggins, rotoscoped Samwise Gamgee in:|
|The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|
Billy Barty (25 October 1924 – 23 December 2000) was an American film and television actor who suffered from dwarfism. His career spanned the 1920s to the 1990s. He was also an activist on behalf of people with dwarfism and he founded the "Little People of America" to aid others like himself.
In The Lord of the Rings (1978 film), Billy was the body double for the part of Bilbo Baggins and played Samwise Gamgee in rotoscoped footage.