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Encyclopedia > Phil Fondacaro

Phil Fondacaro (b. November 8, 1958) is an American actor with dwarfism. One of the foremost, but not necessarily most well-known, dwarf actors, Fondacaro began acting in 1981, with the film Under the Rainbow. Standing 3 feet, 6 inches, he has acted in numerous films, ranging from horror films to light-hearted comedies. Due to his height, he has had an eclectic range of roles. Despite the sometimes less-than-desirable circumstances under which Fondcaro has acted, his enthusiasm for the trade remains high, as reflected in the quote, "it's not the size of the man in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the man." November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dwarfism is typically a pathological condition in which the physical size of a person, animal, or plant is well below normal. ... Under the Rainbow is a 1981 comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Eve Arden, Billy Barty, and Mako. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Fondacaro appeared in 1983's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the third Star Wars film, as an Ewok, the only one to have a death scene. In 1987, he portrayed "Sir Nigel Pennyweight" in the cult horror film Ghoulies II. His performance is frequently praised, and he has been called the best actor in the film.[1] In the same year, he appeared as "Greaser Greg" in The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, a theatrical adaptation of the popular trading cards, and in "Encounter at Farpoint", the pilot episode of the second Star Trek television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1988's Willow, he appeared alongside Warwick Davis, one of his Jedi co-stars, who, thanks in large part to his Willow role, became one of the most famous dwarf actors in the film industry. Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is a science fantasy saga and fictional galaxy created by writer / producer / director George Lucas during the 1970s. ... In the Star Wars series of films, Ewoks are sapient furry bipeds native to the forest moon of Endor who help Rebel Alliance defeat the forces of the Galactic Empire in the Battle of Endor. ... poster to the first film The Ghoulies films were a Gremlins-like horror-comedy film series in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Garbage Pail Kids is a series of humorous trading cards produced by the Topps Company. ... Garbage Pail Kids is a series of humorous trading cards produced by the Topps Company. ... Encounter at Farpoint was the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... Warwick Davis in 2006 Warwick Davis (born February 3, 1970, Epsom, Surrey, England) is an actor noted for being short — he is three feet six inches (about one meter) tall. ...


Other prominent roles of Fondacaro's include "Hooded dwarf" in Phantasm II, Cousin Itt in Addams Family Reunion, and a dramatic turn as a dwarf with a regular-sized son in "A Clown's Prayer", an episode of Touched by an Angel. He also starred in Double Double Toil and Trouble,a film which also featured Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The story of Phantasm II begins in the same moment in which the original ended, although production of the movies is separated by eleven years. ... Cousin Itt is a member of the fictional Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams. ... The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... Touched by an Angel was an American television series created by John Masius and Martha Williamson that ran on CBS (Disney Channel and Hallmark Channel in the UK) from September 21, 1994, until April 27, 2003. ... Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) are twin American actresses who have appeared in television and films since the age of 3 months. ...


Fondacaro is married to Elena Bertagnolli, manager of another famous dwarf actor, Verne Troyer. He is represented by the company Bertagnolli works for, Fonolli Management. Fondacaro's brother Sal is also an actor, having appeared in Under the Rainbow, Return of the Jedi, and Invaders from Mars, all with his brother Phil. Verne J. Troyer (born January 1, 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan) is an American actor and stunt man who has appeared in several movies, mostly in non-speaking roles. ... Invaders from Mars is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...


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