Billy quickly became America’s most popular little person. He was able to star in movies like Willow, Foul Play, Rumpelstiltskin and Day of the Locust. Even later as an adult he had the Billy Barty show and starred along side of Mickey Rooney as well as many other minor film and TV roles.
Billy knew that parts for little people in Hollywood were limited in both number and variety.Even though Barty died in 2000 at age 76 from heart failure he was named the 6th most popular “little person” in 2011. appeared on numerous variety programs,
He was also very active in spreading the word about dwarfism and opened the discussion to make the public aware. He even founded the little people of America as far back as 1957.
After he passed from heart and lung failure in 2000 (he was survived by his wife Shirley and their 2 children) a tribute book was written on his life “Within Reach: An Inspirational Journey into the life Legacy and Influence of Billy Barty” by his nephew and nephews wife.