Debbie Lee Carrington

Deborah "Debbie" Lee Carrington (December 14, 1959  March 23, 2018)[1][2] was an American actress and stuntwoman. Her best known movie roles include playing a Martian rebel in Total Recall, an Ewok in Return of the Jedi (and in subsequent TV movies) and an elf in The Polar Express.[3]

Debbie Lee Carrington
Carrington in 2010
Deborah Lee Carrington

(1959-12-14)December 14, 1959
DiedMarch 23, 2018(2018-03-23) (aged 58)
OccupationActress, stuntwoman
Years active1981–2018

She was born in San Jose, California; her father was an insurance manager and her mother was a schoolteacher.[4] While attending the University of California-Davis, she replied to an ad for extras in a newsletter published by Little People of America for Under the Rainbow, a film about the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Having landed a role in the film, she took a break from her studies, but later returned and gained a degree in early childhood development.[5]

Early life and career

She appeared in many other films and TV shows, including In Living Color, The Drew Carey Show, Howard the Duck, Tracey Takes On..., Men in Black, Seinfeld, Baywatch, Married... with Children, Boston Legal, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Dexter, and Bones. In 2008, she filmed scenes for the action thriller Bitch Slap.[6] She also performed as a stunt double – often for child actors and dolls that had come to life – in films like Titanic (1997 film) and the Child's Play slasher film series.[7]

Carrington was born with dwarfism and said she had experienced prejudicial attitudes as a dwarf in Hollywood. She supported other dwarf actors, insisting that they received credit for their work, since many costume-specific parts often went uncredited.

By the 1990s, Carrington began to push back against being typecast in costume-only roles. On television, she played character roles like Tiny Avenger on In Living Color, Tammy in Seinfeld, and Doreen in The Drew Carey Show.[8]


Carrington died on March 23, 2018, at age 58 on her parents' ranch in Pleasanton, California following a period of health complications.[2][3]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Under the Rainbow Hotel Rainbow Guest as Debbie Carrington
1983 Return of the Jedi Romba Ewok as Debbie Carrington
1984 The Ewok Adventure Weechee TV movie, as Debbie Carrington
1984 Earthlings Zet TV movie
1985 What's Happening Now!! Munchkin Episode: "The Improbable Dream"
1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Weechee TV movie
1985 Amazing Stories Alien Episode: "Fine Tuning"
1986 Invaders from Mars Drone
1986 Howard the Duck Duck
1987 Harry and the Hendersons Little Bigfoot
1987 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Valerie Vomit
1989 Monsters Troll Episode: "Fools' Gold"
1990 Nerds of a Feather Little Army of Little Russian Soldiers
1990 Spaced Invaders Dr. Ziplock
1990 Total Recall Thumbelina
1990 Club Fed Betty
1990 Married... with Children Alien Episode: "Married... with Aliens"
1990 WIOU Carla Sapper Episode: "Do the Wrong Thing"
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Crying girl Uncredited
1991 The New Adam-12 Cindy Episode: "Trick or Trick"
1991–1992 In Living Color Tiny Avenger 3 episodes
1992 Seedpeople Tumbler
1992 Batman Returns Emperor Penguin
1992 Mom and Dad Save the World Bwaaa (Fishface)
1992 Cattive ragazze Amy
1994 Seinfeld Tammy Episode: "The Stand-In"
1994 The High Crusade Branithar
1994 Baywatch Debbie Episodes: "Silent Night, Baywatch Night: Part 1 & 2"
1995 Born to Be Wild Gorilla Team
1997 Men in Black Alien Father
1997 Titanic Stunts
1998 Tracey Takes On... Raquel Gibson Episode: "Loss"
1998 Mighty Joe Young Other Gorilla
1998 Bride of Chucky Tiffany Stunt double: Jennifer Tilly
1999 She's All That Felicity
1999–2000 The Drew Carey Show Doreen 4 episodes
2000 The Independent Surfer Girl
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Creature Episode: "Listening to Fear"
2000 The Christmas Secret Gorah TV movie
2001 The Lone Gunmen Sadie Episode: "Madam, I'm Adam"
2002 ER Ginger Jones Episodes: "A Simple Twist of Fate"
2002 The District Alice Episode: "Small Packages"
2003 Tiptoes Kitty Katz
2003 Scary Movie 3 Mini Tabitha Uncredited
2004 The Polar Express Elf
2004 Seed of Chucky Herself (DVD deleted scenes), Uncredited
2004 Boston Legal Patty Episode: "Loose Lips"
2004 Huff Marla Episode: "Flashpants"
2006 Dexter Patty Episode: "Truth Be Told"
2006 Nip/Tuck Merrily Episode: "Reefer"
2008 Men in Trees Karen Episode: "Read Between the Minds"
2008 Bedtime Stories Booing Goblin as Debbie Carrington
2009 Bones Gidget Jones Episode: "The Dwarf in the Dirt"
2011 Jessie Jingles Episode: "Christmas Story"
2011 Pair of Kings Squonk Queen Episode: "Dinner for Squonks"
2012 The New Normal Little Person Mom Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Curse of Chucky Chucky double Direct-to-video film
2017 Special Unit Sophie (final film role)


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