Little people are simply unusually short people, typically afflicted with dwarfism or proportionate dwarfism. While these can be disorders all on their own, dwarfism is typically a symptom of a larger medical condition, and there are hundreds of conditions that can result in someone having a dwarfed stature. While some of these conditions are genetically carried, some are not. Meaning, little people can have average height parents, and little people can give birth to average height children. Typically, anyone under the height of 4'10" can be considered a dwarf. Though the politically correct terms have changed often, it is the current preference to refer to their stature as 'little people' rather than 'dwarves' or 'midgets.'
However, to assume that their lack of height limits little people is foolish and wrong. Though they be but little, they are fierce! Little people do not make victims of themselves. From a young age, little people wisely coordinate support groups and share resources; they know that they're up against a world of bigger people, and they're not afraid to take it on. Some little people, including the many on this list, have even gone the extra mile to prove that little people aren't put at a wild disadvantage just because of their height. Some of the little people on this list are so tough, they could kill you without breaking a sweat. Others can simply dismantle you in a battle of wits and the rest could probably pay to have you killed, with the success they've reached in their careers. In any case, it's probably best not to cross them. So here they are: the top fifteen bad-ass little people!
14 Joseph Calleja - Kid Rock's Hype Man
13 Jason Acuna - Weeman
12 Mascarita Sagrada - Mexican Luchador
11 Aditya Dev - Bodybuilder
10 Danny Woodburn - Actor
9 Deep Roy - Actor
8 Katie Glass - Wrestler
7 Dylan Postl - Hornswoggle
6 Jason Owen - Mini "Arnie"
5 Leon Stap - Wrestler
4 Andrew Stanaszek - Powerlifter
3 Sky Low Low- Marcel Gauthier
2 Peter Dinklage - Actor
Peter Dinklage is much more than an actor. He's a scholar, producer, voice actor, philanthropist, husband, and father. You're likely to recognize Dinklage from his most popular film and television work, including HBO's Game of Thrones (where he plays Tyrion Lannister), X-Men: Days of Future Past (in which he plays the villainous Dr. Bolivar Trask), and Death at a Funeral. But that's not all he's done! Did you know he plays the voice of "Ghost" in the popular video game, Destiny? Or that he was Tina Fey/Liz Lemon's romantic interest in 30 Rock? Or that he was the first ever little person to play the role of Mikhail Rakitin in Ivan Turgenev's centuries old Chekhovian play, A Month in the Country (in which he starred alongside Orange is The New Black's Taylor Schilling)? Dinklage is one of the most respected and scholarly actors of our modern times.
1 Mike Kuhns - Powerlifter
At only 18-years old, Mike Kuhns was giving all other little bodybuilders and average height bodybuilders inspiration. He was only 123 pounds and he was breaking records worldwide. At that age, his best lifts were 505 lbs. on the squat, 330 lbs. on the bench (a United States Powerlifting competition record breaker), and 370 lbs. on the deadlift. He started lifting weights and powerlifting when he was only twelve years old, under the training of his father, and he's come a long way. So, it's been twelve years since Mike Kuhns broke all these records; what's he been up to lately? He went to university and got his degree, where he put powerlifting on the sidelines while he focused on his studies. Since then, he's been getting himself back in competition shape. He's been competing on and off in smaller contests, such as the American Open in King of Prussia and the Senior Nationals, where he continues to defend his title.
Sources: usapowerlifting, huffingtonpost, imdb
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