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I Love Me Some…..

Posted by itiwtt on August 31, 2007

As the end of Midget Appreciation Week draws near, we must honor one of our favorite midgets of all time.  He’s the biggest little man in Hollywood! Many actors can only dream of having over 50 film and television credits including playing Shonte Jackson in Me, Myself and Irene, Mr. Parker in Friday, Marcus the Elf in Bad Santa, the preacher in Beetlejuice and Big Willie Johnson in Who’s Your Caddy.  That’s why I Love Me Some…….

Joseph Anthony “Tony” Cox

 Tony Cox-Chillin’

3 feet 6 inches

  • Attended Alabama State University to study music, but chose to leave because he couldn’t read music. He could whip everybody on the drums, but he played by ear.  You know like in Drumline.

  • Watching Billy Bardy, the pioneering White “little person” actor of Wild Wild West TV fame, inspired Cox to want to act.

  • A white acting coach once told Tony Cox that his future as an actor looked bleak.  “He said I had a strike against me because I was black,” recalls Cox. “He said the only thing you’ll ever do is that you will always be in a costume.”

  • Cox’s first break in the industry was in a Burger King commercial.

  • Employs his own personal stunt-double to perform his tricky moves

  • Cox won the role of the villain Marcus in Bad Santa after 10 auditions. The character originally was written with a caucasian “little person” in mind.

  • Cox has been happily married to 5-foot-6 Otelia, his high school sweetheart, for 18 years. They are the parents of a 23-year-old daughter.


We present to thee, Joseph “Tony” Cox aka The black midget in all the movies:

        date.jpg   Tony Cox CoolTony Cox-Bad Santa                                        Tony Cox-Me, Myself, and Irene

Photos courtesy of IMDb


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