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  • Trivia

    • David suffered from achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism that stunts the arms and legs, while allowing the trunk to grow.

    • David attained a degree in psychology and worked briefly as a schoolteacher.

    • David Rappaport was the first dwarf actor to ever have a television show "of his own". It was entitled The Wizard and aired on CBS during the 1986-87 season.

    • As a child, David learned to play both the drums and accordion. While working to pay for his education at the University of Bristol, he played the drums semiprofessionally.

    • Afflicted with dwarfism, David was 3'11".

  • Quotes

    • David: But being small hasn't stopped me from doing anything I've ever wanted to do. The only problem I have is with elevator buttons.

    • David: I was the dwarf who turned down Star Wars.

    • (commenting on a previous job as a cemetery gardener)
      David: It's a very healthy job, and the clients never complain.

    • (in reference to a prior job of making children's shoes on a production line)
      David: I always wanted to work with children, but this isn't quite what I had in mind.

    • (from the first newsletter of David Rappaport's fan club in October 1987)
      David: Well, in this very first newsletter of the David Rappaport Fan Club, I would like to thank you all for the amazing love and support you gave me while I was doing The Wizard.

    • David Rappaport: It was the worst possible time to become an actor. I had a wife and a kid. But it seemed now or never, so I went with it.