Actress Debbie Lee Carrington, a little person who appeared in the original Total Recall as part of the Martian rebels and in Star Wars as an ewok, among other TV and film appearances, has died. She was 58 and died in her sleep from undetermined causes, according to her sister, Cathy Ellis.
Carrington was born on December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California. Standing just 3 feet, 10 inches tall upon maturity, Carrington was a cheerleader in high school and played Sancho Panza in a production of Man of La Mancha her junior year, igniting her passion for acting.
While attending the University of California-Davis, she saw an ad in the Little People of America magazine about the search for extras for Chevy Chase’s Under the Rainbow, a film which was loosely based on the little people who auditioned for roles as Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.
Carrington scored a role, and took some time off from college. Although she eventually went back to earn a degree in early childhood development from UC-Davis, her career path was set.
Among her credits was a role in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as an ewok, a role she reprised for two made-for-television films, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
Carrington worked constantly, appearing on such TV shows as Seinfeld and The Drew Carey Show, as well as some local theater. Her other film roles included appearances in Men in Black and She’s All That. She was also a well-received regular at Comic-Con and other live entertainment events.
Survivors include her parents, Fred and Marlene Carrington; her sister, Cathy; brother Robert Carrington; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces. Memorial plans are private, but services will be held in Northern and Southern California.