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October 08, 1997 12:00 AM

BILLY BARTY, 76, a 3-foot-10 leading man and supporting player for more than seven decades, died of heart failure on Sunday. In the ’20s and ’30s he played the screen kid brother of Mickey Rooney and in the ’60s had his own local Los Angeles TV show (“Billy Barty’s Big Show”). In 1957, he founded Little People of America, an advocacy group for others with dwarfism. More recently he appeared on “Frasier” and campaigned actively for George W. Bush . . . Character actor JOSE GONZALEZ GONZALEZ, 78, a familiar figure on TV westerns of the ’50s and ’60s (“Bonanza,” “The Cisco Kid”), died from a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 15, his son-in-law has just informed the Associated Press. One of his final films was the 1991 sequel to “Naked Gun” . . . Silent movie actress PAULINE CURLEY, 97, who starred in more than 40 films in the early days of moving pictures, died Dec. 16 of complications from pneumonia, her son announced on Sunday. Curley’s last film was 1929’s “The Locked Door,” after which she retired — at age 26 — to marry cameraman Kenneth Peach, who died in 1988.

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