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David J. Steinberg

David Joseph Steinberg (February 12, 1965 – March 16, 2010) was an American actor best known for his role of Meegosh in the 1988 Ron Howard film Willow.

Steinberg was born in Los Angeles and stood 3'1" tall.[1] His adoptive parents also had dwarfism.[1] Steinberg was raised in Queens, New York, where he excelled in comedy in school as a way to overcome shyness over his short stature.[1]

He first began acting on stage while studying at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.[1] He switched to professional theater after college.[1] His theater credits included performances notable theater companies including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Center Stage in Baltimore and the New York Shakespeare Festival.[1] He also starred in a Grammy-nominated national touring production of The Wizard of Oz (as a Munchkin) and Baz Luhrmann's production of La bohème in Los Angeles and New York City.[1]

While Steinberg was best known as Meegosh in Willow, his other film credits included roles in The Hebrew Hammer and Love & Sex.[1] His television appearances included a guest spot on the 2007 Ugly Betty episode, Giving Up the Ghost, as well as roles on Zoey 101, Charmed, The Equalizer, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.[1]

Steinberg moved to Los Angeles in 2004.[1] He died on March 16, 2010, in Valencia, California, at the age of 45.[1] The Los Angeles County Coroner determined Steinberg's death to be suicide by hanging.[2] His interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Plantation, Florida.

Partial filmographyEdit

  • Willow (1988) - Meegosh
  • Love & Sex (2000) - Tiny Man
  • The Hebrew Hammer (2003) - Elf Flunky
  • Fur (2006) - Singing Little Person
  • Epic Movie (2007) - Oompa Loompa
  • Agent One-Half (2008) - Widget
  • Transylmania (2009) - Dean Floca (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Stinson, Liz (2010-03-25). "'Willow' star David Steinberg dies". Variety. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  2. ^ Death certificate

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