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Deep Roy
Born Mohinder Purba
1957 (age 52–53)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Actor, Stuntman, Puppeteer
Years active 1976–present

Gurdeep Roy (born 1957), sometimes credited as Roy Deep, Gordeep Roy, or just Deep Roy, is a Kenyan-born actor, stuntman and puppeteer.

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Biography

Born Mohinder Purba in Nairobi, Kenya to Indian parents, Roy is a 4 ft 4 in (132 centimetre) tall dwarf. Because of his short stature, he has played a variety of unusual characters in his acting career. Roy made his professional screen acting debut in a 1976 episode of The New Avengers entitled "Target!" as character named Klokoe. He would later make his film debut that same year, in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as the Italian Assassin[1]. He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and again in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes (Two roles: One as a young gorilla boy and as Thade's niece). His most notable role is playing the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Deep had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and even some minor instrument playing. He is noted for his frequent collaborations with Tim Burton, appearing in Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.

He also had a cameo role in The Haunted Mansion. In Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, he supplied General Bonesapart's voice. Another notable role was as Mr. Sin, the "pig-brained Peking Homonculus", a villain with a distinct appetite for homicide, in the acclaimed Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang. In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form 'Decima' in the 1st season Blake's 7 episode "The Web" as well as the diminutive chess genius, 'The Klute', in the 2nd season Blake's 7 episode "Gambit".

Deep Roy has done many other cameos in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodman), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as an Egyptian guard, The NeverEnding Story as Teeny Weeny, the rider of the "racing snail", Alien From L.A., Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool. As well as Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal as a puppeteer extra and in the 2009 franchise reboot of Star Trek as "Keenser", Montgomery Scott's assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega.

Roy is sometimes confused with Kiran Shah; they are both dwarf Kenyan actors of Indian descent who got their starts in film and television in the late 70s.

A true 'Blue Blooded' descendant of India's Maharajah Vinepal, 26 generations removed.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again Italian Assassin
1979 Licensed to Love and Kill Midget
Die Brut des Bösen Van Bullock
1980 Flash Gordon Fellini
1982 The Sender
The Dark Crystal Additional Performer
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Droopy McCool Uncredited Role
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Primate Sequences
The NeverEnding Story Teeny Weeny
1985 Return to Oz Tin Man
Starship Grid' not 'Kid
1986 Weekend Warriors Little Girl Uncredited Role
1987 Going Bananas Bonzo
1988 Alien from L.A. Mambino
1989 Rising Storm Joker Arroyo
Lethal Woman Grizabella
1990 Disturbed Marty
1991 Howling VI: The Freaks Toones Direct-to-Video Release
1992 The Resurrected Main Monster
1993 Freaked George Ramirez #3
1994 Dickwad Little Telephone Bully
1995 Under the Hula Moon Bus Driver
1998 Mafia! Small Hitman Uncredited Role
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Post Office Clerk
2001 Planet of the Apes Gorilla Kid/Thade's Niece
2003 The Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost
Big Fish Mr. Soggybottom
2004 Surviving Eden Indian Mo
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Oompa-Loompa All of them.
Corpse Bride General Bonesapart Voice Role
2009 Star Trek Keenser
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Egyptian Guard
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1976 The New Avengers Klokoe Episode: Target!
1978 Benji's Very Own Christmas Story Key Elf Uncredited Role
TV-Movie
1977–1986 Doctor Who Mr. Sin
Possican Delegate
7 episodes
1978–1980 Blake's 7 Decima
The Klute
Moloch
Link
4 episodes
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Uncredited Role
2001 The X-Files Beggar Man Episode: Badlaa

References

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0746989/ Deep Roy IMDB Filmography

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Deep Roy
Born Mohinder Purba
1957 (age 53–54)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Actor, Stuntman, Puppeteer
Years active 1976–present

Gurdeep Roy (born 1957), sometimes credited as Roy Deep, Gordeep Roy, or just Deep Roy, is a Kenyan-born Indian actor, stuntman and puppeteer.

Contents

Early life

Born Mohinder Purba in Nairobi, Kenya to Indian parents, Roy is a 4 ft 4 in (132 centimetre) tall dwarf.

Career

Because of his short stature, he has played a variety of unusual characters in his acting career. Roy made his professional screen acting debut in a 1976 episode of The New Avengers entitled "Target!" as character named Klokoe. He would later make his film debut that same year, in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as the Italian Assassin[1]. He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and again in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes (Two roles: one as a young gorilla boy and as Thade's niece). His most notable role is playing the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Deep had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and even some minor instrument playing. He is noted for his frequent collaborations with Tim Burton, appearing in Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.

He also had a cameo role in The Haunted Mansion. In Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, he supplied General Bonesapart's voice. Another notable role was as Mr. Sin, the "pig-brained Peking Homonculus", a villain with a distinct appetite for homicide, in the acclaimed Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang. In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form 'Decima' in the 1st season Blake's 7 episode "The Web" as well as the diminutive chess genius, 'The Klute', in the 2nd season Blake's 7 episode "Gambit".

Deep Roy has done many other cameos in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodsman), Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal as a puppeteer extra, The NeverEnding Story as Teeny Weeny, the rider of the "racing snail", Alien From L.A., and Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool. Most recently, he appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as an Egyptian guard and in the 2009 film Star Trek as "Keenser", Montgomery Scott's assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again Italian Assassin
1979 Licensed to Love and Kill Dwarf
Die Brut des Bösen Van Bullock
1980 Flash Gordon Fellini
1982 The Sender
The Dark Crystal Additional Performer
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Droopy McCool Uncredited Role
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Primate Sequences
The NeverEnding Story Teeny Weeny
1985 Return to Oz Tin Man
Starship Grid' not 'Kid
1986 Weekend Warriors Little Girl Uncredited Role
1987 Going Bananas Bonzo
1988 Alien from L.A. Mambino
1989 Rising Storm Joker Arroyo
Lethal Woman Grizabella
1990 Disturbed Marty
1991 Howling VI: The Freaks Toones Direct-to-Video Release
1992 The Resurrected Main Monster
1993 Freaked George Ramirez #3
1994 Dickwad Little Telephone Bully
1995 Under the Hula Moon Bus Driver
1998 Mafia! Small Hitman Uncredited Role
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Post Office Clerk
2001 Planet of the Apes Gorilla Kid/Thade's Niece
2003 The Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost
Big Fish Mr. Soggybottom
2004 Surviving Eden Indian Mo
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Oompa-Loompa All of them.
Corpse Bride General Bonesapart Voice Role
2009 Star Trek Keenser
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Egyptian Guard
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1976 The New Avengers Klokoe Episode: Target!
1978 Benji's Very Own Christmas Story Key Elf Uncredited Role
TV-Movie
1977–1986 Doctor Who Mr. Sin
Possican Delegate
7 episodes
1978–1980 Blake's 7 Decima
The Klute
Moloch
Link
4 episodes
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Uncredited Role
2001 The X-Files Beggar Man Episode: Badlaa
2010 Eastbound & Down Aaron

References

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