Stunt Memorial: Carrington, Debbie (RIP)


Debbie Lee Carrington

Born: 1959

Passed: 2018


Debbie Lee Carrington was born on December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California, USA as Deborah Lee Carrington. She is known for her work on Men in Black (1997), Total Recall (1990) and She's All That (1999). She died on March 23, 2018 in Pleasanton, California. She earned a degree in child psychology from the University of California-Davis in 1982.


Deborah Carrington, who broke into Hollywood by answering an ad for dwarf actors, and later performed stunt work and costume-specific roles in Hollywood blockbusters and campy horror movies, died on March 23 at her parents’ home in Pleasanton, Calif. She was 58. Her sister, Kathy Ellis, said that the cause had not been determined but that Ms. Carrington had dealt with health problems over the past year. Audiences might best remember Ms. Carrington, whose stage name was Debbie Lee Carrington, for her violent performance as Thumbelina, the 3-foot, 10-inch pink-clad prostitute in the 1990 sci-fi action film “Total Recall.” The movie told the story of a construction worker in the future who visits a colonized Mars. During a mob scene, Thumbelina stabs one of the movie’s villains with a bowie knife before jumping on a table and mowing down the police with a machine gun. Beyond her infamous shoot’em-up scene, Ms. Carrington played various costume-specific roles — suited performances that completely obscure the actor — in film and television. Such roles included Idee, one half of the Geex in the Disney short Captain EO, starring Michael Jackson; and the Alien Father in the original “Men in Black.” She also performed as a stunt double — often for child actors and dolls that had come to life — in films like “Titanic” and the “Child’s Play” slasher film series.

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