Debbie Lee Carrington, who is probably best known for her roles in Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi, Total Recall, and Bride of Chucky, has sadly passed away at the age of 58. Carrington performed as an actress and stuntwoman in many Hollywood and TV projects over the years, including Seinfeld, Titanic, Howard the Duck, The Drew Carey Show, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, and many, many more. There is currently no information on the cause of death at this time, but the news has been confirmed by long-time friend and co-star Mike Quinn.
Debbie Lee Carrington was born December 14th, 1959 and her father was an insurance salesman while her mother was a teacher. She began her acting career in 1981, appearing in the Chevy Chase-starring comedy, Under the Rainbow. Later, Carrington landed a role in Return of the Jedi, famously playing the Ewok who consoles another Ewok that was blown up by a landmine. She ended up starring in The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: Battle for Endor as Weechee, Wicket's older brother. Carrington was also an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in Hollywood and also had a degree in child psychology, which earned her much respect in the industry along with her giant body of work. Mike Quinn, who worked with Debbie Lee Carrington on Return of the Jedi, had this to say.
"So sad to hear of the passing of a fellow Return Of The Jedi performer Debbie Lee Carrington. She was an advocate for actors with disabilities and had a degree in child psychology. She had done so much, not only as an Ewok but was inside the costume for Howard The Duck, appeared in Total Recall, Grace & Frankie, Dexter, Captain Eo, the list goes on...Way too young. She was a real powerhouse! My condolences to all her family and friends at this time."
Over the years, Debbie Lee Carrington was asked a lot about her role in Return of the Jedi and was always happy to sign autographs at conventions or share stories from the set. She remembers traveling to a premiere in Denver with George Lucas to surprise composer John Williams while he was conducting an orchestra. She showed up in costume and poked Williams in the butt with a spear, which caused him to dance with her while laughing. She also worked on Howard the Duck, where she is listed as playing one of the other ducks, which doesn't narrow it down too much.
Additionally, Debbie Lee Carrington had roles in Harry and the Hendersons as Little Bigfoot, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie as Valerie Vomit, Batman Returns as an Emperor Penguin, Married With Children as an Alien when Al Bundy is taking pictures with them, The Drew Carey Show as Mini Mimi, In Living Color as Tiny Avenger, and Seinfeld as Tammy. One of her biggest roles was Thumbelina in Total Recall where she stabs a villain and then wields a machine gun on top of a bar. The scene is one of the most memorable from the 1990 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Another one of Debbie Lee Carrington's most famous roles was working on Child's Play sequel The Bride of Chucky as Jennifer Tilly's stuntwoman and again in Curse of Chucky as the main man himself, performing all of the stunts. Carrington was able to travel to conventions off of the strength of her performances in Return of the Jedi, Total Recall, and her work with the Child's Play franchise, along with her incredible resume over the last nearly 40 years. Debbie Lee Carrington hasn't been in the public eye much over the last few years, but a quick glance at her Facebook page reveals that she was an advocate for animal rights and into politics as well. You can read what some friends and fellow actors had to say below, starting with some words from Jennifer Tilly's Twitter condolences.
RIP #DebbieLeeCarrington, “the other Tiffany”. You were such a joy to work with. You had inimitable spirit, and a great attitude. Whenever you were on the set you kept everybody laughing and happy. 💔 pic.twitter.com/1UWXZ8aP4F— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) March 24, 2018
We've lost Debbie Lee Carrington. Longtime actress and stuntwoman who performed the full-suit version of Tiffany in the CHUCKY movies and dozens of other roles (onscreen in TOTAL RECALL and The Tiny Avenger on IN LIVING COLOR)— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) March 24, 2018
One of the original Ewoks. She was 58. https://t.co/lFifa7RJKa
I am so sorry Debbie Lee Carrington passed away. She was always a joy to be around. A great Ewok and a wonderful human.— Leon Tchaikovsky (@SexiestLyingWit) March 25, 2018
RIP, Debbie Lee Carrington, 58. She was an Ewok in Return of the Jedi! And Tammi from the Seinfeld "heightening" story. pic.twitter.com/JHBlGeyVqz— Simon Byrd (@Uosdwis) March 25, 2018
RIP Debbie Lee Carrington.— David Brunt (@CFarnesbarnes) March 25, 2018
Actress/stuntwoman of diminished height. Appearances in the Star Wars and Chucky films, Total Recall and a lot more besides.
I shall remember her best for this guest spot.
I suspect she was the one on the right... pic.twitter.com/RESQxPbWPz
Deb was an energy. She took no shit, and like a free radical, you couldn’t push her. She went her way. I loved that about her. She stood her ground and taught me of a world she lived in. One that I couldn’t imagine. She was a warrior. https://t.co/P6UKtyMguB— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) March 24, 2018
Very sad news about Debbie Lee Carrington. A wonderful and talented person. I had the pleasure of being part of a Star Wars panel talk in Oklahoma alongside her. She was so funny and engaging #RIPDebbiepic.twitter.com/78wOXIy1cg— Keith De'Winter (@KeithDeWinter) March 24, 2018
R.I.P. Debbie Lee Carrington!!! pic.twitter.com/Z6DbzqwwjQ— Tony (@ihatewater11) March 24, 2018