Born in September 1953 in Crook Durham, England, Dixon had roles in some of the most well-known fantasy and science fiction movies in the '70s and '80s. He was an Oompa Loompa in the legendary Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He also had roles in movies such as the cult classic Flash Gordon, Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and Ron Howard's Willow.
His two biggest movies were 1981's Time Bandits, directed by Terry Gilliam. He played Strutter among an all-star cast including Sean Connery, John Cleese, and Shelley Duvall. Two years later, he played an Ewok warrior in the conclusion to the original Star Wars Trilogy, Return of the Jedi.
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