Kevin Brown, 64, is a father of 5 and a grandfather of 9
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — He was once called “the world’s smallest cowboy,” but now, at 64, Kevin Brown has a big story to tell. At 3ft 10in tall, Brown said her height never stood in the way of her dream of going into show business.
“I had a tough life, but I enjoyed it all,” Brown said, often talking about his past not in years, but in feet.
“When I got into high school, I was about 3 feet tall,” Brown said.
At an early age, Brown, who grew up in the Lake Tahoe area, learned that his pituitary gland, the one that regulates growth, wasn’t working properly. He said he was just a little person; he has no form of dwarfism.
“I’ve always been a positive person,” he says. “No negativity in me.”
It didn’t matter. He heard the call from the scene.
“I was 3-foot-8 when I joined the circus,” Brown said.
Tours from the United States to Canada brought him back to Las Vegas. By the late ’70s, he had that “world’s smallest” title, performing at Sam’s Town and other properties. Photos in local newspapers from this time show him saddled on a horse.
“I’m no different from anyone else,” Brown said. “I don’t owe anyone anything. I do not lie. I don’t fly.
None of his weight at 50 pounds, Brown added a bit of humor when 8 News Now’s David Charns met him.
“I’m considered the cheapest date,” he said. “I get noticed a lot. I don’t mind. When you pass kids around, they’re like, ‘Oh, look at that.’ Some are rude. Some are really cool.
The coolest ones, he says, even stop and take a picture. Some think Brown is a child in disguise — sometimes tugging at his beard to check if it’s real, he said.
“I don’t mind,” he said. “I take pictures with children, old people, anything.”
The deep ink on his arms tells a different story, one where he retired from neon to become a different leading man. With five children, Brown is a grandfather of nine.
“I said, ‘Okay. I can’t be a star and raise a family,” he said. “Sometimes on Halloween when I took my kids out to treat or spoil, I would walk in the door and a kid would open the door and scream. It was really cool.”
Now working different jobs and living with his children across the West, Brown said he has no regrets.
“I have been blessed throughout my life,” he said. “I have no enemies.”
You can’t help but smile when he tells you stories from his past, like the time a cop couldn’t see him driving.
“I’m coming into town, and this cop is zooming in. and he said, ‘We thought it was a getaway truck! Because he didn’t even see me in it,” Brown said.
Even small in stature, Kevin Brown has definitely been seen.
Brown hopes to pick up her story and write a book.