02/16/2012 04:38 pm ET Updated Feb 16, 2012

Warwick Davis, 'Life's Too Short' Star, Launches Nonprofit To Help Little People

Actor Warwick Davis has stepped out of the sci-fi spotlight and into the documentary realm and is getting comfortable in another new role, helping other people living with dwarfism.

Davis, a 3-foot 6-inch star who made his big break in the "Return of the Jedi," recently moved away from the fantasy genre to play a fictionalized version of himself in a new HBO show, "Life's Too Short." Though the Ricky Gervais series is a faux documentary, the struggles Davis’ character faces are very real -- and are the inspiration behind his starting an organization to help little people, PeterboroughToday reports.

"This is something I'm really passionate about, especially when you think 'how can these people be in such a lonely and confused state in this day and age?'" Davis told the news outlet.

The actor, who also played Professor Flitwick in the "Harry Potter" movies, launched his nonprofit -- Little People UK -- on Saturday, and hopes to offer those living with dwarfism both a social and medical outlet.

"We want to bring together medical expertise because there are people with dwarfism born all over the country and doctors don't always understand the condition," Davis told Northantset. "We hear stories all the time of parents who haven't had a diagnosis for at least three years."

Warwick's wife, Sam, told the news outlet that they dreamed of starting such a project for 20 years and that "our door is always open to families."