One of the Munchkins, Mickey Carroll dies at 89May 8th, 2009 - 4:40 pm ICT by GD
Mickey Carroll, one of the Munchkins of “The Wizard of Oz” died at the age of 89, on Thursday. According to reports he was one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie. The announcement was made by Linda Dodge, who was his caretaker for quiet some time.
Carroll attained fame with his performance as one of the 100 people, adults and children, who were taken in to play the roles of Munchkins. Along with playing the role of the “Town Crier,” Carroll also appeared as a “Munchkin Solider” and a candy-striped “Fiddler”. At the time when “The Wizard of Oz” was released, Carroll was only 20 years of age. Since the release of this classic he appeared in a number of radio and vaudeville shows. He has also performed a number of voice-overs in his career as an entertainer.
One will be surprised to know that at the time of filming, the Munchkins received only $125 a week; however the role brought along with it a lifetime of immortality. The movie has had such a terrific impact on the audience that they still revere the individuals who played the characters. In 2007, Carroll along with six other surviving Munchkins received a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Few will know that Mickey Carroll began taking dancing classes when he was seven years of age at the St. Louis Fox Theatre. It was here that he met his pal for years, Jack Haley. Their partnership went on when they appeared in some of the “Spanky and Our Gang” episodes.
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