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Jerry Maren Dead: "Wizard of Oz" Munchkin actor was 98



He also appeared in the films "Superman" and "Marx Brothers" and on television in "The Gong Show" and "Seinfeld".

Jerry Maren, the last surviving adult munchkin from The Wizard of Oz died. He was 98.

The actor, who was active in show business long after Dorothy returned to her home in Kansas, died last month, a niece and nephew reported in separate Facebook posts.

Maren had recounted to a care facility in San Diego, Steve Cox, co-author of the book Short and Sweet: The Life and Times of Lollipops Munchkin The Hollywood Reporter [1

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Maren sang, "We represent the Lollipop Guild / And we welcome you in Munchkinland," and Dorothy (Judy Garland) presented an oversized lollipop. He was paid $ 50 a week; The dog, who played Toto, has since received $ 125.

Also this year, the native Boston played the rogue Light-Fingered Lester in a Our Gang short film and appeared as a small Professor Atom in The Marx Brothers At the Circus . In 1951, he was a mole-boy in the dark George Reeves film Superman and the Mole-Men

In 1973, Maren starred as a Child Monkey in the sequel Battle for the Planet of the Monkeys and starred in the Comedy Little Cigars opposite another former Munchkin, Billy Curtis.

He had a regular performance that threw confetti at the end of every Gong Show ]; had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Sid and Marty Kroffts Lidsville ; and guested in series such as The Weird Couple The Beverly Hillbillies Get Smart The Wild Wild West and Seinfeld (in the episode "The Yada Yada" by 1997)

And in the 2010 film Dahmer vs Gacy he played a pantomime.

In commercials, Maren took a paycheck as Mayor McCheese and the Hamburglar for McDonalds. He also appeared as "Little Oscar" in Oscar Mayer's ads and as Buster Brown for the shoe company. Offscreen, he was often seen with a cigar.

His wife, actress Elizabeth Barrington, died in 2011.

When a Los Angeles City Council announced on February 12, 2013, as "Jerry Maren Day," the actor was asked to reveal his secret to longevity. "Just live the good life," he told the Los Angeles Times . "And I do not smoke and do not drink. The cigar is only for show."

TMZ first reports the news of his death.


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