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Jerry Maren

American actor best known for his role as a Munchkin in the 1939 movie The Wizard Of Oz

Jerry Maren (born Gerard Marenghi; January 24, 1920 – May 24, 2018) was an American actor and writer. He was the only confirmed surviving dwarf Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz (in 2014).[1]

Jerry Maren
Jerry Maren 2010.jpg
Maren in January 2010
Born
Gerald Marenghi

(1920-01-24)January 24, 1920
DiedMay 24, 2018(2018-05-24) (aged 98)
Cause of deathHeart failure complicated by dementia
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1939-2010
Known forLast living cast member and Munchkin of (The Wizard of Oz)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Barrington
(1975-2011; her death)

The other surviving munchkin cast member was Ruth Robinson Duccini until she died in 2014.[1] Maren is the last surviving male dwarf Munchkin from the movie and later the only living Munchkin actor since the death of Duccini.[2] Maren retired from public appearances in September 2011.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Maren was born Gerard Marenghi in Boston, Massachusetts on January 24, 1920.

CareerEdit

In the 1950s, Maren worked as a Little Oscar for the Oscar Mayer Company and as Buster Brown in television and radio commercials. Later he joined his friend Billy Barty in organizing Little People of America. Maren has also portrayed Mayor McCheese and The Hamburglar in commercials for McDonald's.

In the late 1970s, he was the dapper little man on The Gong Show, heralding each show's big finish with an onslaught of confetti as Milton Delugg's band played "Hoop Dee Doo".

Maren also made a notable appearance in The Odd Couple episode 'Felix the Horseplayer' as Harry Tallman, a racehorse exerciser who was giving Oscar tips on winning horses.

Personal lifeEdit

Maren was married to Elizabeth Barrington from 1975 until her death at age 69 on January 27, 2011.

He lived in Southern California.[4]

DeathEdit

On May 24, 2018, Maren died in San Diego of heart failure complicated by dementia at the age of 98.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Last female 'Oz' Munchkin dies at 95". CNN.com. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  2. "The last of the living Wizard of Oz Munchkins tells us about how little he was paid for the role..." Yahoo! voices.com. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. "Munchkin Lollipop Guild Member visits Turning Stone during Oz-Stravaganza | NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 - Utica News, Weather, Sports - | Local News". Wktv.com. June 4, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  4. Potempa, Philip (2011-01-31). "'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin's wife, Elizabeth Maren, dead at 69". nwi.com. Retrieved 2011-02-02.
  5. Jerry Maren Dead: Wizard of Oz's actor and "Oldest Munchkin" was 98
  6. 'WIZARD OF OZ' Lollipop Guild Closes ... OLDEST MUNCHKIN DEAD AT 98

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