Jerry Maren, the last surviving actor to play a Munchkin in the original Wizard of Oz film, has died in California at the age of The role saw him become known as the "lollipop kid" after handing a lollipop to Dorothy - played by Judy Garland. Actress Pam Dubois paid tribute to her "close friend" in a post on Facebook. RIP sweet Jerry," she wrote.
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He was At age 19, Maren at 3-foot-4 appeared as one of the three Lollipop Guild Munchkins the green one in the middle in the classic movie. He had been spotted by an MGM scout while performing in a show at the Bond Hotel in Connecticut and was the youngest of the adult actors to suit up as a Munchkin. A few children were used as a well. In , Maren played as a child ape in the sequel Battle for the Planet of the Apes and starred in the comedy film Little Cigars opposite another former Munchkin, Billy Curtis.
Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Adult Munchkin From ‘Wizard of Oz,’ Dies at 98
Based on L. However, one of the most nefarious urban legends surrounding the movie was birthed in the form of a claim that a lovelorn actor portraying a munchkin hanged himself on set during filming. Is this true?
In an entertainment career that spanned more than 70 years, he portrayed The Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese in McDonald's commercials, appeared in scores of films and TV shows and made personal appearances as Little Oscar for Oscar Mayer hot dogs. But it was his role as one of the Lollipop Kids in "The Wizard of Oz" that always held a special place in his heart. He would show up regularly at film conventions, munchkin gatherings and other events honoring the cast over the years. Maren, who stood just 4-feet-3, was one of more than little people recruited to play munchkins in the movie.