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Overview (4)

Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Died in San Diego, California, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameGerard Emil Marenghi
Height 4' 3" (1.3 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He took dancing lessons when he was young and aspired to be an actor. In November 1938, standing just three foot four, he met up with the Oz-bound group of little people in New York and went by bus to California. There he was chosen to be the Munchkin who hands Dorothy a welcoming lollipop.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stephen Cox

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Barrington (10 May 1975 - 26 January 2011) ( her death)

Trivia (9)

He played Buster Brown on television and radio during the 1950s and 1960s and did McDonald's commercials under the heavy costume of Mayor McCheese or the Hamburglar for several years.
He was Little Oscar.
Works as a stand in for child actors.
Played "Boko" the comedy assistant to Ms. Geraldine Larsen's "Magic Lady" on "The Magic Lady TV Show" on The ABC TV network in the early 1950s.
The location of the Munchkins' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
Claims that the Munchkins got paid only $50 a week while the dog Toto received $200 a week during the filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939).
In addition to the Lollipop Guild member (a part he was given because he had a singing and dancing background) in The Wizard of Oz (1939), he played a number of munchkin filler parts throughout the movie.
With the death of Ruth Duccini on January 16, 2014, Maren became the only surviving actor to have played a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Was a professional wrestler.

Personal Quotes (2)

We represent the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild and in the name of the Lollipop Guild we welcome you to Munchkin Land.
For me, it was meeting all the little people from all over the world. Not only the United States but from all over. A few of them came from Texas. You'd never believe that. I always thought only big tall men came from Texas and there they had about 10 little guys from Texas--I couldn't believe it. I met other little people from Germany, France, Italy--they were from all over. There were over 120! -- JM, describing the "Munchkins" experience while filming The Wizard of Oz.

Salary (1)

The Wizard of Oz (1939) $50 per week

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