St. Louis actor Mickey Carroll dies at 89
Mickey Carroll, was an American actor, from St. Louis, and the most famous munchkin, in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). He grew up in St. Louis and made it to Hollywood to play the role as one of the Oz, that defined his life... It was Judy Garland herself who encourage him to play the part of the Munchkinland "Town Crier" marched as a "Munchkin Soldier" and was the candy-stripped "Fiddler" who escorted the movies wide orphan, Dorothy Gale, played by Garland, down the yellow brick road toward Emerald City... after the success of the film he left the show business... He spend much of his time on a charitable work, and would talk to any one, at a time, about his part in "The Wizard of Oz."
In November 2007, Carroll, along with six of the other remaining Munchkins, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thanks to the popularity of The Wizard of Oz, Carroll made many appearances that year, serving as a grand marshal in parades, appearing on nationwide radio and TV shows, and signing thousands of autographs for fans. He helped raise money for several different charities.
ST. LOUIS - Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 beloved film "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday. He was 89.
His caretaker, Linda Dodge, said Carroll died in his sleep at her home in suburban Crestwood. He had heart problems and received a pacemaker in February. Until January, he had lived in his own home in suburban Bel-Nor.
Carroll was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited to play the movie natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Carroll told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview that the Munchkins made only $125 a week while filming the movie that would become a classic.
"The Wizard of Oz" was Carroll's only movie. When it appeared on television in the 1960s, he found a new career at charitable events, retail events and Oz-related events.
"It's not me; it's the movie," Carroll said. "When they see me, they think of their childhood, and it makes them smile."