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Actor Jerry Maren (1919-2018)

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Jerry Maren, the diminutive actor who had a long career in films and on television, has died at the age of 99. He was the last of the adult Munchkins from the 1939 classic picture "The Wizard of Oz."

He died last month at a nursing facility center in San Diego, California. He had been suffering from dementia.

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Maren was 19 when he played one of the three Lollipop Guild representatives who officially welcomed new arrival Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to Munchkin Land in the beloved MGM musical/fantasy. His character -- flanked by actors Jackie Gerlich and Harry Doll -- presented Dorothy with a large lollipop.

There reportedly are only seven surviving cast members of "The Wizard of Oz": five people who appeared as Munchkin children, actor Ambrose Schindler (age 101), who played one of the Winkies, and Judy Garland's dance stand-in, Caren Marsh (age 99).

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Among Maren's other film credits: "At the Circus" (1939, as Little Professor Atom), "Superman and the Mole Men" (1951), "Hello, Dolly!" (1969), "The Bad News Bears Go to Japan" (1978), "Americathon" (1979), "Where the Buffalo Roam" (1980), "Under the Rainbow" (1981, a film comedy based on rumors that the Munchkin actors misbehaved during the filming of "Oz"), "Tron" (1982), "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983) and "Spaceballs" (1987).

His television credits include: "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1966, he was one of the "little green men" who vexed Granny in the episode "The Flying Saucer"), "Bewitched," "The Wild, Wild West," "Get Smart," "Here's Lucy," "The Odd Couple" and "Seinfeld."

Sad to hear that, as of today, Jerry Maren, the last of “The Munchkins” from THE WIZARD OF OZ, isn’t merely dead, but really most sincerely dead. Nice guy.

Jordyn Holka Retweeted WBEN NewsRadio 930AM

#WizardofOz was my absolute favorite movie as a little girl. I would reenact the Lollipop Guild song for my parents daily (complete with the scrunched up nose, of course), and have pics of me meeting a few of the original Munchkins when I was about 4 years old! RIP, Jerry Maren.

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/surviving-wizard-oz-munchkin-jerry-maren-dies-55701354

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There is no one left to represent the Lollipop Guild. Rest In Peace. 

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Coincidentally, as if they knew it was going to happen and they wanted to run it as a tribute, TCM has THE WIZARD OF OZ scheduled for tonight, June 7.

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??

So, since they schedule about two or more months ahead of time, has it ALWAYS been scheduled for tonight?

That WOULD be kind of a "Twilight Zone" moment!  :o

Sepiatone

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On 6/6/2018 at 12:33 PM, jakeem said:

Jerry Maren, the diminutive actor who had a long career in films and on television, has died at the age of 99. He was the last of the adult Munchkins from the 1939 classic picture "The Wizard of Oz."

His television credits include: "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1966, he was one of the "little green men" who vexed Granny in the episode "The Flying Saucer"), "Bewitched," "The Wild, Wild West," "Get Smart," "Here's Lucy," "The Odd Couple" and "Seinfeld."

And in the 70's, of course, the midget who would run in and toss confetti on the Gong Show winners at the end.

On 6/6/2018 at 12:33 PM, jakeem said:

Maren was 19 when he played one of the three Lollipop Guild representatives who officially welcomed new arrival Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to Munchkin Land in the beloved MGM musical/fantasy. His character -- flanked by actors Jackie Gerlich and Harry Doll -- presented Dorothy with a large lollipop.

IIRC, "Harry Doll", in blue, was actually Harry Earles, better remembered as the tragic hero of "Freaks" (1932).

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Well, at least that's good enough to do a TCM Remembers montage. 

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20 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

??

So, since they schedule about two or more months ahead of time, has it ALWAYS been scheduled for tonight?

That WOULD be kind of a "Twilight Zone" moment!  :o

Sepiatone

Yes, it was on the schedule all along, as part of the series of musicals they're running this month.

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Ah, so sad!

Loved always watching him with Harry Earles, doing that song, which is so memorable. Thanks for the update.

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