Mickey Carroll

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Mickey Carroll
Born Michael Finocchiaro
(1919-07-08)July 8, 1919
St. Louis, Missouri
Died May 7, 2009(2009-05-07) (aged 89)
Crestwood, Missouri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938–1939

Mickey Carroll (July 8, 1919 - May 7, 2009) was an American actor and was one of the last surviving munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Michael Finocchiaro in St. Louis, Missouri, Carroll was the son of Italian immigrants.[1] He was born along with a twin sister, who, unlike Carroll, was of average size.[2]

As a child Carroll began dance lessons at the Fox Theater in St. Louis.[3] At 17 he was one of six bellhops in the 'Call for Phillip Morris' live radio ads, and at 18 was appearing in shows with Mae West.

While under contract to MGM, he went to school with Judy Garland[3] and Mickey Rooney. It was Garland herself who offered him a part in The Wizard of Oz.[citation needed] He stayed with her during filming.[citation needed] Carroll was cast as Munchkinland's "Town Crier". His costume consisted of a purple cloak with a yellow flower sticking out of his striped vest. He also marched as a "Munchkin Soldier", and as one of the candy-striped "Fiddlers" who escorted Dorothy down the yellow brick road towards the Emerald City.[4]

Soon after the success of the film, Carroll left show business. In the mid-1940s, he returned to St. Louis to run the family business making cemetery monuments. After he sold it in 1996, he filled his time with charity work.[5]

In November 2007, Carroll, along with six of the other remaining Munchkins, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[6] 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.

Death[edit]

On May 7, 2009, Carroll died in his sleep at the home of his caretaker in Crestwood, Missouri. He suffered from a heart ailment and complications from Alzheimer's disease. After his death, his family sued his caretaker, whom Carroll had transferred all assets to four months before his death.[7]

He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mickey Carroll, an ‘Oz’ Munchkin, Dies at 89". New York Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Cox, Stephen (1989). The Munchkins remember: "The Wizard of Oz" and beyond. E.P. Dutton. p. 56. ISBN 9780525484868. 
  3. ^ a b "Mickey Carroll". Explore St. Louis. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "One of Last Surviving 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkins Mickey Carroll Dies". Fox News. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "`Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Mickey Carroll dies at 89". google.com. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Munchkins of 'Oz' get a star on Walk of Fame". USA Today. 11/21/2007. Retrieved 08/08/2013.
  7. ^ Jones, Stephen (2010). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21. Running Press. p. 447. ISBN 9780762439973. 
  8. ^ "Calvary Cemetery in Zip Code 63115". 63115. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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