|Born||August Clarence Swensen
December 29, 1917
|Died||February 25, 2009
|Resting place||Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, Austin|
Swensen was born in 1917 and grew up in Austin, Texas. He was not allowed to attend a public school until he was nine because of his size. At 4ft 6in, he played one of the 25 Munchkin soldiers in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
After suffering a stroke in 2005, he was unable to walk and ended up in a wheelchair as a result. He suffered from poor health then after but still attended many events with the other surviving Munchkins, including the presentation of the Munchkins' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.