Eddie Carmel

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Jewish Giant, taken at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970, Diane Arbus.

Eddie Carmel (March 16, 1936 – August 14, 1972) was an entertainer with gigantism and subsequent acromegaly resulting from a pituitary adenoma. Popularly known as "The Jewish Giant", Carmel was billed at the height of 8 ft 9 in (268 cm) tall, though he may have more realistically been around 7 ft 3 tall.[1] At the time of his death at age 36, he had shrunk several inches, due to kyphoscoliosis (curvature of the spine, a mixture of scoliosis, and kyphosis, meaning hunchback).

Early life[edit]

Oded Ha-Carmeili (Hebrew: עודד הכרמלי) was born in Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine, to American-Jewish immigrants. An only child, he was raised in the Bronx, New York, after his parents Itzhak and Miriam (née Pines) Ha-Carmeili relocated back to the United States when he was a young boy. "Eddie" was his nickname from his youth, and Carmel was a stage surname. He was made famous by photographer Diane Arbus' picture Jewish Giant, taken at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1970.

Career[edit]

Due to his condition, his primary work was in carnival sideshows, including appearances at Hubert's Museum in Times Square and a few films such as 50,000 B.C. (Before Clothing) (1963), and The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962). He died in New York City.

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