|Franz "Mike" Balluck|
September 8, 1913
|Died||January 24, 1987
|Other names||Mike Balluck|
While Balluck's role in Oz was uncredited, subsequent books list him as a Munchkin actor. Leopold von Singer signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to provide 124 proportionately-sized little people to play Munchkins in Oz. Gerlich was recruited because of his dwarfism and was paid $125 a week for his work.
In 2007, all 124 Munchkin actors in Oz were honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Balluck this was a posthumous honor. Seven surviving Munchkin actors attended the ceremony, including Mickey Carroll, Ruth Duccini, Jerry Maren, Margaret Pellegrini, Meinhardt Raabe, Karl Sloverand Clarence Swensen.
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- Rushdie, Salman (1992). The Wizard of Oz. Macmillan. p. 67. ISBN 0851703003.
- Harmetz, Aljean. The Making of the Wizard of Oz. Hyperion, 1998.
- "Mickey Carroll, A Munchkin From The 1939 Classic Film ‘The Wizard Of Oz,’ Dies At 89". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 08/07/2013.
- "Franz 'Mike' Balluck". Find A Grave. Retrieved 08/09/2013. Check date values in:
- "Munchkins of 'Oz' get a star on Walk of Fame". USA Today. 11/21/2007. Retrieved 08/08/2013.
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