Harry Monty

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Harry Monty (born Hymie Liechtenstein; April 15, 1904 in Dallas, Texas, USA – December 28, 1999) was an American actor of Polish descent, dwarf actor and stuntperson, whose most notable role was as a Munchkin and a Winged Monkey in the Wizard of Oz.[1]

Professional career[edit]


Monty began his career in vaudeville, and appeared in various films from the 1930s to the 1970s, often uncredited.[2] He appeared in Wizard of Oz in 1939 as a Munchkin, and also as one of the Winged Monkeys. He later said he considered his role as a Munchkin to be the most important of all his roles on stage and film in his 50 year career.[2] His other film roles were in movies including Hellzapoppin', The Court Jester, Planet of the Apes, Papillon,[1] a production of Swiss Family Robinson, Three Ring Circus, Hello, Dolly!, and as a rotoscope reference actor in the 1978 animated film The Lord of the Rings.[2]

He also served as a stuntperson in the films Tarzan Finds a Son!, Bad Bascomb, River of No Return, and Earthquake.[3]


Monty also appeared in the television series Lost in Space, Bonanza, Bewitched,[1] and H.R. Pufnstuf.[3]

Monty died on December 28, 1999, aged 95.


  1. ^ a b c "Wizard of Oz 'Munchkin' dies aged 95". BBC News. 2000-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b c Myrna Oliver (1999-12-31). "Harry Monty; Munchkin in 'Wizard of Oz'". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ a b "Harry Monty". IMDB. 

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