Prince Denis

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Prince Denis
Born Denis
(1900-01-26)January 26, 1900
Barritz, France
Died June 20, 1984(1984-06-20) (aged 84)
Phoenix, Arizona
Other names Prince Dennison
Spouse(s) Ethel W. Denis
(m.1939-1968)

Prince Denis (January 26, 1900 – June 20, 1984) was an American actor of sideshows and film with dwarfism, best known for his role as the Munchkin Sergeant-at-Arms in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz".

Early life[edit]

Originally from France, Denis moved to the United States and changed his name to Dennison before eventually legally changing it to Prince Denis.

Career[edit]

Denis toured various circuses, including the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, with his two sisters, Princess Marguerite and Lady Little.[1] Denis would later go on to appear in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz at the age of 25. His wife Ethel also had a minor role as a Munchkin in the film.[2] He stated that he himself had played the role of the mayor of Munchkinland and that Charlie Becker, who had played the mayor, was selected for playing the sergeant-in-arms. It was later learned that Denis had lied for more publicity.[3]

He later went on to appear in films such as The Greatest Show on Earth and Three Wise Fools.

Death[edit]

Denis died in 1984 at the age of 84, at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.[4]

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