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Munchkin Dies At 93

Posted 11/17/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

One of the last surviving Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz”, Karl Slover dies at 93. Standing at 4-foot-5, Slover was one of the tiniest male Munchkins, he died of cardiopulmonary arrest earlier this week in a Georgia hospital.

Slover was best known for playing the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins’ band but also had other roles; townsman and soldier.

ABC News has more: “Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins.

“He has a genuine immortality,” Fricke said. “Of the 124 little people, he’s one of the handful who got to enjoy this latter-day fame, to have people know who he was and be able to pick him out of the crowd in the movie.” Slover is the first of the three trumpeters to herald the Munchkin mayor when he makes his entrance. Slover had been cast to play the second trumpeter but switched when another actor got stage fright during filming, said longtime friend Allen Pease, the co-founder of the former Munchkinland Market Days outside Chesterton, Ind. ”Karl didn’t know what stage fright meant,” he said.


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