Jerry Maren

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Jerry Maren
Jerry Maren 2010.jpg
Maren in January 2010
Born Gerald Marenghi
(1920-01-24)January 24, 1920
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 24, 2018(2018-05-24) (aged 98)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiopulmonary arrest
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1939-2010
Known for Last living cast member and Munchkin of (The Wizard of Oz)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Barrington
(1975-2011; her death)

Jerry Maren (born Gerard Marenghi; January 24, 1920 – May 24, 2018) was an American actor and writer. He was the only confirmed surviving dwarf Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz (in 2014).[1]

The other surviving munchkin cast member was Ruth Robinson Duccini until she died in 2014.[1] Maren is the last surviving male dwarf Munchkin from the movie and later the only living Munchkin actor since the death of Duccini.[2] Maren retired from public appearances in September 2011.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Maren was born Gerard Marenghi in Boston, Massachusetts on January 24, 1920.

Career[change | change source]

In the 1950s, Maren worked as a Little Oscar for the Oscar Mayer Company and as Buster Brown in television and radio commercials. Later he joined his friend Billy Barty in organizing Little People of America. Maren has also portrayed Mayor McCheese and The Hamburglar in commercials for McDonald's.

In the late 1970s, he was the dapper little man on The Gong Show, heralding each show's big finish with an onslaught of confetti as Milton Delugg's band played "Hoop Dee Doo".

Maren also made a notable appearance in The Odd Couple episode 'Felix the Horseplayer' as Harry Tallman, a racehorse exerciser who was giving Oscar tips on winning horses.

Personal life[change | change source]

Maren was married to Elizabeth Barrington from 1975 until her death at age 69 on January 27, 2011.

He lived in Southern California.[4]

Death[change | change source]

On May 24, 2018, Maren died in San Diego of cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by dementia at the age of 98.[5][6]

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