Mickey Carroll

By | Jul 8, 2010

2009 was the 70th anniversary of the film The Wizard of Oz. Very few involved with the film are still alive and on May 7, 2009 we lost one the Munchkins. Mickey Carroll played the part of the Town Crier, marched as a Munchkin Soldier and was the candy-striped Fiddler who escorted Dorothy Gale down the yellow brick.

Mr. Carroll was born Michael Finocchiaro on July 8, 1919, in St. Louis, the son of Italian immigrants. Before his appearance in the Wizard of Oz, he danced in vaudeville, worked on radio ads and radio shows with George Burns, Gracie Allen, Jack Benny and Al Jolson.

Carroll told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview that the Munchkins made only $125 a week while filming, followed by decades of recognition.

In the mid-1940s, Mr. Carroll returned to St. Louis to run the family business making cemetery monuments which he sold it in 1996.

In November 21, 2007 the Munkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Carroll and the six other surviving Munchkins were there as it was uncovered.

When Carroll died he was fondly remembered by his neighbors in St. Louis as a person gave much of his time and money to St. Louis area charities.


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