Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in the 1939 Judy Garland smash “The Wizard of Oz,” proclaiming the Wicked Witch of the East “really most sincerely dead,” has died at the age of 94.
Press, “He had a headful of hair at 94 and he … remembered
everyday. To me he was a walking history book, very alert.”
Raabe was 22 years old and only 3’6” ft tall when “Wizard of Oz” was
filmed, eventually growing to 4’6” tall. He was one of only nine
speaking Munchkins in the movie, his full line being, “As coroner I must
aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she’s not only
merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.”
He is preceeded in death by his wife Marie Hartline, who worked for a
vaudeville show called
Rose’s Royal Midget Troupe when he married her in 1946. She was killed
in a car accident in 1997.
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