Wizard Of Oz Munchkin Coroner Dies
One Of The Last Surviving Wizard Of Oz Cast Members
2007 - Ruth Duccini, Margaret Pelligrini, Meinhardt Raabe receive Walk of Fame Star
Meinhardt Raabe who played the Munchkin coroner in the 1939 film has died.
Raabe was the oldest surviving Munchkin from the film, which originally starred more than 100 little people.
Raabe enjoyed his late-in-life fame for his "Oz" film role. In 2005, he appeared on several talk shows, including " Jimmy Kimmel Live," to promote his autobiography, "Memories of a Munchkin."
Raabe, who wasn't well enough to attend festivals the past few years, always seemed eager to share stories of old Hollywood.
He also has worked with actors Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan in the "Tarzan" movies of the 1930s and 1940s as Cheetah the Chimp.
Raabe, who was born in Watertown, Wis., earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin and a master's in business administration from Northwestern University.
His family said Raabe's remains will be cremated and returned to Watertown, where a surviving sister, Marion Ziegelman, still lives.
His caregiver says Raabe died yesterday at a hospital in Orange Park, Fla. He was 94.
There are now only four surviving cast members from the "Wizard of Oz." They include Jerry Maren, Margaret Pellegrini, Karl Slover and Ruth L. Robinson-Duccini.