St. Louis Public Radio News
6:28 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

Munchkin Mickey Carrol Dies

St. Louis, MO – One of the last surviving Munchkins from the
1939 classic film, "The Wizard of Oz" has died.

St. Louis actor Mickey Carroll died Thursday at 89.
His caretaker, Linda Dodge, made the announcement Thursday.

Carroll was born Michael Finocchiaro in July 1919 in St. Louis,
the son of Italian immigrants.

He was one of more than a hundred adults and children who were
recruited for "Oz" to play the natives of what author L. Frank
Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz."

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