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.