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John Aasen (1890–1938)

Like Charles Chaplin's sidekick, Eric Campbell, Harold Lloyd needed his own giant when casting Why Worry? (1923) in 1922. Lloyd first had his eyes on George Auger (Cardiff Giant) who worked at Ringling Brothers sideshow as a giant. But Auger died before the film started and a search went out for a replacement. The producer Hal Roach heard of a ... See full bio »
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Why Worry?
Why Worry? Colosso
Legionnaires in Paris
The Sting of Stings
Say Uncle
Say Uncle Actor


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 1936 Bengal Tiger
Giant (uncredited)
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Circus
Giant Man (uncredited)
 1935 Carnival
Circus Giant (uncredited)
 1933 The Rummy (Short)
Tall Mechanic (uncredited)
 1932 Freaks
Giant (uncredited)
 1929 The Show of Shows
Junior (uncredited)
 1928 Growing Pains (Short)
Circus giant
 1928 Should Married Men Go Home? (Short)
Very Tall Golfer (uncredited)
 1928 Say Uncle (Short)
 1927 Two Flaming Youths
The Giant (uncredited)
 1927 Legionnaires in Paris
 1927 The Sting of Stings (Short)
 1926 Long Fliv the King (Short)
Giant Swordsman (uncredited)
 1923 Why Worry?
Colosso (as Johan Aasen)
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 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Giant in 'Why Worry'
- Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) ... Giant in 'Why Worry'

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7' 2½" (2.2 m)

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In 2008, his skeleton was measured at 7' 2.4" (219 cm) tall. Previous reports of his height ran as high as 8' 11½" (273 cm) and as low as 7' (213 cm) (according to one edition of Guinness World Records). See more »


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