Performed in Ripley's first Believe it or Not Odditorium at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair; billed as "The Most Remarkable Man Alive!"
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I met hundreds and thousands of people, and none finer than the midgets and the Siamese twins and the caterpillar man and the bearded woman and the human seal with the little flippers for hands. I never asked them any embarrassing questions and they never asked me, and God, it was a great adventure.
Was "discovered" by talent scouts while performing in Canadian Exposition. His manager had told him he was going to California to work in a circus, so didn't realize he was going to be in a movie until he reported for work and found himself on a sound stage.
His classic pose of balancing himself upright with one arm