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Johnny Eck (1911–1991)

Johnny Eck was born John Echkardt, twenty minutes after his twin brother Robert. The boys entered the sideshow circuit at the age of 12, where John was billed as "Johnny Eck, The Half-boy." Johnny went on to play a role in Tod Browning's Freaks (1932) before returning with his brother to Baltimore, where he became a screen painter. Johnny died ... See full bio »

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Known For

Freaks
Freaks Half Boy
(1932)
Tarzan the Ape Man
Tarzan the Ape Man Bird Creature
(1932)
Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan Escapes Gooney-Bird
(1936)

Filmography

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 1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure
Bird (uncredited)
 1936 Tarzan Escapes
Gooney-Bird (uncredited)
 1932 Tarzan the Ape Man
Bird Creature (uncredited)
 1932 Freaks
Half Boy
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 2017 Schlitzie: One of Us (Documentary) (filming)
Himself
 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

With his normal identical twin brother, Robert, performed in 1937 magic show's sawing-in-half routine. See more »

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Personal Quote:

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. See more »

Trivia:

Owned a miniature car that was street-legal in Baltimore. See more »

Trademark:

His classic pose of balancing himself upright with one arm

Nickname:

The Half-Man See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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