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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 Half Boy
Tarzan the Ape Man
Tarzan the Ape Man Bird Creature
Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan Escapes Gooney-Bird


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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)
 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)

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Performed in Ripley's first Believe it or Not Odditorium at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair; billed as "The Most Remarkable Man Alive!" See more »

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1 Print Biography | 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 »


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. See more »


His classic pose of balancing himself upright with one arm


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i couldn't pay attention to 'freaks' because of him. brightcitylights40391
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