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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)

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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)
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 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

With brother Robert, traveled the country with magician Raja Raboid's "Miracles of 1937" show, in which they were part of the sawing-in-half illusion. See more »

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Personal Quote:

If I want to see freaks, I can just look out the window. See more »

Trivia:

Had a lifelong obsession with trains, and even bought a miniature train which he and his brother, Robert, would take to carnivals. Johnny would serve as engineer and give children rides. 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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