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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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 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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 2016 Schlitzie: One of Us (Documentary) (filming)
 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)

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Performed in circuses, sideshows, and carnivals since age 12 See more »

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1 Print Biography | See more »

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


The only time Johnny and Rob were ever apart from each other was the time Johnny spent in Hollywood filming Freaks (1932). See more »


His classic pose of balancing himself upright with one arm


Johnny Half-Boy See more »

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i couldn't pay attention to 'freaks' because of him. brightcitylights40391
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The first time I saw him I thought: he was beautiful mariaprile
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