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Schlitze (1901–1971)

Schlitze's actual birth date and name remain unknown. Schlitze suffered from the condition microcephaly and mental retardation, commonly referred to as a "pinhead". It is also rumored that he had a sister, who also was a microcephalic. He was exhibited by Barnum as Maggie, the last of the Aztecs. Because the Mayans and other Meso-American cultures ... See full bio »

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Known For

Freaks
Freaks Himself
(1932)
Island of Lost Souls
Island of Lost Souls Furry Manimal
(1932)
Meet Boston Blackie
Meet Boston Blackie Princess Betsy - Bird Woman
(1941)
The Sideshow
The Sideshow Bit Role
(1928)

Filmography

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 1941 Meet Boston Blackie
Princess Betsy - Bird Woman (uncredited)
 1932 Island of Lost Souls
Furry Manimal (uncredited)
 1928 The Sideshow
Bit Role (uncredited)
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 1932 Freaks
Himself
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 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)
Pin Head
 1999 Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (TV Movie documentary)
Himself

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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Slitzy | Shlitzie Surtees

Height:

4' 2" (1.27 m)
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Trivia:

Schlitze was cartoonist Bill Griffith's inspiration for his famous "Zippy the Pinhead" comic strip (along with a Barnum and Bailey sideshow pinhead exhibited named "Zip the What-is-it"). According to Schlitze's keeper, the pinhead had been taught to talk by California speech experts, and could count up to ten but refused to speak the word eight. Schlitzie's head contained only two ounces of ... See more »

Nickname:

The Pinhead

Star Sign:

Virgo

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