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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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 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
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 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)
Pin Head
 1999 Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (TV Movie documentary)
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Alternate Names:

Slitzy | Shlitzie Surtees

Height:

4' 2" (1.27 m)
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Because his guardians had predeceased him since he lived to the age of 70 (longer than most micro-cephalics), Schlitze was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in Los Angeles County. When visitors to the Find-a-Grave website lamented this on the message board in 2007, an impromptu online fund-raiser was coordinated and a gravestone was purchased and placed. See more »

Nickname:

The Pinhead

Star Sign:

Virgo

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