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Overview (4)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died in Crestwood, Missouri, USA  (heart ailment)
Birth NameMichael Finocchiaro
Height 4' 7" (1.4 m)

Mini Bio (1)

At age 7, he began dance lessons at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. It was at the Fox that he met entertainer Jack Haley. Haley took him to Hollywood, where one of his first jobs was as "Mickey" in approximately seven of the Spanky and Our Gang series. At 17 he was one of six bellhops in the 'Call for Phillip Morris' live radio ads, and at 18 was appearing in shows with Mae West. While under contract to MGM, he went to school with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. It was Judy Garland who offered him a part in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He stayed with her during its filming. Soon after, he left show business, realizing that his height would prevent him from having any long-term success as an actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (8)

Actual godfather was mobster Al Capone.
During his career, he did radio shows with George Burns, Jack Benny, Al Jolson and Gracie Allen.
When the burial place of L. Frank Baum's niece, Dorothy Gage, was rediscovered, Mickey replaced her deteriorated headstone with one produced by his family's tombstone company.
Son of Italian immigrants. Had a twin sister.
Met Judy Garland in a vaudeville act while both were working on the Orpheum Theater circuit. The resulting friendship led him to being cast as the violin-playing munchkin in "The Wizard of Oz".
Appears regularly on CW11/KPLR-TV's "The Fan Show" in St. Louis, Missouri. [2007]
Worked for and later owned his family's Monument business. [1980]
Still does occasional interview and personal appearances. [1996]

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