|Born||in St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Died||in Crestwood, Missouri, USA (heart ailment)|
|Birth Name||Michael 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