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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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Known For

Freaks Half Boy
1932

Filmography

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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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 2020 Schlitzie: One of Us (Documentary) (filming)
Himself
 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

With his normal identical twin brother, Robert, performed in 1937 magic show's sawing-in-half routine. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Height:

1' 5" (0.43 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Was displayed in the late 1930s in several Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditoriums, where he was billed as "The Most Remarkable Man Alive!" See more »

Trademark:

His classic pose of balancing himself upright with one arm

Nickname:

Johnny Half-Boy See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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