Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RIP Karl Slover

DUBLIN, Ga.— Karl Slover, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," has died at 93.

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin confirmed the death of the 4-foot-5 Slover on Tuesday at Fairview Park Hospital.

He appeared at a "Wizard of Oz" festival in Chesterton, Ind., in September and signed autographs.

Slover was a native of what is now the Czech Republic. He was 2 feet tall at the age of 8 and his father sent him to work in a traveling show.

He changed his last name from Kosiczky to Slover, the name of the family that owned the carnival where he worked, and became an American citizen in 1943.

Slover, who was 21 when he appeared in the classic film, had roles in several other movies, but once said his Oz role was his most memorable.

He recalled that he never had much contact with Garland or the other stars but remembers Billie Burke, who played Glinda the good witch, as "kind of nice."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

SLOVER, Karl (Karl Kosiczky)
Born: 9/21/1918, Prakendorf, Germany
Died: 11/15/2011, Dublin, Georgia, U.S.A.

Karl Slover's western - actor:
The Terror of Tiny Town - 1938 (Sammy)

 

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