Meinhardt Raabe Obituary

OBITUARY

Meinhardt Raabe, famous Munchkin, Is dead at 94

 

 

  

By Margalit Fox
New York Times
April 10, 2010

As coroner, I must aver
I thoroughly examined her.
And she’s not only merely dead,
She’s really most sincerely dead.

 

When Meinhardt Raabe, an unknown 23-year-old from Wisconsin, sang those lines in his first and only Hollywood feature film, he little suspected that they would shape the course of his life for the next seven decades.

 

The lines, of course, belong to the Munchkin coroner in the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Mr. Raabe’s brief appearance in the film — about 13 seconds of uncredited screen time — made him an internationally recognized pop-cultural figure, if not precisely a household name.

 

Mr. Raabe, who was also a wartime aviator and the first Little Oscar, the mascot of the Oscar Mayer meat company, died Friday in Orange Park, Fla., at 94. Bob Rigel, president of the Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms, Fla., where Mr. Raabe had lived since 1986, said that the cause had not been officially determined but that it was presumed to be a heart attack.

 

At his death, Mr. Raabe was one of a handful of surviving Munchkins from the film.

 

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One Response to “Meinhardt Raabe Obituary”

  1. Landman says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Meinhardt. My Wife is a Wizard of Oz fan, and has met Meinhardt several times. He was always so friendly and gracious. She has most of the Munchkins autographs. Tonight Heaven will have a new “little Giant” as a resident. God Bless the Raabe family.

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