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Karl Slover

Karl Slover

(1918 – 2011)

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Karl Slover
(1918 – 2011)

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(1918 – 2011)
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This is an online obituary dedicated to the memory of Karl Slover. Karl Slover was a Slovak-born American actor best known as one of the munchkin actors in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Karl Slover was born as Karl Kosiczky on September 21, 1918 in Prakovce, Slovakia (then Prakfalva, Kingdom of Hungary). Diagnosed at an early age with pituitary dwarfism, Karl Slover was barely two feet tall by his eighth birthday. Dwarfism was not a family trait; his father stood six feet six inches, and his mother was just a few inches shorter. Karl Slover's father went to great lengths to make Karl taller, including taking him to Hungary, where doctors fixed stretchers to his arms and legs.
When Karl Slover was just nine
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years old, his father sent him to work for a traveling midget show based out of Berlin, Germany. After working with the show for several years, Karl Slover moved to the United States where he joined another traveling show. It wasn't long before Karl Slover began appearing as midgets in films like The Terror of Tiny Town, Block-Heads, Bringing Up Baby, and They Gave Him a Gun.
Karl Slover was working in Hawaii when his circus manager sent him to Hollywood, where 'little people' were needed for an upcoming film called The Wizard of Oz. At the age of 21 and standing just 4 feet 4 inches, Karl Slover played the parts of four munchkins in the movie; the first trumpeter, a soldier, one of the sleepy heads, and was
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among those who sang "Follow the Yellow Brick Road".
After filming Oz, Karl Slover began working for the 'Original World Famous Singers Midget Show' where he sang and danced throughout the United States. When the show ended in 1942, Karl Slover joined the Royal American Carnival in Tampa, Florida. At this time he took the last name Slover, the last name of his stage manager.
Karl Slover remained very active in his later years and participated in several celebrations related to The Wizard of Oz. Every June, Karl Slover attended festivities celebrating Judy Garland's birthday at the Judy Garland Museum & Birthplace in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In November 2007, Karl Slover joined seven other surviving munchkins
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in Hollywood where honorary mayor Johnny Grant unveiled a star dedicated to the munchkins on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Karl Slover died on the 15th November 2011. This is an online tribute dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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On 22nd Jan 2012
Allan Morris
wrote:
I Have always liked the Wizard of Oz & to find out he was also in Terror of Tiny Town is a double surprise. We miss you.
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Karl Slover

This is an online obituary dedicated to the memory of Karl Slover. Karl Slover was a Slovak-born American actor best known as one of the munchkin actors in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Karl Slover was born as Karl Kosiczky on September 21, 1918 in Prakovce, Slovakia (then Prakfalva, Kingdom of Hungary). Diagnosed at an early age with pituitary dwarfism, Karl Slover was barely two feet tall by his eighth birthday. Dwarfism was not a family trait; his father stood six feet six inches, and his mother was just a few inches shorter. Karl Slover's father went to great lengths to make Karl taller, including taking him to Hungary, where doctors fixed stretchers to his arms and legs.
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